Ralph Peterson

Ralph Peterson by Clara Pereira
Photo by by Clara Pereira

It’s a sad week. Master drummer and musician Ralph Peterson passed away on March 1st at the young age of 58.

I remember being obsessed with his instructional DVD, which was also the first time I heard a young Melissa Aldana. In the spirit of Art Blakey, Ralph was committed to carrying on the tradition of mentoring young musicians.

I’ve been a fan of Ralph’s for as long as I can remember, but only got to see him play live once.

In 2018 I met John Riley at the Manhattan School of Music for a lesson. As we were walking down the hall, we could hear drumming in the distance. As we got closer and realized where the sound was coming from, John was concerned and remarked “nobody should be in my office.”

When John opened the door to his office, there was Ralph Peterson, helping a student prepare for a gig. What a surprise! I said hello and told him I was a big fan.

Later that week I made my way over to the Jazz Standard for a Geri Allen tribute concert that Ralph put together with Luques Curtis and Orrin Evans. We spoke briefly after the show and I left with such warm feelings.

Rest in peace, Ralph.

Herlin Riley Live from New Orleans

Two years ago I had the pleasure of being in New Orleans on King’s Day for the king cake kick-off and saw Herlin Riley live at Bywater Bakery‘s block party. It was an unforgettable experience.

This year they held the event virtually and it was great! I was so glad to get a taste of New Orleans all the way up at the north end of the Mississippi river.

Featured Performers included:

Leyla McCella, John Boutte, Charmane Neville, and a Super Group comprised of: Herlin Riley, Oscar Rosignolli, Corey Henry, Wendell Brunious, Wes “Warm Daddy” Anderson, Detroit Brooks, and Chris Severen.

Happy New Year and Happy (almost) Mardi Gras!

Want to order a king cake? Bywater Bakery has you covered!

Feed the Second Line

Please consider donating to Feed the Second Line. They’re doing important work in New Orleans to make sure that musicians and cultural leaders are supported during this time of limited work.

Bill Stewart at Bar Bayeux

If you missed Bill Stewart at the Village Vanguard last weekend with Renee Rosnes, it was quite a set of shows. Renee’s group sounded great and Bill was in fine form.

Here’s another chance to check out Bill Stewart, thanks to Bar Bayeux. They have been killing it lately, doing live streams every Wednesday evening and leaving them online for about 6 days after.

Last night’s show featured:

  • Jerome Sabbagh: tenor saxophone
  • Mark Turner: tenor saxophone
  • Joe Martin: bass
  • Bill Stewart: drums

The setlist was wonderful and full of well-known standards. Watch this one while it’s still available!

Next week on 11/25 is the Adam Birnbaum Trio featuring David Wong and Rodney Green.

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Quincy Davis – Q Vision

Quincy Davis sitting at a red Yamaha drum set with Zildjian cymbals

Congrats to Quincy Davis on the release of his new album, Q Vision. You can get a copy from his website or stream it just about anywhere. I listened to it while working today and it sounds great. He’s a great player and musician.

Quincy Davis is a drummer and composer who has recorded with has recorded with Tom Harrell, Benny Green, Hank Jones, Kurt Elling, Gerald Clayton, and many others. He is also assistant professor of drumset at the University of North Texas.

Quincy has wonderful YouTube channel full of interviews and lessons that is worth subscribing to. He posts regularly and always with valuable content.

Also be sure to check out his website. He has some great transcriptions of solos by Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Philly Joe Jones.

Congrats on the new album, Quincy!

Philly Joe Jones Solo Book with John Riley

The Memphis Drum Shop recently had John Riley in to show off his cymbal collection and while he was there he also talked about the great Philly Joe Jones solo book by Joerg Eckel. It’s always great to hear John play and he does a good job here demonstrating some of the stickings used in the book.

The new and updated version of the book is now officially available. Just to be clear, the black cover is the new version.

Memphis Drum Shop, Steve Maxwell Drum Shop, and Columbus Percussion have the new version of the book in stock. Whether you have the original version or not, the new one is worth getting!