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.
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.
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.
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.