Ralph Peterson Trio, Saturday, June 17, 7:30pm, Community Music School of Springfield


featuring Ralph Peterson, Jr., drums, Zacchai Curtis, piano and Luques Curtis, bass, Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State St., Springfield, MA.

Ralph Peterson, Jr. was born in 1962 in Pleasantville, New Jersey and comes from a family of drummers. Even before graduating from Rutgers University in 1984, where he also played trumpet, Peterson joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers as the second drummer. Throughout the 1980s, he worked with Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison, Walter Davis, Jr., Tom Harrell, Out of the Blue, Branford Marsalis, David Murray, Craig Harris, James Spaulding and Roy Hargrove.

He began recording as a leader in 1988, with V, followed by Volition, both with Terence Blanchard, Steve Wilson, Geri Allen, and Phil Bowler. He also recorded Triangular with Allen and Essiet Essiet. In 1989 he recorded his first Fo’tet album, featuring Don Byron.

Triangular III, recorded at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, features Zacchai and Luques Curtis, and is released jointly on Peterson’s Onyx Music and the Curtis Brother’s Truth Revolution Records.

The Curtis Brothers artistic journey began in Hartford, Connecticut, first with Jackie and Dollie McLean’s Artists Collective, then with David Santoro at the Hartford Academy of the Arts. Eventually both brothers continued their studies in Boston, Zaccai at the New England Conservatory, and Luques at Berklee College of Music, where he first met Peterson.

Donald Harrison gave the Brothers their first touring band experience. They have subsequently played and recorded with Brian Lynch, Joe Ford, Jerry González Fort Apache Band, Pedro Martinez, Gary Burton, Orrin Evans, Sean Jones and John Santos among others. Their 2010 debut recording is titled, Blood – Spirit – Land – Water – Freedom (Truth Revolution.)