Ralph Peterson's TriAngular III PDX Jazz

  • PDX Jazz Winningstad Theatre 1111 Southwest Broadway Portland, OR, 97205 United States

Jazz drummer, bandleader and educator Ralph Peterson achieved early notoriety as Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers second drummer in 1983 and has continued in his footsteps with mentoring young talent throughout his career. Over the years, Peterson has also played with jazz heavyweights such as Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Charles Lloyd, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Jon Faddis, Dewey Redman, Geri Allen, Betty Carter, Stanley Cowell and Wynton Marsalis. But arguably his most impressive work has been featured with his own trio, TriAngular, whose first iteration put out their album on Blue Note Records in 1988. In early 2016, Peterson resurrected TriAngular for only the third time in nearly 30 years with its new album, TriAngular III, and this time being aided by the surefire musical chemistry of brothers Luques and Zaccai Curtis on bass and drums respectively. This reinvigorated version of TriAngular provides a dazzling showcase for Peterson’s boundless energy and imaginative tunes while allowing The Curtis Brothers room to show off their own composition skills and flawless musical chops.

“This is Harlem jazz at its finest, tough as nails and sophisticated as hell…” – The Observer