The Peterson Family has been performing locally, nationally, and internationally for many years. The family consists of Matriarch, Jeanne Arland Peterson, her five children Linda, Billy, Ricky, Patty and Paul as well as members of the third generation including Jason.
Jeanne Arland Peterson, jazz pianist extraordinaire, is a living legend. She has won numerous awards, including the Arts Midwest Jazz Masters’ award in 1998. Jeanne’s husband, Willie, was also a fine pianist and organist but passed away in 1969 from cancer. He was the Minnesota Twins’ organist at the time. Jeanne then took over as the Twins’ organist for three years. She has watched her children continue in their parents’ footsteps. Jeanne has recently been the featured pianist on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz show on Public Radio. She has four CDs to her credit.
Linda Peterson is a talented pianist, vocalist and songwriter, known internationally for her original jazz composition entitled, “Too Late To Leave Early” recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark. Linda has two additional CDs to her credit, “Live at Monmartre” and “Jazz After Hours” and performs with her group for jazz festivals, concerts and in clubs in America and abroad. She now lives in Palm Springs, California where is performing nightly as well as concerts.
Billy Peterson is one of the premier bass players in the world, as well as being a successful producer and arranger. Billy has toured and recorded with Ben Sidran, Eddie Harris, Leo Kottke, Bob Dylan and Steve Miller, to name a few. He is also one of the most called upon studio musicians for many local jazz artists. He is currently touring with Ben Sidran.
Patty Peterson is a dynamic vocalist with seven Minnesota Music awards to her credit. She is an award winning jazz vocalist both live and in studio for national recording artists and commercials. Patty has three solo CDs to her credit, and is about to release her fourth CD featuring David Hazeltine and Shelia E. She has performed and recorded with such musical luminaries as David Sanborn, Steve Miller, Donny Osmond and Ben
Sidran. She continues to perform across the country in clubs and concerts as well as appearing for motivational speaking engagements.
Ricky Peterson is one of the most sought after studio and session keyboard players and producers in America. While continuing as the
musical director for saxophonist, David Sanborn, Ricky has a solo career as a vocalist/keyboardist, with four CDs to his credit. He coproduced “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” for Prince and continues to produce for many other artists. Ricky is currently on tour with Stevie Nicks and David Sanborn.
Paul Peterson was discovered at age 17 by the legendary artist Prince, and was featured in his award winning film “Purple Rain.” Paul is in
demand as a studio musician for Johnny Lang, Oleta Adams, Anita Baker, and George Benson to name a few. He is currently on the road with Oleta Adams as well as his own group, “fDeluxe,” featuring 4 original members of Prince’s group “The Family.” He is a multi-instrumentalist, playing bass, piano, guitar and drums.
Jason Peterson De Laire is the first performer of the “grandchildren” to join the professional ranks. He is a gifted pianist/writer/saxophonist/vocalist and has worked with the likes of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Prince, Donny Osmond, Richard Marx and Alexander O’Neal. Jason is equally comfortable performing a classic jazz standard or an R&B song. He is currently on tour with Oleta Adams and Fdeluxe.