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Peter Erskine, Drummer

Performed or Recorded With:

Alan Pasqua
Dave Carpenter
Peter Erskine Trio
The Abercrombie-Erskine - Mintzer - Patitucci Band
Joe Zawinul
Weather Report
Diana Krall
Steps Ahead
Steely Dan
Chick Corea
Joe Henderson
Freddie Hubbard
Gary Burton
Pat Metheny
Joni Mitchell
Ralph Towner
Sadao Watanabe
Hubert Laws
BBC Symphony Orchestra
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Ensemble Modern
ASKO and Avanti Ensembles
Kenny Wheeler Quintet & Big Band
Bob Mintzer Big Band Jymmy Haslip
Russel Ferrante
Bobby Mintzer
John Taylor
Palle Danielson
Rita Marcotulli
Mike Brecker
Randy Brecker
Mike Mainieri
Eddie Gomez
Chick Corea
Gary Burton
Pat Metheny
Joni Mitchell
Ralph Towner
Jan Garbarek
John Scofield
Joe Lovano
Bill Frisell
Marc Johnson
Chuck Berghofer
Salif Keita
Herbie Hancock
The Yellowjackets
Larry Bunker
Abe Most
Sue Raney
Dean Parks
Nguyen Le
Michel Benita


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Peter Erskine, Drummer

Peter Erskine was born Somers Point NJ 5 June, 1954. He began playing the drums at the age of four, and has now been at the forefront of world-class jazz ensembles for over twenty five years. His first major professional work was with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, which he joined in 1972. After a three year stint with Kenton and a two year stay with Maynard Ferguson, he joined Weather Report in 1978. The excellence of the partnership between Erskine and bassist Jaco Pastorius was an integral part of that group's success. Following his 4 years inWeather Report (having recorded five albums with them including the Grammy Award winning "8:30"), he began to play with Mike Brecker, Mike Mainieri and Eddie Gomez in the group Steps Ahead. His other touring and recording credits (250 albums) include Steely Dan, ChickCorea, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton & Pat Metheny, Boz Scaggs, Joni Mitchell, Ralph Towner, Sadao Watanabe, Hubert Laws, Vanessa Williams, Al Di Meola, Eliane Elias, Miroslav Vitous and JanGarbarek, as well as "Bass Desires" (with John Scofield, Bill Frisell, and Marc Johnson), the John Abercrombie Trio, the Kenny Wheeler Quintet & Big Band, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, as well as his own group. Peter has recorded nine solo albums: "Peter Erskine", "Transition", "Motion Poet", "Big Theatre", "Sweet Soul", and his ECM recordings "You Never Know" and "Time Being", and "As It Is", as well as "History of the DRUM" on Interworld Music.

Besides touring and recording, Peter is now pursuing new avenues in his career by composing for dance, theatre and animation. He has completed musical scores for Shakespeare's King Richard II and A Midsummer Night's Dream, the latter being honored by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle with the award for the "Best Original Musical Score 1987". His music for The American Conservatory Theatre's production of Twelfth Night was awarded by the Bay Area Drama Critics' Circle as the "Best Dramatic Score for 1989". His most recent works for this medium are Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, and the dance piece "History of the Drum - Transitions in Rhythm", written expressly for the Kokuma Dance Company of Birmingham, England. In addition, he is now writing and producing the music for the Japanese anime series "Gun Smith Cats."

Erskine is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and studied percussion with George Gaber at Indiana University. His own pedagogical efforts include 2 instructional videos, as well as two drum instruction books. Peter conducts clinics, classes and seminars world-wide. He has thrice won the Modern Drummer Magazine Readers' Poll in the Mainstream Jazz Drummer category, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from the Berklee College of Music.

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