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Peter Erskine (born June 5, 1954) is an American jazz drummer who was a member of the jazz fusion groups Weather Report and Steps Ahead.

Peter Erskine
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Erskine with Michel Benita
Background information
Born (1954-06-05) June 5, 1954 (age 65)
Somers Point, New Jersey
Genres
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsDrums
Years active1972–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitewww.petererskine.com

BiographyEdit

 
Peter Erskine

Erskine was born in Somers Point, New Jersey, U.S.[1] He began playing the drums at the age of four. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy[2] in Michigan, then studied percussion at Indiana University.

His professional career started in 1972 when he joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra.[2] After three years with Kenton he joined Maynard Ferguson for two years. In 1978 he joined Weather Report,[2][3] joining Jaco Pastorius in the rhythm section. After four years and five albums with Weather Report and the Jaco Pastorius big band Word of Mouth, he joined Steps Ahead.

He was featured on Kate Bush's 2005 album Aerial, where Erskine teamed with bass player Eberhard Weber. Diana Krall, Eliane Elias, Queen Latifah and Linda Ronstadt, as well as Scottish and Finnish classical orchestras, have had Erskine perform as a featured musician.

In 1983, he performed on the Antilles Records release Swingrass '83.[4]

In 2011, he appeared on stage at the Royal Opera House, London in the new opera Anna Nicole.[5]

Erskine splits his time as a musician and a professor at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. In 1992, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music.[6]

Erskine is the father of actress Maya Erskine.[7]

DiscographyEdit

As leaderEdit

  • 1982 Peter Erskine (Contemporary)
  • 1987 Transition (Denon)
  • 1988 Motion Poet (Denon)
  • 1989 Aurora (Denon)
  • 1991 Sweet Soul
  • 1993 You Never Know (ECM)
  • 1994 Time Being (ECM)
  • 1995 From Kenton to Now with Richard Torres (Fuzzy Music)
  • 1995 History of the Drum (Interworld)
  • 1996 As It Is (ECM)
  • 1997 Lava Jazz (Fuzzy Music)
  • 1999 Juni (ECM)
  • 2000 Live at Rocco (Fuzzy Music)
  • 2001 Side Man Blue (Fuzzy Music)
  • 2002 Badlands (Fuzzy Music)
  • 2007 Worth the Wait with Tim Hagans (Fuzzy Music)
  • 2010 The Interlochen Concert (Fuzzy Music)
  • 2011 Joy Luck (Fuzzy Music)[8]
  • 2015 Dr. Um (Fuzzy Music)
  • 2016 Second Opinion (Fuzzy Music)
  • 2016 In Praise of Shadows (Fuzzy Music)[9]
  • 2018 On Call (Fuzzy Music)

Source:[10]

As co-leaderEdit

Source:[10][11]

As sidemanEdit

With Rez Abbasi

  • 1995 Third Ear
  • 1998 Modern Memory

With John Abercrombie

With David Benoit

With Wayne Bergeron

  • 2002 You Call This a Living?
  • 2016 Full Circle

With Warren Bernhardt

  • 1983 Warren Bernhardt Trio
  • 1987 Hands On
  • 1991 Heat of the Moment
  • 2003 Amelia's Song
  • 2003 So Real

With Randy Bernsen

  • 1986 Music for Planets People and Washing Machines
  • 1987 Mo' Wasabi

With Chris Botti

With Michael Brecker

With Michael Bublé

With Gary Burton

With Joey Calderazzo

  • 1991 In the Door
  • 1993 The Traveler

With George Cables

With Alex Cline

  • 1999 Sparks Fly Upward
  • 2001 The Constant Flame

With Eddie Daniels

  • 1992 Benny Rides Again
  • 1993 Under the Influence
  • 1995 The Five Seasons

With Al Di Meola

With Yelena Eckemoff

  • 2010 Cold Sun (L&H)
  • 2010 Flying Steps (L&H)
  • 2013 Glass Song (L&H)
  • 2018 Desert (L&H)

With Eliane Elias

With Maynard Ferguson

With Don Grolnick

  • 1986 Hearts and Numbers
  • 1990 Weaver of Dreams

With Bob James

  • 1983 Foxie
  • 1983 The Genie
  • 1984 The Swan

With Marc Johnson

With Stan Kenton

With Diana Krall

With Chuck Loeb

  • 1994 Simple Things
  • 2013 Silhouette

With Mike Mainieri

  • 1981 Wanderlust
  • 1995 An American Diary
  • 1997 An American Diary Vol. 2

With Vince Mendoza

  • 1990 Start Here
  • 1992 Jazzpaña
  • 1994 Sketches
  • 1997 Caribbean Night

With Bob Mintzer

  • 1982 Source
  • 1983 Papa Lips
  • 1985 Incredible Journey
  • 1986 Camouflage
  • 1988 Spectrum
  • 1989 Urban Contours
  • 1990 The Art of the Big Band
  • 1991 Departure
  • 1992 Hymn
  • 1992 I Remember Jaco
  • 1995 The First Decade
  • 1998 Quality Time
  • 2003 Gently
  • 2012 For the Moment
  • 2016 All L.A. Band

With Alan Pasqua

  • 2005 My New Old Friend
  • 2007 Standards

With Jaco Pastorius

  • 1981 Word of Mouth
  • 1983 Invitation
  • 1995 The Birthday Concert
  • 2000 Twins Live in Japan 1982
  • 2004 Guitar & Bass
  • 2005 Live in Japan
  • 2006 Introducing: Jaco Pastorius
  • 2006 The Word Is Out
  • 2007 Live and Outrageous
  • 2008 The Florida Concert
  • 2017 Truth Liberty & Soul

With John Patitucci

  • 1987 John Patitucci
  • 1990 Sketchbook
  • 1994 Mistura Fina

With John Scofield

  • 1994 Summertime
  • 2001 Shortcuts 1995 Jazzpar

With Steps Ahead

  • 1983 Steps Ahead
  • 1984 Modern Times
  • 1986 Magnetic
  • 2005 Holding Together

With Mike Stern

With Sadao Watanabe

  • 1991 Sweet Deal
  • 1992 A Night with Strings

With Weather Report

With Kenny Wheeler

Source:[11]

With othersEdit

Source:[11]

BooksEdit

  • Time Awareness
  • The Erskine Method for Drumset
  • My Book
  • The Drum Perspective
  • Drum Concepts and Techniques
  • No Beethoven: An Autobiography and Chronicle of Weather Report

DVDEdit

  • The Erskine Method for Drumset (Alfred Publishing Company)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stewart, Zan. "Drummer Discovers Small Is Beautiful", Los Angeles Times, April 25, 1993. Accessed November 19, 2013. "Last year, [Peter Erskine], along with bassist John Patitucci, traveled through the United States for a month with a threesome led by pianist Chick Corea. The Somers Point, N. J., native also worked in Italy and Spain as part of pianist Joey Calderazzo's trio, then recorded on the latter's upcoming Blue Note release."
  2. ^ a b c Wynn, Ron. "Peter Erskine: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-04.
  3. ^ Wynn, Ron (2008-06-25). "Weather Report: Biography". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2010-06-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Swingrass '83 - Swingrass | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  5. ^ "Anna Nicole Review". The Guardian. 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  6. ^ Percussion, MEINL. "Peter Erskine". MEINL Percussion - Artists. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  7. ^ "Erskine-Konkle". Vulture.com.
  8. ^ "Joy Luck". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  9. ^ "In Praise of Shadows". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Peter Erskine | Album Discography". AllMusic.
  11. ^ a b c "Peter Erskine | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 March 2019.

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