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Peter Erskine : drums
Peter Erskine

drummer, composer, educator, author, producer, bandleader, ECM recording artist

Peter Erskine is best known for his versatility and ardent love of working in various musical settings. He began his career at the age of 18 with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, and has since played with such groups as Weather Report and Steps Ahead; the big bands of Maynard Ferguson, and Bob Mintzer; music ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, the ASKO and Avanti Ensembles; 'pop' artists Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs and Joni Mitchell, plus many other musicians, recording over 300 albums. He leads his own trio which records for ECM, and he runs his own record label FUZZY MUSIC; he tours and teaches extensively, and has won numerous awards for his work, including a "Grammy," the Modern Drummer Reader Poll/Mainstream Jazz Drummer category (5 times), and an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee School of Music. Peter is also now a member of the Yellowjackets. The Hal Leonard Corporation is publishing his new performance video ("Peter Erskine Trio Live at JazzBaltica") and book ("The Drum Perspective"). Peter will be the soloist, along with Evelyn Glennie, at the world premiere of a new Double Concerto for Percussion composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage, which will be premiered in London at the Proms this July with Sir Andrew Davis conducting.