Podcast Ep 4: Peter Erskine

Peter Erskine has been playing drums at the age of four and since then his musical journey has taken him to being one of the most well respected jazz drummers of all time. Peter has performed on 700 albums and film scores, has picked up two Grammy Awards, and has an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music.

Peter’s professional drumming career began with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and then on to working with Maynard Ferguson. It was soon after Peter began working with Jaco Pastorius before joining Weather Report and moving to Los Angeles. Peter recorded five albums with Weather Report and toured the world many times with the band.

Peter has worked with many influential artists including Diana Krall, Joni Mitchell, Vince Mendoza, Steely Dan, plus European musicians Jan Garbarek, Kenny Wheeler, Palle Danielsson, John Taylor, Kate Bush, Nguyen Lê, Rita Marcotulli, the Norrbotten Big Band in Sweden plus Sadao Watanabe in Japan. Peter’s film work includes “Memoirs of a Geisha,” all three of the Austin Powers movies, “The Secret Life of Pets,” plus the title music of the Steven Spielberg/John Williams collaboration, “The Adventures of Tintin.” He also played the jazz drumming cues on the Academy Award-winning soundtrack for “La La Land,” and can be heard playing on the scores for “Sing,” “Logan” and “House of Cards.”

Peter produces jazz recordings for his record label, Fuzzy Music, with 4 Grammy nominations to its credit. Peter is also an active author with several books to his credit; titles include “No Beethoven (Autobiography & Chronicle of Weather Report),” “Time Awareness for All Musicians,” “Essential Drum Fills,” and his latest book (co-authored with Dave Black for Alfred Publishing), “The Drummers’ Lifeline.” He is also authoring a series of iOS Play-Along apps suitable for all instruments. Peter is also a Professor of Practice and Director of Drumset Studies at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California.

Endorsements: Tama Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Drum Heads, Meinl Percussion, and uses Shure Microphones and Zoom digital recording devices.

Links: Website: petererskine.com Facebook: facebook.com/PeterErskineDrummer Twitter: twitter.com/petererskine YouTube: youtube.com/user/erskoman

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