Peter Erskine
June 5, 1954
Page I
Matt Abts
Alex Acuna
Daniel Adair
Chris Adler
Morgan Agren
Airto
Tommy Aldridge
Rashied Ali
Don Alias
Carl Allen
Cliff Almond
Barry Altschul
Robby Ameen
Scott Amendola
Animal
Charly Antolini
Carmine Appice
Vinny Appice
Kenny Aronoff
Billy Ashbaugh
Mick Avory
Marcel Bach
Colin Bailey
Donald Bailey
Ginger Baker
Jeff Ballard
Alex Bally
Joe La Barbera
Travis Barker
Joey Baron
Ranjit Barot
Julio Barreto
Ray Barretto
Ray Bauduc
Eddie Bayers
Marcus Baylor
Frank Beard
Carter Beauford
Poogie Bell
Louie Bellson
Frank Bellucci
Brian Bennett
Hank Bennink
Joe Bergamini
Tal Bergman
Jon Bermuda Schwartz
Ignacio Berroa
Pete Ray Biggin
Curt Bisquera
Gregg Bissonette
Jason Bittner
Roger Biwandu
Dave Black
Cindy Blackman
John Blackwell
Brian Blade
Hal Blaine
Art Blakey
Jason Bonham
John Bonham
Gergo Borlai
Paul Bostaph
Terry Bozzio
Dirk Brand
Jimmy Branly
Tom Brechtlein
Amir Bresler
Don Brewer
Gerry Brown
Bill Bruford
Ronald Bruner Jr.
Jack Bruno
Mark Brzezicki
Roy Burns
William Calhoun
Clayton Cameron
Matt Cameron
Gorden Campbell
Teddy Campbell
Tommy Campbell
Emmanuelle Caplette
Danny Carey
Keith Carlock
Bun E. Carlos
Karen Carpenter
Terri Lyne Carrington
Joey Castillo
Deen Castronovo
Big Sid Catlett
André Ceccarelli
Dave DiCenso
Gary Chaffee
Jimmy Chamberlin
Dennis Chambers
Ndugu Chancler
Jim Chapin
Gary Chester
Jon Christensen
Kenny Clare
Greg Clark
Mike Clark
Kenny Clarke
Tommy Clufetos
Jimmy Cobb
Bill Cobham
Vinnie Colaiuta
Cozy Cole
Chris Coleman
Cora Coleman-Dunham
Tony Coleman
Phil Collins
Aaron Comess
Luis Conte
Tre Cool
Ray Cooper
Stewart Copeland
Kirk Covington
Adam Cruz
Abe Cunningham
Andrew Cyrille
Nick D'Virgilio
Paulinho Da Costa
Brann Dailor
Zach Danziger
Flo Dauner
Chris "Daddy" Dave
Mike Davila
Alan Dawson
Barrett Deems
Jimmy DeGrasso
Adam Deitch
Jack DeJohnette
Kenwood Dennard
John Densmore
Liberty DeVitto
Dave DiCenso
Marko Djordjevic
Warren "Baby" Dodds
John Dolmayan
Peter Donald
Virgil Donati
Brian Downey
Hamid Drake
Martin Drew
The Drumbassadors
Billy Drummond
Aynsley Dunbar
Sheila E.
Phil Ehart
Dave Elitch
Paul Elliott
Sonny Emory
Peter Erskine
Dom Famularo
Pierre Favre
Steve Ferrone
Anton Fig
Vera Figueiredo
Sammy Figueroa
Larry Finn
Eric Fischer
Mick Fleetwood
D.J. Fontana
Hannah Ford
Al Foster
Panama Francis
Brian Frasier-Moore
Josh Freese
Kiko Freitas
Steve Gadd
James Gadson
Richie Gajate-Garcia
David Garibaldi
Mel Gaynor
Andy Gillmann
Daniel Glass
Evelyn Glennie
Jim Gordon
Danny Gottlieb
Jimmy DeGrasso
Rick Gratton
Eric Kamau Gravatt
Benny Greb
Sonny Greer
Rayford Griffin
Dave Grohl
Freddie Gruber
Donny Gruendler
Mark Guiliana
Terreon Gully
Trilok Gurtu
Ralf Gustke
Tomas Haake
Wolfgang Haffner
Omar Hakim
Matt Halpern
Chico Hamilton
Jeff Hamilton
Lionel Hampton
Jake Hanna
Eric Harland
Buddy Harman
Gavin Harrison
Mickey Hart
Billy Hart
Steve Hass
Fritz Hauser
Roger Hawkins
Taylor Hawkins
Louis Hayes
Roy Haynes
Richie Hayward
Albert Tootie Heath
Hernan Hecht
Levon Helm
Don Henley
Joey Heredia
Horacio Hernandez
Raymond Herrera
Claus Hessler
Gerald Heyward
Giovanni Hidalgo
Billy Higgins
Jon Hiseman
Ari Hoenig
Gene Hoglan
Rodney Holmes
Steve Houghton
Daniel Humair
Gary Husband
Zakir Hussain
Greg Hutchinson
Susie Ibarra
Tommy Igoe
Tris Imboden
Al Jackson
Bobby Jarzombek
Akira Jimbo
Jack DeJohnette
Mike Johnston
Elvin Jones
Harold Jones
Hilary Jones
Papa Jo Jones
Philly Joe Jones
Randy Jones
Rufus "Speedy" Jones
Steve Jordan
Joey Jordison
Jonathan Joseph
Manu Katché
Senri Kawaguchi
Jim Keltner
Will Kennedy
Billy Kilson
George Kollias
Glenn Kotche
Joey Kramer
Bill Kreutzmann
Gene Krupa
Russ Kunkel
Joe La Barbera
Abe Laboriel, jr.
Gene Lake
Don Lamond
Thomas Lang
Dave Langguth
Shannon Larkin
Pete LaRoca Sims
Karl Latham
Rick Latham
Trevor Lawrence Jr.
Ricky Lawson
Chris Layton
Tommy Lee
Felix M. Lehrmann
Paul Leim
Stan Levey
Mel Lewis
Victor Lewis
Pete Lockett
Dave Lombardo
Larrie Londin
Hakim Ludin
Ray Luzier
Mike Mangini
Shelly Manne
Brian "Brain" Mantia
Sherrie Maricle
Rick Marotta
John Marshall
Billy Martin
Pedrito Martinez
Harvey Mason
Nick Mason
Dave Mattacks
Phil Maturano
JoJo Mayer
Nicko McBrain
Joe McCarthy
George "Spanky" McCurdy
Jason McGerr
Marvin McQuitty
Buddy Miles
Butch Miles
Russ Miller
Marco Minnemann
Mitch Mitchell
Joseph Ziggy Modeliste
Jonathan Moffett
Drori Mondlak
Keith Moon
Eric Moore
Stanton Moore
Steve Moore
Airto Moreira
Joe Morello
Rod Morgenstein
Joe Morris
Nate Morton
Paul Motian
Famadou Don Moye
Alphonse Mouzon
Jonathan Mover
Moritz Mueller
Idris Muhammad
Larry Mullen Jr.
Narada
Lewis Nash
Sandy Nelson
Andy Newmark
Jost Nickel
Anika Nilles
Gary Novak
Adam Nussbaum
Volkan Oektem
Jamie Oldaker
Nigel Olsson
John Otto
Ian Paice
Carl Palmer
Earl Palmer
Francis Panama
Toss Panos
Chris Parker
Leon Parker
Vinnie Paul
Jim Payne
Sonny Payne
Neil Peart
Shawn Pelton
Clarence Penn
Chris Pennie
Karl Perazzo
Stephen Perkins
Charli Persip
Ralph Peterson
Pat Petrillo
Simon Phillips
Felix Pollard
Joe Porcaro
Jeff Porcaro
Mike Portnoy
Cozy Powell
Bobby Previte
Thomas Pridgen
Aquiles Priester
Dafnis Prieto
Tito Puente
Bernard Purdie
Alvin Queen
Jeff Queen
Questlove
Johnny Rabb
Tobias Ralph
Raul Rekow
Walfredo Reyes
Walfredo Reyes, Jr.
Buddy Rich
Dannie Richmond
Sean Rickman
Alex Riel
Kariem Riggins
Ben Riley
Herlin Riley
Jim Riley
John Riley
Ringo
Chip Ritter
Max Roach
John "J.R." Robinson
Pete LaRoca Sims
Derek Roddy
Mickey Roker
Bobby Rondinelli
Joel Rosenblatt
Tony Royster Jr.
Ilan Rubin
Phil Rudd
Daniel Sadownick
Bobby Sanabria
Antonio Sanchez
Poncho Sanchez
Mongo Santamaria
Cindy Blackman Santana
Mark Schulman
Jon Bermuda Schwartz
Denny Seiwell
Danny Seraphine
Paco Séry
Chad Sexton
Gil Sharone
Ed Shaughnessy
Michael Shrieve
Pete LaRoca Sims
Eric Singer
Zutty Singleton
Chad Smith
Marvin "Smitty" Smith
Nate Smith
Steve Smith
Ash Soan
Ed Soph
Matt Sorum
Aaron Spears
David Stanoch
Zak Starkey
John "Jabo" Starks
Ringo Starr
Bill Stewart
Nisan Stewart
Clyde Stubblefield
Fredy Studer
Todd Sucherman
James "The Rev" Sullivan
Grady Tate
Art Taylor
Mel Taylor
Roger Taylor
John Tempesta
Aaron Thier
Ed Thigpen
Ahmir Questlove Thompson
Chester Thompson
Brian Tichy
Top Secret Drum Corps
Pat Torpey
Tico Torres
Dave Tough
Nat Townsley
Ron Tutt
Lars Ulrich
Vadrum
Andrea Vadrucci

Christian Vander
Alex Van Halen
Ronnie Vannucci
Nana Vasconcelos
Carlos Vega
Glen Velez
Ronnie Verrell
Johnny Vidacovich
Nick D'Virgilio
Chad Wackerman
Nasheet Waits
Narada Michael Walden
Bill Ward
Billy Ward
Kenny Washington
Derico Watson
Charlie Watts
Jeff "Tain" Watts
Chick Webb
Dave Weckl
Max Weinberg
Klaus Weiss
Paul Wertico
George Wettling
Alan White
Lenny White
Steve White
Pete Wilhoit
Brad Wilk
Tony Williams
Matt Wilson
Shadow Wilson
Sam Woodyard
Pete York
Pete Zeldman
Zoro











Peter Erskine - Will Lee & The Buddy Rich Big Band
Buddy Rich Memorial Concert


Jaco Pastorius
Peter Erskine - Don Alias - Bob Mintzer
Randy Brecker - Othello Molineaux
THE CHICKEN
Montreal Jazzfest 1982



Jaco Pastorius
Peter Erskine - Don Alias - Bob Mintzer
Randy Brecker - Othello Molineaux
Fanny Mae
Montreal Jazzfest 1982



Peter Erskine - Rhani Krija
WDR Big Band
play the Music of Jaco Pastorius
Domingo
33. Leverkusener Jazztage - 2012




Peter Erskine - Rhani Krija
WDR Big Band
play the Music of Jaco Pastorius
Reza
33. Leverkusener Jazztage - 2012



Video I
Peter Erskine - Diana Krall
Drumsolo from "Devil May Care"
Anthony Wilson - Robert Hurst



Video II
Peter Erskine - Diana Krall
"Love Me Like A Man"
Anthony Wilson - Robert Hurst



Peter Erskine
Groove Drum Solo
from "Labor Day"
The Abercrombie/Erskine/
Mintzer/Patitucci Band


Peter Erskine
Live at Jazz Baltica


Peter Erskine
A Fine Swing Tune




Peter Erskine
Stick Exercises



Peter Erskine
John Abercrombie - Marc Johnson
Labour Day



Peter Erskine
John Abercrombie - Marc Johnson
Furs On Ice



Peter Erskine
John Abercrombie - Marc Johnson
Fast Jazz Tune



Peter Erskine
Latin Groovin'
with a Drum Machine



Peter Erskine
Playing Fast



Peter Erskine
Groovin ...with Translation



Peter Erskine
John Abercrombie - Marc Johnson
Jumpin' In


Peter Erskine
Foot Technique


Peter Erskine
Fast Tempos and Fills

Peter Erskine
Medium Tempo Phrasing




Peter Erskine...
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 thirty 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 in Weather 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 (500 albums) include Diana Krall, Steely Dan, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton & Pat Metheny, Boz Scaggs, Joni Mitchell, Ralph Towner, Sadao Watanabe, Hubert Laws, Queen Latifah, 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 ten solo albums: "Peter Erskine", "Transition", "Motion Poet", "Big Theatre", "Sweet Soul", and his ECM recordings "You Never Know,” "Time Being", "As It Is" and “Juni” as well as "History of the DRUM" on Interworld Music. His trio recordings on his own label Fuzzy Music include “Live at Rocco” and “Badlands” with Alana Pasqua and Dave Carpenter, plus 2 albums with the Lounge Art Ensemble (the latest being “Music For Moderns”), featuring Dave Carpenter on bass and Bob Sheppard on saxophone.

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, Side Man, Honour, and the dance piece "History of the Drum - Transitions in Rhythm", written expressly for the Kokuma Dance Company of Birmingham, England. In addition, he wrote and produced the music for the Japanese anime series "Gun Smith Cats” as well as the “Alien Voices” productions starring Leonard Nimpy and John De Lancie.

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 four instructional videos as well as eight books, including: "Drumset Essentials, Vols. 1, 2 & 3 " (a trilogy of instructional methods), plus the "Erskine Method" book and DVD, "Essential Drum Fills" and "Time Awareness for All Musicians" (published by Alfred Music Publishing). Erskine's other books include "Drum Concepts & Techniques" and "The Drum Perspective", both published by the Hal Leonard Corp.

Erskine conducts clinics, classes and seminars worldwide. He is the Director of Drumset Studies at the USC Thornton School of Music, and is the Jazz Drumming Consultant to the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Peter Erskine has won the Modern Drummer magazine Readers' Poll in the "Jazz Drummer" category 10 times, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from the Berklee College of Music. He was the soloist along with Evelyn Glennie at the world premiere of a new Double Concerto for Percussion titled "Fractured Lines," composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage, in London at the Proms in July 2000 with Sir Andrew Davis conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra. That work was recorded for the Chandos label.
Erskine is 55-years-old, and makes his home in Southern California.

In 2005, Peter changed his endorsement from Yamaha to DW Drums.














MASTERS PLACE










performed 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

...and many more





















































© Ronn Dunnett




Peter ERskine - Jaco Pastorius




















Peter Erskine and....


Dave Weckl - Dafnis Prieto



Elvin Jones - 1979



Rick Marotta - Peter Erskine - Steve Gadd



Vic Firth - Louie Bellson - 1983



Peter Erskine - Charlie Watts



Danny Seraphine - Peter Erskine



John Scofield



Bill Platt
(principal percussionist Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)



Matt Wilson



Lewis Nash - Kenny Washington



Jimmy Cobb



Mel Lewis









Peter Erskine - Donald Byrd - 1962







Alan Pasqua - Dave Carpenter (always remembered...gone much too early) - Peter Erskine















Peter Erskine - Alan Pasqua - Dave Carpenter: the "Standards" Trio



Alex Acuña - Peter Erskine



Nick Ceroli's old Swish Cymbal






Masters Place





Peter Erskine - Bernhard Castiglioni
(Drummerworld) PASIC 2007 Columbus






Trio ELB - Nguyen Le - Michel Benita - Peter Erskine










Peter teaching







go to Peter Erskine Page II
with some historical pictures from Peter's archive...