Peter Erskine

Peter Erskine has been a student of the drums since the age of 4. He is known for his love of working in different musical contexts. He has recorded 400 albums, including several on his own Fuzzy Music label. His playing and recording credits include the big bands of Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, and Bob Mintzer; groups such as Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Steely Dan, and the Yellowjackets; vocalists Diana Krall, Joni Mitchell, Kurt Elling, and Kate Bush; and jazz artists such as Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, John Scofield, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercombie, Eliane Elias, Sadao Watanabe, Gary Burton, and Pat Metheny, as well as his own trio. He has appeared in concert as soloist with the City of Birmingham and BBC Symphony Orchestras, Ensemble Modern, and the L.A. Philharmonic New Music Group.

Mr. Erskine conducts clinics, classes, and seminars worldwide, and teaches at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and the Royal Academy of Music in London. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee School of Music, has been the recipient of a Drum! magazine's DRUMMIE award, the winner of Modern Drummer magazine's Readers' Poll in the Mainstream Jazz Drummer category numerous times, and has won a Grammy. Mr. Erskine is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the International Association of Jazz Educators. He plays Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drum Heads, and Vic Firth sticks and brushes.