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Peter Erskine (born June 5, 1954) is a jazz drummer.

He was born in Somers Point, New Jersey, USA. He began playing the drums at the age of four. His professional career started in 1972 when he joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra. After three years with Kenton he joined Maynard Ferguson for two years. In 1978 he joined Weather Report, joining the legendary Jaco Pastorius to form a formidable rhythm section. After fours years and five albums with Weather Report he joined Steps Ahead.

Erskine has enjoyed a long and successful career as a session drummer, recording and touring with many top jazz and rock artists, including Steely Dan.
He also releases very influential teaching, both in his excellent books as in videos and DVDs, even online.

His music-style spanning talent also features on Kate Bush's 2005 album Aerial, where Erskine teams with bass player Eberhard Weber. Diana Krall, Eliane Elias, Queen Latifah and Linda Ronstadt among many more still choose Peter for his multifaceted musicality. Even Scottish and Finnish Classical Orchestras have had him as a featured musician. He is currently on the music faculty at the University of Southern California.


Time Awareness
The Erskine Method for Drumset
Peter Erskine the Drum Perspective
Drum Concepts and Techniques


Discography (as a leader)
1982 Peter Erskine (Contemporary/OJC)
1987 Transition (A&M)
1988 Motion Poet (A&M)
1988 Aurora (Denon)
1990 Big Theatre (ah um)
1991 Sweet Soul (Fuzzy Music)
1992 You Never Know (ECM)
1993 Time Being (ECM)
1994 History Of The Drum (Interworld)
1995 As It Is (ECM)
1995 From Kenton to Now (Fuzzy Music)
1998 Lava Jazz (Fuzzy Music)
1998 Behind Closed Doors, Vol. 1 (Fuzzy Music)
1999 Juni (ECM)
2000 Live at Rocco (Fuzzy Music)
2002 Badlands (Fuzzy Music)
2003 Cologne (w/ Bill Dobbins and John Goldsby) (Fuzzy Music)
2005 The Lounge Art Ensemble: Music For Moderns (Fuzzy Music)

Discography as Contributing Artist (Excerpt)
John Abercrombie:
Warren Bernhardt:
Gary Burton:
Kate Bush:
Eddie Daniels:
Al Di Meola:
Eliane Elias:
Joe Farell:
Alessandro Galati:
Jan Garbarek:
Don Grolnick:
George Gruntz:
Jimmy Haslip:
Joe Henderson:
Dieter Ilg:
Bob James:
Ingrid Jensen:
Marc Johnson:
Rickie Lee Jones:
Stan Kenton:
Diana Krall:
Joachim Kühn:
Rolf Kühn:
Christof Lauer:
Hubert Laws:
Nguyên Lê:
Chuck Loeb:
Mike Mainieri:
Manhattan Jazz Quintet:
Rick Margitza:
Vince Mendoza:
Bob Mintzer:
Joni Mitchell:
Wolfgang Muthspiel:
Makato Ozone:
Alan Pasqua:
Jaco Pastorius:
Ivo Perelman:
Nick Purnell:
Sergio Salvatore:
Arturo Sandoval:
Ben Sidran:
Martial Solal:
Steely Dan:
Steps Ahead:
Mike Stern:
Christoph Stiefel:
Ralph Towner:
Mark-Anthony Turnage:
Hans Ulrik:
Weather Report:
Kenny Wheeler:

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