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La difficoltà di scrivere in poche righe la presentazione di questo artista
viene sostituita dall’onore che abbiamo nel proporlo: Peter Erskine, un’icona
del jazz mondiale che ha scritto pagine di storia musicale.
Nasce nel New Jersey e inizia all’età di quattro anni a suonare la batteria;
a diciotto inizia già la sua carriera da professionista con la Stan Kenton
Orchestra, ma è con i Weather Report che il mito ha inizio davvero: insieme
a Jaco Pastorius e Joe Zawinul diventa membro fondamentale nell’epoca
d’oro della “Fusion Band” per eccellenza, registra cinque dischi, tra i quali il
famoso live “8.30”, premiato con un Grammy Awards.
Insieme a Micheal Brecker, Eddy Gomez e Mike Manieri fa parte di un altro
storico gruppo: gli Steps Ahead.
Le sue collaborazioni si susseguono nel corso degli anni nutrite da altrettanti
nomi fondamentali del panorama musicale: ricordiamo gli Steely Dan, Chick
Corea, Diana Krall, Pat Metheny, Pino Daniele e una serie infinita di Big Band.
Così come le sessioni di studio e i progetti dal vivo, di fondamentale importanza
riveste la sua carriera di insegnante: cattedra alla University Of Southern
California, consulente jazz per la batteria alla Royal Academy Of Music di
Londra, senza contare i numerosi seminari in tutto il mondo.

Peter Erskine (born June 5, 1954) is an American jazz drummer and composer living in Los Angeles who has been a session drummer, recording and touring with many famous jazz and rock artists, including Steely Dan, Weather Report, Steps Ahead and even Kate Bush. Erskine also produces teaching materials, such as books, videos, and online content.

Erskine was born in Somers Point, New Jersey, U.S.[1] He began playing the drums at the age of four. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy[2] in Michigan, then studied percussion at Indiana University.

His professional career started in 1972 when he joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra.[2] After three years with Kenton he joined Maynard Ferguson for two years. In 1978 he joined Weather Report,[2][3] joining Jaco Pastorius in the rhythm section. After four years and five albums with Weather Report and the Jaco Pastorius big band Word of Mouth, he joined Steps Ahead. His big band recordings with the Bob Mintzer Big Band are modern big band jazz/funk performances studied by many students of drums and drumming.

He was featured on Kate Bush's 2005 album Aerial, where Erskine teamed with bass player Eberhard Weber. Diana Krall, Eliane Elias, Queen Latifah and Linda Ronstadt, as well as Scottish and Finnish Classical Orchestras, have had Erskine perform as a featured musician.

Erskine splits his time as a musician and that of a professor at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.

In 1983, he performed on the Antilles Records release Swingrass '83.[4]

In 2011 he appeared on stage at the Royal Opera House, London in the new opera Anna Nicole.
 
   


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