... Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Eliane Elias, Steps Ahead, The Brecker Brothers and Weather Report. I’ve always liked percussion. If you’re going to play in a band and other members want to pick up a percussion instrument and start playing it, it’s better that they pick up something that you know is going to sound good. So they’re not control freaks. Two burning sets each night. It leaves a very strong mark on the music. And I’ve worked with musicians who are control freaks. Peter graduated from the Inter-lochen Arts Academy and studied at Indiana University. 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So now it’s going to be a six week tour. Steely's Dan's "Aja," performed live at Cleveland's House of Blues during the opening night concert for Drum Fantasy Camp 2012. Sometimes in the introduction to a tune, instead of playing brushes, I’d play the Eggz. And, it’s not easy to do … to get it lay right. And my teacher was a professor at Indiana University. It sounded horrible. The audience responses are such a kick. I started using them a lot for the various Jazz groups I was playing with. And two, the reason being I would have felt the ego need to leave more fingerprints at the scene of the crime. His discography is comprised of 600 albums, so use the “search” and “sort” functionalities in the table below to explore! It was very generous of him to say that and Walter’s response was even nicer. We do “The Royal Scam,” “Bad Sneakers,” and “Aja” … this whole kind of instrumental overture. After a three year stint with Kenton and a two year stay with Maynard Ferguson, he joined Weather Report in 1978. at the Raddison North Hotel, Worthington, Ohio. In closing… could you sum up what it’s been really like being on tour with Donald and Walter? I consider the drum tracks part of the tune. In 1995, Steely Dan released a live album entitled Alive in America that was recorded during the 1993-1994 tours, with Zingg soloing on "Green Earrings" and "Third World Man". I had my doubts about doing the gig, even though I really wanted to. “All I can tell you is that putting this tour together has been nothing but fun. To say that Peter Erskine is the greatest drummer ever to play jazz would be a stretch. Trisha Yearwood, arranged by Vince Mendoza, Markus Berger ("Accidental Tourists" w Bob Magnusson), Soundtrack Album (on "A Place Called Slaughter Race" only, w/ SarahSilverman), Martina McBride, arranged by Pat Williams, Jason Hurwitz (composer), w Randy Kerber, Kevin Axt, Wagner Bergeron, Andy Martin, Bob Sheppard, et al, Peter Erskine (w/ Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Marty Ehrlich, et al), The Lounge Art Ensemble "Live at the Doo Bop" First Set, available, Bob Sheppard, Dave Carpenter, Peter Erskine, The Lounge Art Ensemble "Live at the Doo Bop" Second Set, available, Original Cast, Alan Mencken & Christopher Lennertz, Dr. Um (Warners Japan edition, w/ Bonus Track [duet w/ Jaco]), Alan Broadbent with the London Metropolitan Orchestra, Massimo Colombo feat. Faculty Drummer, composer, and author Peter Erskine appears on over 600 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards. American jazz drummer and composer who has toured with Steely Dan and Weather Report, among others. It’s a great sound … it’s a different sound. So a lot of times in recording I’ll be asked — or even volunteer — to put a shaker or tambourine track on. He’s played with the Kenton and Ferguson big bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, et al. It’s a lotta fun.”. I have an overwhelming feeling of gratitude that Walter and Donald gave me the chance to do this. Before Fame. ... Peter Erskine Popularity . When it comes to certain kind of rhythm things, particularly like shaker or tambourine tracks. Geez, I felt that years have gone by and I’ve missed something that a lot of other drummers have known. Which I love to do … but this is particularly thrilling. He sounds like he’s having too good of a time. Picky somehow connotes that they focus on minuscule things that might not be so important. In addition, our free Public Library provides hundreds of user-created Presets and practice routines to inspire you. Jon Herington is a longtime New York city based guitarist, singer/songwriter, producer, and bandleader. Then I didn’t hear from Walter for a while. He’s played with Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, et al, and has appeared as a soloist with the LA, Chicago, London, Oslo, Helsinki, BBC & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. You know I think when I was younger … one, I wouldn’t have been able to do this gig. His discography is comprised of 600 albums, so use the “search” and “sort” functionalities in the table below to explore! Peter Erskine, John Beasley, Billy Childs, Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Bob Mintzer, Lyle Mays, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell: Website: www.bobsheppard.net: Bob Sheppard is an American jazz musician who plays saxophone, clarinet, and flute. From Weather Report to Steely Dan to classic recordings on ECM, enjoy a conversation with one of the most prolific drummers in history, Peter Erskine. Drummer Born in New Jersey #26. How do you encourage other players to use percussion accessories? But it really paid off. I started playing professionally when I was pretty young. This is a reprint of a 1993 interview that originally appeared in “The Rhythm Section,” a newsletter published by Rhythm Tech, a percussion accessory manufacturing company in Mamaroneck, NY. Peter Erskine Is A Member Of . Country of birth: USA Tours with Peter Erskine. Walter Becker just called and he asked if you wanted to do the Steely Dan tour this Summer.” So, needless to say, the answer was yes. Fifty albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. With the launch of Adult Entertainment, Jon now has five solo releases in his discography. Peter Erskine. The more we rehearsed the music with Steely Dan I realized it’s just not when you play the notes; but it’s when you don’t play the notes. Peter Erskine has played the drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. I consider them almost as a part of my drum kit. I knew this intellectually, to some degree, in Jazz. © 2020 The Steely Dan Reader. Gemini Named Peter #26. I know it’s going to be a good, smooth sound. Holiday! Are you an advocate of drummers’ mastering percussion? Having never played on a Steely Dan studio album, is it hard to play up to what people expect from hearing the music on records? Peter is a two-time Grammy award winning, world renowned drummer and has played with a long list of amazing bands and artists including: Weather Report, Steely Dan, Stan Kenton, Joni Mitchell, Chick Corea and a … He was a terrific producer as well as Steely Dan-ist. I love all kinds of music, including Latin music; so I was building a nice collection of instruments ever since I was a kid. Donald Fagen’s ‘Kamakiriad’: Words and Music, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen Explains Quirks, Riding the Weird Wavelength of Steely Dan. They are specific as to what they want and what they hear. So every few days we keep getting revised itineraries that go a few days longer. 1: Blue, XM: Watercolors - Blue [Circuit City Exclusive], Eric Vloeimans, John Taylor, Marc Johnson (1 track), Composer, Design, Drum, Drums, Liner Notes, Main Personnel, Photography, Primary Artist, Producer, Good Grief! Three nights in a cold rain-soaked January. The tour started out being a month. As I was preparing for this tour by listening to the recordings, I realized that it’s so great playing just real simple. Played by Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Steely Dan, Steps Ahead, Diana Krall, Jaco Pastorius) Formatted for FXpansion BFD2 and BFD Eco. Peter Erskine (Steely Dan, Weather Report, Kate Bush) PolyNome gives you all the tools you need for practice, teaching, rhythm composing, and live performance. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson big bands, … He has since recorded one solo project called The Window (JVC 2035-2), and has been touring with Kenny Loggins and Dan Fogelberg. Year Name 1993 1993 tour: 1994 Japan: Member of: Masanori Sasaji & L.A. Allstars: The Mark Masters Ensemble: Instruments played by Peter Erskine. : 50 Great Years! It just must be what’s ever inside of the things. First off, I mean, the tunes are great. I was 18 when I went on the road. Peter Erskine began playing the drums at the age of four, and has been at the forefront of world-class jazz ensembles for thirty-five years. I hate it when I’m in the studio and I don’t have any shakers or tambourines with me. His most recent activity has been recording and touring with The Doobie Brothers. Fifty albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. Includes 2 of Peter Erskine's complete drum kits: a DW Jazz Series kit and DW Collectors VLT kit (for fusion, rock & pop) recorded in his own personal studio to capture his signature "sound" First of all, the drum tracks are so great on every one of those records. For a man of your talent, you still sound surprised. Are Becker and Fagen as picky on the road as they’re reputed to be in the studio? And each city has its own energy. It’s a whole different responsibility playing a show like this as opposed to going out and blowing some Jazz tunes. I wouldn’t use the word picky. So I regard it as a pretty generous act of faith that they recognized something in my playing. Be sure to check out the Fall 2016 print issue of JAZZIZ to see what Erskine was talking about… Intro music: “Kickin’ It” by Jeff Lorber It’s that subtle phrasing of how you get the thing moving. We’re dealing with over 30 songs. Peter is a versatile drummer who excels in many musical settings, from Stan Kenton to Weather Report to Steps Ahead to ECM to Steely Dan to Joni Mitchell to Barbra Streisand, etc. Oh sure. It all has to do with touch and taste. I wanted to be a classical percussionist, at one point. They’re perfectionists. 66 Year Olds. And visually it’s kind of a nice thing, too. There are all sorts of situations where you’re gonna want to have a tambourine or a Shaker handy. So I always have at least two Rhythm Tech Eggz in my stick bags. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. His discography includes over two dozen albums under his own name. I did my growing up in public. Home. Previous person: Next person: Person info of Peter Erskine. Steely Dan Database. One jazz club, right next door to LAX. He is the leader of the Jon Herington Band and has been the guitarist of choice with the iconic band Steely Dan for both recording and touring since 1999. 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At the same time they’re very generous in letting things happen up there. His first major professional work was with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, which he joined in 1972. Peter graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and studied at Indiana University under George Gaber. My relationship started with Walter, actually. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. We’re talking about players like Jeff Porcaro, Bernard Purdie, Jim Keltner. Flying Cowboys (Rickie Lee Jones, 1989) was the first time I got to work with Walter. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Born: June 5, 1954 Peter Erskine has played the drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. I never knew how much fun it could be to play a bass drum on 1 and 3 and a snare drum on 2 and 4. It’s been referred to as a hot ticket. George Garzone, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Darek Oles Four musicians who go back a long way. Oh, positively! It’s a really good combination of players and elements and they let it do its thing. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Others joining this "Steely Dan Orchestra" were Warren Bernhardt on keyboards, Peter Erskine on drums, and Tom Barney on bass. And the next thing I knew my wife called me up while I was working in Europe with my trio. The Rhythm Section recently spoke to Peter Erskine who filled us in about what it’s like to be occupying the drum chair on the hottest tour of the Summer. He appears on 700 albums and film scores, and has won 2 Grammy Awards plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music. He appears on 700 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992). No Beethoven: An Autobiography and Chronicle of Weather Report Peter Erskine 320 pages ISBN: 978-0316194754 Fuzzy Music 2013 Drummer Peter Erskine's No Beethoven reads like the random travelogue of a touring band. Home. Then this influenced my live work. A very smart person, too. She was all excited and said, “Guess what? But it’s just as satisfying as the interactive Jazz drumming that I like to do. YEAR (click here to view all titles in chronological order!) Well, don’t tell that to Peter Erskine. Learn how your comment data is processed. Max Roach, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich are among those who would have to be considered for that honor. Peter Erskine. What’s the highlight of the tour been so far? Peter is a versatile drummer who excels in many musical settings, from Stan Kenton to Weather Report to Steps Ahead to ECM to Steely Dan to Joni Mitchell to Barbra Streisand, etc. I was getting so immersed when I got the call … I was just getting so much into this kind of European trio music that it was a real 180 degree change of direction. I was joking that, geez, in Jazz you’re lucky if you get three and a half hours of rehearsal. “All I can tell you is that putting this tour together has been nothing but fun. Drummers. They become part of the construct of the song and so it’s a great starting point. We rehearsed for almost a month. Walter Becker was a really nice man. I like the way I can really lock up with my own Hi Hat or Ride Cymbal beat. Hey, if it’s right … it’s right. And they’re still very generous as far as big band leaders to let us do our thing. 1: Originals, The British Music Collection: Mark-Anthony Turnage, The Majestic [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack], L.A. Friends:The Masters of Jazz and Blues Live 2001. It just really feels good. Actually, it was three and a half weeks of rehearsal. NEW TO DRUMEO EDGE. Going out on tour with Donald Fagen and Walter Becker a/k/a Steely Dan is supposed to be somewhat of a serious exercise, right? And Donald’s very specific about that kind of phrasing. I love Rhythm Tech Eggz Shakers. They’re both great guys to work with. Peter Erskine has played the drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. It’s really fun. But right now, I feel like I’m going to the best school in the world. So having the right percussion accessories is always an asset. Obviously, this is an arena of music that most people don’t associate me with. They shake hands and we start playing a bunch of tunes. : A Collection of Christmas Classics, Drums, Guest Artist, Liner Notes, Producer, Drums, Guest Artist, Percussion, Primary Artist, The World of Drums and Percussion, Vol. Just to give it something extra. Learn More. A Tribute to the First Lady Of Song, Composer, Drums, Liner Notes, Primary Artist, Producer, Soloist, Claves, Drum Programming, Drums, Liner Notes, Member of Attributed Artist, Photo Courtesy, Vocals, I'm in the Mood for Love: The Most Romantic Melodies of All Time, Jazz Improv Companion CD, Vol. I now keep with all my drum kits — I have kits in New York, Boston and Los Angeles — a percussion kit where I have all different Rhythm Tech Shakers and Tambourines because on almost every record I do I’m going to play some percussion. I’ve been on a few dates when we didn’t have anything and tried to improvise shakers out of some uncooked rice in soda cans. Here's to You, Charlie Brown! It’s very different from playing Jazz clubs, I’ll tell you that. Charlie Brown: 2 Holiday CDs! It occurred to me that every percussionist should have a percussion bag of tricks, as it were. What led to your involvement with the Steely Dan tour? I know that both Donald and Walter are great fans of Jazz music. Then Donald and Walter walk out on stage and the place goes nuts. Site by Punkt Digital. We’ve been teaching drum students online since 2005. In real life, Erskine’s father Peter is a successful jazz musician who’s played with the actual Steely Dan, among others. I started hearing rumors about a Steely Dan tour and was just as curious as everybody else as to who would be the drummer. It’s the whole release in the space between things. Works on your iPhone and iPad in both portrait and landscape. It says an awful lot about the musician that’s doing it. 1st gig w/ Stan Kenton, Interlochen summer camp, July 1972. w/ Stan Kenton, 1973. w/ Maynard Ferguson, 1976 Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. Quotes, letters, personal vignettes interspersed with many photographs, the book is a stream-of-conscience wave of memory and analysis. An unerring sense of what works. You know, I worked with Walter in the studio and despite whatever legends or stories have gone around … I found him to be a real gentlemen and lots of fun to work with. And it always works great. And the chance for self-expression is all over the place in terms of the wave or flow. Versatile drummer who has excelled in several types of jazz settings, from Stan Kenton's Orchestra to Weather Report to Steps Ahead. Most Popular #159325. Well, don’t tell that to Peter Erskine. Fifty albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. And in some ways it’s more satisfying. All Rights Reserved. It’s pretty exciting when it gets to be 8:00 PM or 8:30 PM when the show starts. In this podcast I had the pleasure of interviewing drummer Peter Erskine. Drummer Peter Erskine took over where Will Kennedy left off. He has been a touring and studio musician for albums, film, and television and has released solo albums. Going out on tour with Donald Fagen and Walter Becker a/k/a Steely Dan is supposed to be somewhat of a serious exercise, right? He also produced, and performed on, Donald’s second solo album, Kamakiriad (1993), after which the boys went on tour with an all new, fabulous Steely Dan group featuring drummer Peter Erskine, bassist Tom Barney, guitarist Drew Zingg, pianist Warren Bernhardt, vibraphonist Bill Ware and an … Bio. It makes you feel good to see so many people having a good time. Well, Tom Moon writing in Musician magazine described the choice of Peter Erskine as “inspired.”. He called me to play on a Rikki Lee Jones album … we had a great time working with each other. Getting to play them with Donald and Walter … they both have such a great sense of time. He appears on over 600 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate from the … And it’s the open spaces that really count. After that, Walter started calling me for some other projects, like Michael Franks and some instrumental things; he was producing Jazz recordings. He sounds like he’s having too good of a time. No, not at all. He always felt that a well played note on a triangle was just as artistic as a violin cadenza in the orchestra or a great drum solo. Pop. 66 Year Old Drummer #5. Actually, there are even a couple of spots during the show that I’m picking up a tambourine during some keyboard intros. Read Full Biography. For me, when we get off stage and Donald’s smiling and he just says, “Yeah, the grooves were great tonight.” Because that’s the whole point of being out here. 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NO LITTLE BOY: John Martyn (Mesa/BMG) - The deep and textured voice is similar to that of Kenny Rogers or Bill Medley, the arrangements bring Steely Dan or Sting to mind, but the songs themselves are almost instantly forgettable. Peter Erskine has played drums since the age of 4 and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. Of all the egg shakers out there, I think they’re the best sounding and I really like the way they play. I would guess so because every show is sold out, certainly within an hour or so of tickets going on sale. By the end of the night when everyone is standing up, thrusting their arms, punctuating all of the lyrics that they know, and singing along … it’s really cool.