The Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Featuring Peter Erskine

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Wednesday / September 28, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
United States

As part of the annual Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence program, legendary drummer Peter Erskine will perform with big band and small group.

Erskine has played drums since the age of 4 and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on over 500 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards plus an honorary doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992).

In his career to date, Erskine has released 30 albums under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, the Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton, John Scofield, et al., and has appeared as a soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Frankfurt Radio, Scottish Chamber, Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras. The readers of Modern Drummer magazine have voted him Best Jazz Drummer of the Year 10 times.

After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Erskine studied at Indiana University under George Gaber. In 1972 he commenced his pro career playing with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Four years later, he joined Maynard Ferguson before working with Jaco Pastorius in Weather Report and recording five albums with the band, one of which gave him his first Grammy. He won his second Grammy Award as the drummer of the WDR Big Band. Films where Erskine's drumming can be heard include Memoirs of a Geisha, the new Pink Panther films and all three of the Austin Powers movies.

Erskine produces jazz recordings for his record label, Fuzzy Music, and is an active author with several books to his credit. The latest titles include Time Awareness for All Musicians and Essential Drum Fills. He is currently professor of practice and director of drumset studies at the University of Southern California. His latest album, Joy Luck, is available from Fuzzy Music, featuring two Berklee alumni, Vardan Ovsepian and Damian Erskine, in his New Trio. His latest educational effort is, an online educational resource for all musicians.

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$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, reserved seating