Peter Erskine

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2023 Readers Poll: Peter Erskine Wins "Jazz"

The winner of the “Jazz” category in Modern Drummer‘s 2023 Readers Poll is… Peter Erskine! Peter Erskine has continued his dominant streak as a jazz drummer, a clinician and educator, and an all-around great guy throughout the last year. Modern Drummer…

Modern Drummer
Sep 13, 2023

Drumming’s Biggest Names To Play LIVE Tribute to Their Big Band Heroes

Seven All-Star Drummers Including Peter Erskine, Dennis Chambers, Russ Miller and Steve Smith will Perform October 20 and 21 HITKOR ( today announced its first-ever charity event which will take place over two days in mid-October. “A Salute to the…

Modern Drummer
Oct 13, 2022

Episode 78: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Peter Erskine

John’s guest is the legendary Peter Erskine! Peter and John discussed Peter’s MD Legends Series Book (available now!), and numerous other topics including vintage drums, selecting ride cymbals, home recording and much more. They also talked about Peter’s upcoming induction…

Modern Drummer
Jul 7, 2022

July Modern Drummer magazine 2016 Gear of the Year Issue

(Available in print and digitally May 31, 2016) Print Copy ○ iTunes ○ Amazon ○ GooglePlay ○ Subscribe On the Cover GEAR OF THE YEAR The most compelling drums, cymbals, and accessories of 2016. FEATURES Catching Up With...SIMON PHILLIPS and…

Modern Drummer
May 31, 2016

Episode 43: Carter McLean, Flowing Between Subdivisions, MD 40th Anniversary Cherry Snare, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss their favorite drum clips they found online this week, and then they talk about their approach to flowing between subdivisions in solos and fills. The featured artist is Carter McLean of The Lion…

Modern Drummer
May 27, 2016

Episode 42: Teaching Beginners, Claus Hessler, Doc Sweeny Snares, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss how they structure a student’s first few drum lessons, and they talk about German drummer Claus Hessler, who is featured in the June 2016 issue of Modern Drummer. In the gear review section,…

Modern Drummer
May 20, 2016

Episode 41: Groove Construction, Jimmy Branly, Masterwork Cymbals, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss Cuban-born/LA-based monster drummer Jimmy Branly, who's featured in the June 2016 issue of Modern Drummer. The hosts then discuss their approach to constructing a groove to a new song. Johnston demos the Modern Drummer 40th-Anniversary…

Modern Drummer
May 13, 2016

Episode 40: Listener Questions, Peter Erskine, Kumu’s Limited Series Kits, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss June Modern Drummer cover artist Peter Erskine and answer a few listener questions. In the gear review segment, the hosts share their thoughts, opinions, and experiences with Finnish drum company Kumu’s new Limited…

Modern Drummer
May 6, 2016

June 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Peter Erskine

    (Available in print and digitally April 28, 2016) Print Copy ○ iTunes ○ Amazon ○ GooglePlay ○ Subscribe On the Cover Peter Erskine “Can we still keep getting better as we get older? It is possible. But art…

Modern Drummer
Apr 28, 2016

Tama Presents Peter Erskine Clinics and Star Snare Drum Giveaway

Peter Erskine’s collaborations include a who’s who of American music. Even as his rigorous recording and touring schedule continues unabated, Erskine dedicates time to share his knowledge and encourage younger players. Tama invites drummers to experience a rare chance to…

Modern Drummer
Apr 8, 2016

DW Frequent Flyer Drumset

Drum Workshop has announced the addition of a new model to its line of Design Series drums, called the Frequent Flyer kit, co-designed with Peter Erskine. The travel-friendly set includes a shallow 12x20 bass drum, traditional 8x12 rack tom, 11x14…

Modern Drummer
Oct 29, 2014

Don Grolnick The Complete London Concert

Released digitally via Peter Erskine’s Fuzzy Memory Music Archives, this 1995 live acoustic jazz set features pianist/composer Don Grolnick in peak form, accompanied by the unsurpassable lineup of Erskine, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Marty Ehrlich, Robin Eubanks, Peter Washington, and…

Modern Drummer
Aug 22, 2014

MD Columnist John Emrich Assists Peter Erskine With Multimedia Performance for KIN

The Kellogg Innovative Network’s “Etudes for Innovation, Opus 5” event, which took place May 29, 2013 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, featured Peter Erskine with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, led by Bob Mintzer. The show’s producer, Jeffrey Ernstoff, wanted…

Modern Drummer
Jun 12, 2013

Doug Yowell

Hello, MD readers. I’m currently in a session, which is where I spend a lot of time these days. I’m not great at talking about myself, but I’ve had many experiences and I hope this gives a glimpse of what…

Modern Drummer
Jan 18, 2012