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SoCal Jazz

Pasqua, Erskine, and Oles: The Art of the Jazz Trio

Read "Pasqua, Erskine, and Oles: The Art of the Jazz Trio" reviewed by Jim Worsley


"We've known each other and have been playing together for fifty years now," was proudly, if even more sentimentally, reminisced by pianist Alan Pasqua in reference to drummer Peter Erskine to an intimate and appreciative audience at Sam First in Los Angeles during a recent performance. Bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz, who has been part of the mix for a “mere" twenty years, rounded out this stellar and superbly connected trio. Pasqua's warm hearted moment also included a remembrance of the late ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Drummers Roundtable: Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd and Nate Smith

Read "Drummers Roundtable: Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd and Nate Smith" reviewed by Joseph Vella


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Book Review

The Musician's Lifeline: Advice for All Musicians, Student to Professional

Read "The Musician's Lifeline: Advice for All Musicians, Student to Professional" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


The Musician's Lifeline: Advice for All Musicians, Student to Professional Peter Erskine & Dave Black 191 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-4706-4247-1 (13) Alfred Music 2019 Peter Erskine and Dave Black are both drummers: their previous collaboration was The Drummer's Lifeline: Quick Fixes, Hacks, and Tips of the Trade (Alfred Music, 2017). For this book they wanted to build on that success, but since it is intended for all musicians, they worked to bring other, ...

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Book Review

The Musician's Lifeline: Advice for All Musicians, Student to Professional

Read "The Musician's Lifeline: Advice for All Musicians, Student to Professional" reviewed by Jim Worsley


The Musician's Lifetime Peter Erskine & Dave Black 191 pages ISBN-10: 1-4706-4247-6 Alfred Music 2019 In 2017 drummers Peter Erskine and Dave Black co-authored a book entitled The Drummer's Lifeline. The purpose of the book was to share their paired expertise of the profession. Written in a thoroughly entertaining and accessible format, the book is engaging and tailored to be advantageous for any and all drummers, student to professional.

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SoCal Jazz

Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 This past February Peter Erskine greeted me at his studio with a warm smile and welcoming handshake. Nearly two hours later we had discussed many aspects of his long and storied career. We talked at length about his experiences with Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul in Weather Report, and his subsequent book, No Beethoven, that chronicles and fuses it in time. Even the amusing aside as to how that title came ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Fusion Frenzy?

Read "Fusion Frenzy?" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


We think of fusion as a music of the seventies, but its traditions live on today as various artists return to the genre to try out new experiments as well as offer their own spins on older approaches. This podcast looks at two somewhat uncharacteristic examples of fusion from the seventies—one a studio-band workout on pop tunes of the day, the other an extension of the Miles Davis / Herbie Hancock schools of fusion, then look at two recent releases ...

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SoCal Jazz

Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call, Part 1

Read "Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call, Part 1" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Part 1 | Part 2Peter Erskine is affable, engaging, and humorous. He, of course, is also one of the finest drummers of his generation. He has left his mark on the jazz and fusion world for nearly fifty years now. An icon, whose name is mentioned with the greats of all time, Erskine continues to gift us as he forges ahead by crafting new music, sharing his knowledge and expertise with aspiring young musicians, and continuing to reinvent ...


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