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Damian Erskine

Damian Erskine is not your ordinary bass player.  Damian is known for his ability to fit into any musical situation and his extraordinary reading and improvising skills.  Damian has played in the studio or on the stage with the likes of • Peter Erskine • Teri-Lynn Carrington • Gino Vannelli • John Ellis • Shawn Pelton • Sveti w/ Marko Djordjevic • Luis Conte • Brandon Ross • Les McCann • Jeff Lorber • Vardan Ovsepian • Charmaine Neville • Jessy J • Luis Perdomo • Tony Furtado • Kate Schutt • Bobby Torres • Alan Jones • Patrick Lamb • Dan Balmer • Klezmocracy and many others as well as being featured on the GospelChops.com "Shed Sessionz Vol. 1" DVD. Whether playing as a sideman or with his own group, he is known for his rock solid bass work, virtuosic solos and thoughtful chordal abilities.  Damian is also an adjunct professor at both Portland State University and Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon.

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Skjold Basses, Zon Basses, Aguilar Amplification, GruvGear, D'Addario Strings


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“...The Pacific Northwest's secret weapon on bass. Well, not so secret. He is one serious cat (to use the parlance of our times) on bass. He has an instantly recognizable rhythmic and harmonic style that includes chords and some quantifiably viscous funkosity. He grooves is what I am telling you...” Bassist Ridiculoso - Basso Ridiculoso

“Good fusion is hard to come by, but thanks to people like bassist Erskine, it’s making a comeback...” Kyle O' Brian - Jazz Society of Oregon

“...Hard-hitting...fluent..” Bill Milkowski - Jazz Times

“despite his incredible technique, he never overplays and instead stays within service to the songs... ...I suspect with the talent he shows here, we will be hearing much more from this player/composer. ” Brad Walseth - Jazz Chicago

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

The Color of Angels

Origin Records
2022

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Hindsight

OA2 Records
2021

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Fellowship

Self-Released
2020

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So To Speak

Self Produced
2010

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The Color of Angels

From: The Color of Angels
By Damian Erskine

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