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Peter Erskine

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. He appears on over 600 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992).

Fifty albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson Big Bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Brecker Brothers, 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, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony, Oslo and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras

Cartoon Bebop

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. CARTOON BEBOP 4:47 2. MISTURADA 5:17 3. DAYRIDE 4:56 4. I’M ALL SMILES 5:45 5. GOT A MATCH? 4:29 6. DRIFTIN’ 5:18 7. WOOD DANCE 5:34 8. WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES 5:38 9. DUENDE 4:34 10. INFANT EYES 5:36 11. A DAY TRIPPER’S BLUES BUFFET 4:34

NEWS: RECORDING

Dan Bonsanti And The 14 Jazz Orchestra Release 'Cartoon Bebop' On January 15, 2021

Dan Bonsanti And The 14 Jazz Orchestra Release 'Cartoon Bebop' On January 15, 2021

There is nothing cartoonish about Cartoon Bebop, the newest release by composer/arranger Dan Bonsanti's band, The 14 Jazz Orchestra. The album is a swinging, contemporary take on jazz compositions by modern masters. This is the third release by the group, following The Future Ain't What It Used to Be (2018) and Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy ...

Brain Scan

Label: Scan Man Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Brain Scan; El Entrometido; Re-Entry; Not Watching (for Nancy); I Hear Something; Harlem Nocturne; Mark's Time; My Right Foot; Scandalized.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jon Armstrong Sextet: Reabsorb

Read "Reabsorb" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Saxophonist Jon Armstrong reminds us that life and death are two sides of the same coin. Although seemingly disparate, like two sides of an LP, they cannot be separated. His sextet recording Reabsorb models this contrasting device by presenting two contrasting compositions, one on each side of an LP (also available as a CD and download). ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Nancy Kelly: A Dynamic And Determined Voice

Read "Nancy Kelly: A Dynamic And Determined Voice" reviewed by Scott Gudell

Nancy Kelly has been singin,' swingin' and scattin' for a long time. Her first musical path took her into the world of classical music when she started playing by ear at age three and her mother guided her to piano lessons by age four. The Beatles arrived a decade later and she abruptly shifted her allegiance ...

NEWS: ADVOCACY

'Say Their Names' Raising Awareness & Contributions for Stricken Families

'Say Their Names' Raising Awareness & Contributions for Stricken Families

Many musicians and music fans have felt the need to respond to specific events or situations in America’s 2020 sociopolitical climate by doing more than creating, sharing and listening to music. Ethan Sultry’s “Say Their Names” opens one opportunity: The protest track is available for free download on sirsultrymusic.com, connected through a web button to MyGood.org, ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Randy Brecker: Fusion Pioneer Still Blazing The Trails

Read "Randy Brecker: Fusion Pioneer Still Blazing The Trails" reviewed by Jim Worsley

One of the greatest musicians of the past half century, Randy Brecker, continues to impress with his compositions, his playing, and his endurance. The famed trumpeter has released no less than eight records over the past couple of years! They are all unique on to themselves with only Brecker's familiar and sweet sound in common. That ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand

Read "Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand" reviewed by Jim Worsley

The life and times of guitarist extraordinaire Steve Khan stretch through a high volume of evolving chapters that fuse together like the passages of a finely crafted arrangement. An expansive conversation with Khan touched on a variety of memories. Still, this is perhaps the Reader's Digest version of the seventy-three years old musician and composer's remarkable ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2020

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal  2020" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2020 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Various Venues Montréal, Canada June 27-30, 2020 Above all else the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is a spectacular ten-day event: with around 2 million visitors and 500 concerts on 20 stages, it is ranked as the world's largest jazz ...


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