Monday 28th May 2018
- Tuesday 29th May 2018
£25.00 - £45.00
PETER ERSKINE drums
KENNY WERNER piano
BENJAMIN KOPPEL saxes
JOHANNES WEIDENMUELLER bass
THE ART OF THE QUARTET is the name of an all-star band, consisting some of the most in-demand, versatile and topclass jazzmusicians on the scene today. Between them they have worked with who’s who in jazz, but this time they have decided to come together and refine the potential of the classic jazz quartet formation. The musicians contribute compositions, which draws on inspiration from as different expressions as sax legend John Coltrane, the classical composer Charles Ives, Hawaii bathing opportunities and odd-meter fusion. All of which is tied together by four virtuosoes, who have taken interplay and collective musical dialogue to a new level.
Peter 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 700 albums and film scores, and has won 2 Grammy Awards plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music.
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 & Gary Burton, John Scofield, et al, and has appeared as a soloist with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, plus the London, Los Angeles, Chicago, BBC Symphony, Bochum, Tokyo Metropolitan, Yomiuri Nippon, Oslo and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras.
He premiered Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Erskine — Concerto for Drumset & Orchestra” with Beethoven Orchester Bonn and performed it at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Peter has been voted ’Best Jazz Drummer of the Year’ ten times by the readers of Modern Drummer magazine and was elected into its Hall of Fame in 2017.
Peter graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and studied at Indiana University under George Gaber. Peter is an author with several books to his credit, including“No Beethoven” — an autobiography and chronicle of the band Weather Report — plus his latest title, “The Drummers’ Lifeline.” Peter is Professor of Practice & Director of Drumset Studies at USC, and conducts masterclasses worldwide, while his latest endeavors include several innovative play-along apps for iOS.
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