Peter Erskine, a Grammy-award-winning jazz drummer, educator and composer, appears with the MSUM Jazz Ensemble in Hansen Theatre in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Well-known as the drummer for the fusion group Weather Report, Erskine has also performed and recorded with Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Diana Krall, John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Joni Mitchell, Mike Stern, Stan Kenton, Steely Dan, Maynard Ferguson, John Abercrombie, Nguyen Le, Pat Metheny, Kurt Elling, Kenny Wheeler and Steely Dan. He has appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Hundreds of albums and film scores include his performances.
Named “Best Jazz Drummer” ten times by the readers of the magazine Modern Drummer, Erskine has also earned two Grammy Awards and an honorary doctorate degree from Berklee College of Music.
Erskine is the director of drum set studies at the Thorton School of Music at the University of Southern California and the jazz drumming consultant to the Royal Academy of Music in London. He also conducts clinics, seminars, and classes around the world.
Ticket prices for the Thursday concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students. MSUM students get in free. Call the MSUM Box Office at (218)477-2271 Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door.