Peter Erskine is an American jazz drummer. He is considered one of the most versatile and busy jazz drummers of the last decades. He became known as a member of Weather Report, where he played from 1978 with interruptions until 1986.
Since 1972 he has worked as a professional musician. After three years in Stan Kenton’s orchestra, he played with Maynard Ferguson for two years.
He became known to a wider public mainly through his involvement in the fusion group Weather Report (from 1978; to be heard on “Mr. Gone”, among others), which he left after five years to play with the fusion band Steps Ahead.
Together with bassists like Jaco Pastorius, John Patitucci, Michael Formanek, Marc Johnson, Eddie Gomez, Dave Holland, Michel Benita, Palle Danielsson, Dave Carpenter and Buell Neidlinger he formed an outstanding rhythm section.
Since the 1980s, Erskine has also been leading his own trio, recording a series of albums for the Munich label ECM, with pianist John Taylor and bassist Palle Danielsson.