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Master of the beat

Jazz drummer Peter Erskine gives talk, then sits in with UNT lab band

Jazz drummer Peter Erskine makes a stop in Denton for the University of North Texas College of Music’s annual Jazz Lecture Series at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Music Building’s Recital Hall, Room 301.

Then at 8 p.m. Feb. 28, Erskine will join the UNT One O’clock Lab Band, the college’s premier jazz ensemble, in a concert in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $10 to $15. For reservations, call the box office at 940-369-7802 or visit

Erskine is a two-time Grammy Award winner who started playing drums at age 4. He has an honorary doctorate from Berklee School of Music and has released 30 albums under his name as a soloist or co-leader.

Started as a way to bring musicians from New York to UNT, the Jazz Lecture Series is designed to bring a broader point of view to jazz students’ education. Now in its 31st year, the series is open to jazz fans and anyone in the public who is interested in learning alongside the students. The series introduces jazz musicians, vocalists, composers and critics to students in an intimate classroom setting.

Neil Slater, then the bandleader of the One O’clock Lab Band, started the series in 1982.

Students and visitors can attend Jazz Lecture Series sessions. Seating is limited. Those planning to bring large groups should check with the Division of Jazz Studies in advance by calling 940-565-3743.

— Staff report