Written by Peter Erskine and Dave Black, The Musician’s Lifeline represents the combined experience and knowledge of the authors gained through their lives in music. In addition, it includes advice from over 150 of the best musicians the authors have the honor of knowing, with topics ranging from sight-reading, learning, listening, auditions, the music business, practice, musical aesthetics and performance, to general travel and life wisdom.
Contributors to The Musician’s Lifeline include Gordon Goodwin, Nathan East, Janis Siegel, Christian McBride, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gary Burton, Kenny Werner, Steve Smith, and so many more.
A few of the universities represented are Indiana University, USC, Eastman, University of Miami, University of North Texas, and the Berklee College of Music, with players from major orchestras including the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, London Symphony, Munich Phil and Cincinnati, National and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. Band alumni include musicians from the groups Chicago, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, Ringo Starr, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Zappa and Frank Sinatra.