Peter Retzlaff is a New York City-based drummer. As a performer, Peter is equally at home in jazz, rock, funk, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean, odd meter, and New Orleans drumming styles. Peter has played with Kenny Werner, Greg Osby, Diane Schuur, Ray Vega, Maynard Ferguson, Pete McCann, Kim Bock, Loren Stillman, The BMI Big Band, The Jamie Begian Big Band, and his own group, Steeplechase recording artists Flow.
As an educator, Peter is Director of Curriculum and a full-time instructor at The Collective School Of Music (formerly known as The Drummer's Collective). At the Collective, Peter teaches private lessons and he teaches classes in jazz, rock, funk-r and b, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean drumming styles. He also teaches reading, chart interpretation, rudiments and technique, and ensemble repertoire and performance in varied styles. In addition, Peter teaches at the New School in New York City.
Peter is the author of two books, Turn It Up And Lay It Down: Baby Steps To Giant Steps and Contemporary Jazz Styles For Drums.
Peter received a B.A. in Jazz and Commercial Music and a B.A. in Business Administration from Capital University. He has also received a M.M. in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music and is the recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts Grants. Peter Retzlaff is also a clinician for Innovative Percussion, Zildjian, Remo, and Canopus.