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Petur Island Oestlund


With MEINL since:



December 03, 1943

Zodiac Sign:


Place of birth:

New York City

Currently living in:

Stockholm, Sweden

Favorite MEINL cymbal:

Byzance Jazz Extra Thin Ride 20"

Drumming since:


Car that you currently drive:

I don't drive

Not counting on drums what do you do for fun:

I read, I watch films.

Favorite Food:

Preferably Thai

Favorite Drink:

Ramlösa (Swedish mineral water)


The school of hard knocks

Highlight of your career so far:

Probably a Carnegie Hall concert with Putte Wickman

Drumming strengths:

modesty forbids...

Drumming means to me:

Being in a unique position to influence how the music feels

Advice for up and coming drummers:

Work on your time and your touch. Which means: relax. If people like your sound and your time feel, the phone will keep ringing.

How would you describe yourself:

A jazz drummer living in a time in which jazz drummers increasingly find themselves superfluous

When I look back on my life one day, I would like to be able to say:

I pretty much accomplished what I set out to do