Peter Kogan - Band Leader




Peter Kogan began musical studies at age six on the violin, added piano at age eight and drums at age ten.  A year later he began serious study with Saul Goodman, timpanist of New York Philharmonic, who would continue to mentor him through high school and undergraduate study at Juilliard.  He completed studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Cloyd Duff of the Cleveland Orchestra. He joined the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell in 1969 as Section Percussion.  Three years later he was appointed Principal Percussion and Associate Principal Timpani of the Pittsburgh Symphony. 

In 1977 his passion for jazz blues and rock got the better of him, and he left the Pittsburgh Symphony to spend six years in New York City as a drum set player and composer.  He backed up Blues legends Lightnin' Hopkins, Honey-Boy Edwards and Jimmy Whitherspoon, groups such as the Drifters and the Crystals, and Rock and Roll legend Bo Diddley.   He also performed with the Larry Elgar big band and wrote for and performed with the fusion band, Scratch n' Sniff.  His work in New York received recognition in a profile that appeared in Modern Drummer  magazine. He joined the Honolulu Symphony as drum set player and timpanist in 1984, and joined the Minnesota Orchestra as principal timpani two years later. 

Kogan served on the affiliate faculty of the University of Minnesota School of Music, and the Symphonic Committee of the Percussive Arts Society.  He designs and builds Klassischewienerpauken ™ (Classical Viennese timpani) and HESSICHE BAROCK PAUKEN (Hessian Baroque timpani) for historically appropriate performances.  His drums and restoration service can be seen at


Kogan was heard around Minnesota with  The Minnesota Orchestra Jazz Quartet.  He retired  from the Minnesota  Orchestra  on November 1, 2015,  but continues as timpanist of the Lyra/Baroque Orchestra.   The Peter Kogan Quartet and Septet (THE MONSTERFUL WONDERBAND) are now performing regularly at clubs around the Twin Cities.  


His CD of original jazz compositions  - "Peter Kogan, CORNUCOPIA" -  was released in 2013.  another CD of his tunes  - "SOME MONSTERFUL WONDERTHING" -  was released July 31, 2015.  It was named one of the "Top 10  Jazz Albums of the  Year" in the Minneapolis Star Tribune  annual critics poll.  Kogan's albums  are available on line  at  and on and and many streaming services. THE GREEN ALBUM  was released November 26th, 2018.

Peter's newest CD "JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT"  was released in April, 2022.










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KJ'S HIDEAWAY, 408 St Peter Street, St Paul, MN 55102

Peter's new compositions and arrangements as heard on his new CD: JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT featuring these stellar musicians: Mitch Van Laar - trumpet, Pete Whitman - sax, Nick Syman - trombone, Geoff LeCrone - guitar, Abebi Stafford - piano, Will Kjeer - keyboard, Kameron Markworth - bass, and Peter Kogan - drums.

suggested $10.00

Peter Kogan Quintet

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MetroNOME Brewery, 289 Fifth Street East, St Paul, MN 55101

THE PETER KOGAN QUINTET performing in "Fingal's Cave" below the taproom at the Brewery, as a feature of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, featuring: Mitch Van Laar - trumpet, Pete Whitman - sax, Abebi Stafford - piano, Chris Bates - bass and Peter Kogan - drums.

suggested $10.00



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Jazzcentralstudios , 407 Central Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Our 2nd installment of the BIRD&DIZ LEGACY QUINTET with new selections from the BeBop masters, featuring: Mitch Van Laar - trumpet, Peter Goggin - sax, Will Kjeer - piano, Graydon Peterson - bass, and Peter Kogan - drums. This show will be live streamed! All ages welcome!

suggested $10.00