Drummer Ernesto Cervini has quickly become in demand as a sideman but also as a bandleader in New York City because of his unique and deep musicality. Ernesto released his debut CD as a leader, Here, in November2006 to critical acclaim: ‘Here is a wonderful debut that showcases Cervini’s monster chops and compositional abilities.’ Budd Kopman, All About Jazz. Geoff Chapman of the Toronto Star says: ‘Cervini is propulsively active, creating textural andrhythmic tension at will, yet he dons a calm, subtly sophisticated hat for thealbum’s three ballads.’
Ernesto has, at the young age of 26, had theopportunity to share the stage with many legendary jazz musicians; Joe Lovano, Clark Terry, Cleo Laine, Pat LaBarbera, Dick Oatts, Buddy DeFranco, Eddie Daniels, Henry Cuesta, Scott Robinson, Jim McNeely, Phil Nimmons, Peter Appleyard, Ranee Lee and many others. He has opened for musicians such as Herbie Hancock, KennyGarrett, Roy Hargrove, Dave Holland, Roy Haynes and Poncho Sanchez. Ernesto iscurrently the drummer for the ACQ, MEM3, The Tara Davidson Quintet well asMonday Off, a 4-part vocal group. Ernesto has recorded albums with all of these groups and Code Breaking by the Tara DavidsonQuintet was recently nominated for a Juno award.
Ernesto’s diversity as a musician (he is alsoan excellent pianist and clarinetist) has allowed him to travel throughout theUnited States and Canada performing in some of the world’s greatest concerthalls and jazz clubs. Ernesto has been featured as a leader and sideman at thelegendary Birdland, Sweet Rhythm, The Jazz Standard, The Montreal Bistro, TheTop Of the Senator, The Rex Jazz and Blues Club and has also been fortunateenough to perform in Concert Halls such as Massey Hall, The Glen Gould Theatre,The St. Lawrence Center for the Arts and the Rose Theatre.
Growing up in Toronto, Canada he performed with avariety of groups around the Greater Toronto Area. He has been a member of theHamilton All Star Jazz Band and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. He wasalso principle clarinetist in the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra and hasperformed with the Toronto All Star Big Band since he was ten. While inToronto, Ernesto was also the conductor of the Etobicoke Jazz Band, an 18-piecebig band focusing on the education of elementary and high school students.Ernesto received his Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto, and aMasters degree from the Manhattan School of Music.Ernesto is continuing to push musical boundaries with his innovativecompositions, as well as his imaginative and explosive drumming.He will be a constant in the NorthAmerican jazz scene for decades to come, through his love for musicalperformance and musical education.