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 has, at
the young age of 24, had the opportunity to share the stage with many legendary jazz
musicians; Joe Lovano, Clark Terry, Pat LaBarbera, Dick Oatts, Buddy DeFranco, Henry
Cuesta, Scott Robinson, Jim McNeely, Phil Nimmons, Peter Appleyard, Ranee Lee and many
others. He has opened for musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Kenny Garrett, Roy
Hargrove, Dave Holland, Roy Haynes and Poncho Sanchez. Ernesto is currently the
drummer for the ACQ, Museball, The Tara Davidson Quintet as well as Monday Off, a 4-
part vocal group. The ACQ, and the Tara Davidson Quintet have albums coming out before
the end of 2006, and Ernesto's first album with his own quartet will be released in
November of 2006. Monday Off will be releasing a CD in December of 2006 that features
Ernesto on drums, as well as one of his arrangements.
Ernesto's diversity as a musician (he is also an excellent pianist and clarinetist) has allowed
him to travel throughout the United States and Canada performing in some of the world’s
greatest concert halls and jazz clubs. Ernesto has been featured as a leader and sideman
at the legendary Birdland, Sweet Rhythm, The Bubble Lounge, The Montreal Bistro, The
Top Of the Senator, The Rex Jazz and Blues Club and has also been fortunate enough to
perform in Concert Halls such as Massey Hall, The Glen Gould Theatre and The St.
Lawrence Center for the Arts.
Growing up in Toronto, Canada he performed with a variety of groups around the Greater
Toronto Area. He has been a member of the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band and the Toronto
Symphony Youth Orchestra. He was also principle clarinetist in the Toronto Youth Wind
Orchestra and has performed with the Toronto All Star Big Band for the past twelve years.
While in Toronto, Ernesto was also the conductor of the Etobicoke Jazz Band, a music
group focusing on the education of elementary and high school students. Ernesto received
his Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto, and recently received a Masters
degree from the Manhattan School of Music.