Born: February 25, 1982 Primary Instrument: Drums
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.
Cervini’s expanded session comes with a veritable palette of ideas, from slow and sultry ballads to fast and excited romps...Cervini is a complete musician... Drummer Cervini and his quartet bring traditional values and fresh, new compositional and arranging ideas to the modern mainstream. Jim Santella - Jazz Improv Magazine
Prodigiously talented multi-instrumentalist, Ernesto Cervini... Cervini � who shines on the drums � is a composer of profound complexity and emotion. “Here” is certainly one of the most interesting jazz recordings of 2007, and Cervini is one of our most intriguing emerging young artists. Lesley Mitchell-Clarke - The Wholenote Magazine
Full of energy, Ernesto Cervini pushes the entire band with razor-sharp cymbal work and light but incisive drums. His energy is electrifying, but he does not overpower the proceedings, managing to be extremely tight without being loud. Here is a wonderful debut that showcases Cervini's monster chops and compositional abilities. Budd Kopman - All About Jazz
(Cervini's) solos expand the melody and rhythm, and his passion and tasteful restraint should ensure a bright future. Irwin Block - The Montreal Gazette
Ernesto Cervini Quartet, There (Anzic Records, 2009)
Mestropholis; Gramps; Bust-Your-Butt Falls; Six Seven; TGV; The Sneaky Two; February Jenny; Tune For Amy; Here.
Personnel: Mike Murley - Tenor/Sopranos Saxes, Adrean Farrugia - Piano, Jon Maharaj - Bass, Ernesto Cervini - Drums
As A Side Musician
Skydrol; Tragic Interruption; Pennsylvania Grey; The Voice; Pending; Cerebrau; Silence the Melting Light; Thankfulness; Mashishi; Abide With Me.
Personnel: Michael Cabe - Piano, Mark Lau - Bass, Ernesto Cervini - Drums.
Because I Told You So; How He Sings; Sliding Down; Famous Blue Raincoat; No Moon At All; Mushaboom; Extraordinary Machine; Don't Fence Me In; Don't Explain; Holiday.
Personnel: Amy Cervini - Vocals, Michael Cabe - Piano, Rhodes, Accordion and Backup Vocals, Mark Lau - Bass and Backup Vocals, Ernesto Cervini - Drums, Percussion, Clarinets and Backup Vocals.
I've Got THe World On A String; It's Only A Paper Moon; Blackbird; Wouldn't It Be Loverly; Li'l Darlin'; Doodlin'; Come Take A Trip in My Airship/Meet Me In St. Louis, Louis; Cute; Whirly Bird; Five O'Clock Whistle; So Danco Samba; Almost Like Being In Love; If I Only Had A Brain.
Personnel: Hilary Gardner, Amy Cervini, Richard Roland, Raymond Sage - Vocals, Avishai Cohen - Trumpet, Anat Cohen - Clarinet, Gene Bertoncini - Guitar Dan Kaufman - Piano, David Wong - Bass, Ernesto Cervini - Drums.
Code Breaking; Koalogy; Black Night Blue; Jig For Joshua; Puffin Boogie; Signal Hill; Reason Season Lifetime; Anneke's Lullaby; Battle Scars.
Personnel: Tara Davidson - Alto/Soprano Saxes, Mike Murley - Tenor Sax, David Braid - Keyboards, Mike McClennan - Bass, Ernesto Cervini - Drums.
Them There Eyes; Darn That Dream; They Say It's Spring; Desafinado; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; Guess Who I Saw Today?; I Enjoy Being A Girl; It All Depends On You; It's Only A Paper Moon; Orange Coloured Sky; In A Sentimental Mood.
Personnel: Melissa Pisarzowski - Vocals, Alex Samaras - Vocals, David French - Tenor Sax, Danny DePoe - Trumpet, Jamie Reynolds - Piano, Kevin Barret - Guitar, Jordan O'Connor - Bass, Jon Maharaj - Bass, Ernesto Cervini - Drums.
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Teaching Experience Private Piano, and Drum Students (New York, NY) 2005-Present Numerous Masterclasses and Clinics (New York and Toronto) 2003-Present Musical coaching for members of Nickelodeon’s Naked Brothers Band (New York, NY) 2005 - Present The Manhattan School of Music (New York, NY) 2004 - Present Jazz appreciation presentations to students around the U.S. via live internet broadcasting The Lucy Moses School (New York, NY) 2005-2006 Private clarinet lessons PS 290 (The Manhattan New School) (New York, NY) 2003 - 2005 Group clarinet lessons to students in grades 4 and 5. Toronto Faculty of Music (Toronto, ON) 1999 - 2003 Private lessons on piano, clarinet and drums as well as group theory lessons. Etobicoke Jazz Band (Toronto, ON) 1999 - 2003 Conductor of a community jazz band for junior and high school students.