Born: August 18, 1968 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Ernest Hammes is a trumpet instrumentalist born on 18th August 1968 in Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg Grand-Duchy. He began to play trumpet at the Conservatory Esch/Alzette in Luxembourg, then at the Conservatory Metz in France and completed his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, New York. His teachers were Joel Sand, Lew Soloff, Claudio Roditi... As a classical trumpeter he has performed with the BBC Wales Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique Nancy, Kosice Chamber Orchestra, Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Trio project with Paul Mootz and Carlo Hommel performing new works for that ensemble. As a jazz musician he has performed with Paul Anka, Youssou N’Dour, Chaka Khan, The Supremes, Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau, The Dizzy Gillespe All Stars, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Carla Bley & Steve Swallow Big Band, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Slide Hampton, James Moody, Randy Brecker, Lew Soloff, Claudio Roditi, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Amina Figarova, Idris Muhammad, Claude Bolling, Bleschchaden, Joe Roccisano, Occisano Nonet, Frank Nimsgern, Europool Jazz Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra, Ernie Hammes Group, Bob Mintzer... He has been also lead-trumpet with the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra featuring Michael and Randy Brecker, Claudio Roditi, Bobby Shew, Frank Foster, Frank Wess and Jon Hendricks. Ernie has played in many clubs, venues, festivals in France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Finland, England, Greece, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Canada and USA. Ernie has an amazing finger dexterity and chops.
Source: Ana Isabel Ordonez
Awards:1997 Downbeat Student Music Award for jazz ensemble and big band.
Maynard Ferguson, May 2002
Ernie Hammes is a very creative jazz musician and a superb classical soloist”
Lew Soloff, January 2000
Ernie is a first rate trumpet player who covers an awful lot of ground with his playing and writing. Working with him was always a rewarding and highly musical experience. Keep your eyes on this musician”
Bob Mintzer, January 2000
Principal trumpet of the LUXEMBOURG ARMY CONCERT BAND since 1987. Leader of the ARMY BIG BAND since 1994. Jazz-trumpet teacher at the Echternach music school in Luxembourg.