Born: February 9 Primary Instrument: Drums
Ernest “EC3 Coleman III BIO Ernest, a second generation musician, was born in Naples, Italy to Ernest and Rebecca Coleman. His father, Ernest Jr., was a jazz musician who played tenor sax and was also a great arranger and composer.
Ernest studied at the Naval Conservatory of Music in Norfolk, Virginia and was awarded a special honor for being the youngest student to graduate from this conservatory. After his tour with the Navy Band, Ernest moved to Los Angeles, California and began his true musical quest. He performed for Guys & Dolls, Ain’t Misbehavin, Bourbon Street Review, and A Chorus Line.
Ernest got the call to work with Loretta Holloway in Las Vegas opening for Jay Leno, Bill Cosby, David Brenner, Yakov Smirnoff, Whoopi Goldberg, Don Rickles and many many more. Ernest soon took over as Loretta’s musical director and continued on to travel to places like Russia, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, Virgin Islands, and Brazil, among many places around the world. Ernest worked with Loretta for over twelve years, playing with major symphonies and was responsible for conducting from behind the drums.
Then Ernest received the call of a lifetime! He was offered an opportunity to play with the great jazz legend�the one and only jazz bassist, “Al McKibbon”. Mr. “McKibbon” was the bassist for a Broadway show out of New Orleans, entitled “The Bourbon Street Review”. Ernest was very excited to get this call and realized he had to pass an audition to get booked for the show. Ernest was very familiar with “Al McKibbon”, because Al was the noted bass player for the “Giants of Jazz” Tour, with “Thelonious Monk” and ‘Dizzy Gillespie’. At the conclusion of the audition, Ernest was offered the job and would go on to play three shows a night, six nights a week for the next three years. Do the math�that’s eighteen shows a week! This was one of the best learning experiences in Ernest’s life!
“Al McKibbon” and Ernest grew very close�he was like a second father to Ernest. They lived together for many years and this was where Ernest attained most of his great knowledge of music. After the close of this show, Ernest received the call from jazz drummer, Mr. “Billy Higgins”, whom Ernest met in Los Angeles several years prior.
Mr. Higgins offered Ernest a job with jazz saxophonist, “Azar Lawrence”. Ernest accepted and went on the road with “Azar Lawrence” for the next year and a half. This was another great experience for Ernest.
Ernest moved on to Las Vegas and started working with Frank Sinatra’s pianist and conductor, Mr. “Vincent Falcone”. He then became a part of the Vincent Falcone trio featuring “Jay Leno”. After this accomplishment, Ernest met up with jazz pianist, “Kevin Toney”, and began playing with Kevin and jazz bassist, “Brad Bobo”. Ernest would go on to work with such greats as “Kenny Burrell”, “Russell Malone”, “Lorendo Alameida”, “Lorez Alexandria”, “John Clayton”, “George Cables”, “Herman Riley”, “Charlie Owens”, “Frank Sinatra”, “Vic Damone”, “Diahann Carroll”, “Pudgy”, The Caesar Palace Orchestra, The Harrah’s Tahoe Orchestra, The Harrah’s Reno Orchestra and The Las Vegas Symphony.
Ernest has recently recorded his sophomore CD entitled, “Her Eyes at Sunset” , and begins his tour March 25, 2011, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Of all the new entries in Tirana Jazz Radio’s musical archive the most distinguished is definitely Ernest Coleman. When we listened to his music we felt sorry we had not contacted him before. We think that his album “Her Eyes At Sunset” has the music that every radio needs in its’ repertoire. In it you may find rhythms, harmony, techniques, melody and artistic sensitiveness every listener would indulge into. Mr. Coleman’s performance enwraps in a velvety smoothness not only the performance of the other artists but also the listener itself, with the confidence of a perfectionist and yet conveying every bit of the romance that the album promises in its title. With its’ colorful rhythms, “Her Eyes At Sunset” lands you in many different places, places that Mr. Coleman thought we would like to experience, through his music. After we had an opportunity to listen the CD and shared our impressions we decided in unison that Mr. Coleman deserves a place in the “Drummers Realm”. Tirana Jazz Radio wishes to thank Mr. Coleman for the pleasure his music gives to our listeners! Tirana Jazz Radio Team 12/15/2011
Ernest “EC3” Coleman � Her Eyes At Sunset The title “Her Eyes At Sunset” ambiguously defines the listener’s journey. At first glance, Mr. Coleman’s choice of tunes appears to be indiscriminate, however, upon closer inspection one finds a carefully crafted playlist to delight the ear. Ernest’s point of embarkation is a driving tempo with the title theme from the 1948 film The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, and yet, it is not surprising that he follows with the Gershwin’s They Can’t Take That Away From Me from the 1937 Astaire/Rogers vehicle Shall We Dance, done refreshingly as a quiet ballad. Combining the Latin rhythms of Jobim’s Waters of March, Romero’s Quinta Anauco and his original title track with the delivery of Chantae Cann on Estrada Branca is a happy madness. The arrangement of Blue In Green is unprecedented as is the well-executed bass on the Bricusse/Newley composition Pure Imagination. If homework is a prerequisite for testing the musicianship of this excellent assemblage of players and voices, this project raises the bar of the listening experience, and thus so, is no stranger to my Serenade To The City playlist. Carl Anthony Serenade To The City Jazz 91.9FM WCLK
First and foremost The CD exhibits EC'S extraordinary intuitive abilities as a Drummer.The first track sets the rhythm for this release with a infectious Latin vibe. This is only the beginning of a extraordinary musical escapade into a diversity of musical textures. His world wide tours with various artists shows his versatility to play standards and develop arrangements that fit his style for this debut release. A must for music lovers who embrace style and class. Jay Edwards Host of Jazz Tones Wclk 91.9FM Atlanta Georgia Jay Edwards, Host of Jazz Tones Wclk 91.9FM Atlanta Georgia
It's good to hear something fresh in the sea of jazz sameness — EC's project makes it a musical journey worth taking.. . Sharon Kay, Musical Director, WFSK 88.1FM
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