Primary Instrument: Trombone
Music began in the life of Ernest Stuart at the age of 12 while in middle school. He dreamt of playing saxophone, but soon realized that his dream of being a musician had come to a screetching halt when his mother, a single parent of two, could not afford his instrument. To aviod being kicked out of beginners music class young Ernest was given three options for substitutes: tuba, baritone horn, and trombone… he picked the lesser of three evils, and never looked back. Throughout highschool he studied classical music with bass trombonist Jose Vidal in Sicklerville, NJ. Eventually the lessons and hard work paid off landing Ernest spots in top district orchestras and earning him numerous awards in local jazz competitions. After graduating from high school all roads seemed to lead towards Philadelphia, more specifically, Temple University. While at Temple Ernest studied with Luis Bonilla, “This…”, he explains, “…changed my life”. During his undergraduate studies Ernest began to make a name for himself around Philly as a very versatile trombonist playing various styles of music such as jazz, salsa, r&b,neo-soul, and hip-hop with such artist as The Roots, Captain Black Bigband, Jaguar Wright, Orrin Evans, John Swana, Jimmy Jorge and the Latin Express, Tim Warfield, Thee Phantom, The OJays and more. After graduting from Temple Ernest set his sights on a new city: New York City. Since moving to New York, he has played in such clubs as the Village Vanguard, The Iridum, Smoke and the Blue Note, and has share the stage with musicians such as The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Village Vangurd Orchestra, Reggie Workman, Charles Tolliver, Terell Stafford, Anthony Wonsey, and so on. Now well on his way, Ernest continues to be active on Philadelphia’s and New York music scenes.