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Ernesto Cervini

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.

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(Cervini) establish(es) a firm bedrock for the others to glide over. As with most drummer-led dates, there are plenty of trapset expositions... Drummers will want to keep an ear out for the upcoming Ernesto Cervini. Larry Hollis - Cadence Magazine

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

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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

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