Ernie Adams studied Jazz at North Texas State University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Since then, he has been one of the most sought-out drummers and percussionists in the area.
Ernie has played on 3 CDs and a DVD with The Al DiMeola Electric Band, as well as world tours for that band from 1996 to 2006. He has also played for 12 years with Ramsey Lewis and is also featured on 2 of his CDs.
The list of people he has played with is extensive. It includes tours, gigs and/or recordings with Joe Williams, Douglas Spotted Eagle, Orbert Davis and The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Patricia Barber with Stefon Harris, Art Porter, Stanley Turrentine featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Dianne Reeves, Bill Summers, Kurt Elling, Karen Briggs, Billy Dickens, Steve Cole, Phil Upchurch, Baabe Irving III, Von Freeman, Melvin Rhyne, Bobby Lyle, Richie Cole, James Moody, Rufus Reid, Buster Williams, Ursula Dudziak, Joe Zawinul, Slide Hampton, Frank Morgan, Arturo Sandoval, Charles Earland, Wycliff Gordon, Claudio Roditi, Ken Peplowski, Michael Wolff, Marvin Stamm, Clark Terry, Pharoah Sanders, Ahmad Jamal, James Spaulding, The Bodeans, Kenny Drew Jr, Anthony Jackson, Orbert Davis, Grazyna Auguscik, and Red Holloway, and clinics with Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Jack McDuff and Joey DeFrancesco and Piero Esteriore, finalist on TV show Swiss Idol. Ernie has also performed in numerous jazz, funk and worldbeat concerts under his own name.