Ernesto Cervini

Drummer Ernesto Cervini is making a name for himself as a consummate bandleader and in-demand sideman. Time Out New York encapsulated Cervini as “a buoyant drummer as well as a sharp composer,” while the jazz bible, Downbeat, described his fluid style as one that “exemplifies `float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’.”

The drummer released Abundance, his sixth album as a leader in October, 2018. Modern Drummer magazine said: “Cervini recalls such old-schoolers as Art Blakey and Billy Higgins. . . It’s his robust, magnetic personality that fascinates consistently.”

Born in Toronto in 1982, Cervini graduated from Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music with a degree in classical piano and clarinet before focusing his energies behind the drum kit. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, Cervini laid claim to a diverse musicianship, one that has taken him to some of the hippest, most prestigious stages across the globe. Along with Abundance (Anzic Records), Cervini has released 2 previous sextet albums (JUNO-nominated Rev in 2017 and the eponymous Turboprop in 2015) and three quartet albums; There (Anzic Records), Little Black Bird (Orange Grove, 2009) and Here (self-released, 2006). Cervini also co-leads the Juno-nominated trio Myriad3, with pianist Chris Donnelly and bassist Dan Fortin and TuneTown with Kelly Jefferson and Artie Roth.

As a sideman, Cervini’s studio experience includes JUNO-nominated albums with the Joel Frahm Trio, Tara Davidson Quintet and Carn Davidson Nine as well as numerous others. Cervini began his work as a publicist with Orange Grove Publicity in 2014 and has quickly become one of the most sought after jazz publicists in Canada.

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