Graduated from Bass Institute of Technology in 1989 and received the Bass Student of the Year Award. Since then, he’s gone on to develop an impressive list of credits, including work with Natalie Cole, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight (musical Madam Lilly), James Ingram, Melba Moore, Eloise Laws, and Debra Laws.
Ernest has also toured and/or performed with Allan Holdsworth, Andy Summers, Jeff Richman, Thom Rotella, David Benoit, David Garfield, Phil Upchurch, Dan Segal, Tom Scott, Eric Marienthal, Brian Auger, Ronnie Laws, Jeff Lorber, Kevin Toney, Pat Kelley, Lee Ritenour, John Pisano, Brian Bromberg, Brandon Fields, Norman Brown, Russian Pop Star Alsou, as well as symphony orchestras in San Francisco, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Recently, Ernest was a member of the Debbie Allen directed musical “TWIST” at the Pasadena Playhouse in Los Angeles, California.
Ernest has been part of the teaching staff at Musician’s Institute for 19 years. He’s also made recent clinic/concert appearances with Mike Stern, Danny Gottlieb, and Oz Noy.
His TV appearances include two appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Rosie O’Donnell Show, and the 2002 American Idol finale.
His recording credits are equally impressive: Phil Upchurch & the Phil-Harmonic Orchestra, David Garfield, David Benoit, Pat Kelley, Kevin Toney, Carlton Schroeder, Mijares, MSM Shmidt, Vernell Brown, Jr., Ray Fuller, and Sonny Axell. He was also a part of the recording band for “Livin’ for Live”: The Natalie Cole Story.