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ERNIE ADAMS | bio

One of the most popular and highly regarded musicians in Chicago, percussionist/drummer Ernie Adams is an experienced, high profile all-styles drummer, who has performed and recorded with many of the world’s great musicians. Known for perfect timing, his solid groove, and brilliant technique, Ernie combines his percussion mastery with great musical taste and a wonderful personality. Having graduated as a jazz major from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Ernie has been a Jazz Mentor at Ravinia since 1995, tutoring young drummers and percussionists. He has performed, recorded, and toured with Ramsey Lewis, Al DiMiola, Joe Williams, Billy Dickens, Arturo Sandoval, Steve Cole, Dianne Reeves, Stanley Turrentine, Ahmad Jamal, Richie Cole, James Moody, Joe Zawinul, Slide Hampton, Clark Terry, Orbert Davis, and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. Ernie has played on three 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 featured on two of his CDs.