Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, Ernie graduated from
The University of Glasgow in 1984. As a micro-chip designer
he was able to travel over Europe and the US and indeed to
exercise a hobby which gradually took more and more importance
in his life - music. By
2002 Ernie was a full-time musician.
was co-founder of the funk collective PPA+,
whose charismatic horn section has been emblematic on the
Geneva music scene since 1999. PPA+
has featured many guest artists, including such famous names
as James Taylor. Ernie began the now famous once-monthly BlaKat
Jam Sessions in Geneva's Chat
Noir, which he still runs to this day. During 2002/2003
Ernie hosted a twice-weekly jazz evening at the famous Bangkok
jazz club Brown Sugar.
his focus from saxophone to singing in 2003, Ernie recorded
with LeBocal on a Tribute
to Frank Zappa. Selling more than 6000 copies, the album features
Rita Marcotulli and Glenn Ferris.
obtained the Prix du Festival
at Crest Vocal Jazz competition in 2004 and went on to form
the piano-voice duo E'MOW and the progressive pop quartet
Liquid Groovement with pianist
Michel Wintsch, who is a reference in improvised music in
Switzerland. In 2008 Ernie began work with a new trio, The Glenn Ferris "Wheel", with Glenn Ferris on trombone and Bruno Rousselet on double bass.
Ex-President of the improvised music association AMR,
and founder of a new jazz club, Jaydo's Jazz Café, Ernie takes an active part in the promotion and organisation
of jazz events in the Geneva region.