Bio

Ernest Adzentoivich was born in a town of population 400. Secluded at the top of a mountain in rural Pennsylvania, his musical development began with Yok Tom Billy Urban’s Polka Party, Dial-N-Deal (a sort of call in yard sale), and a Saturday morning Doo-Wop radio show, as well as some 8-track tapes of Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. The music which played next door at his grandparents bar was Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and a ton of Elvis Presley.

Guitar and bass lessons, along with favored recordings by Kiss, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa and The Beatles comprised Ernest’s formative musical influences. These early experiences combined with playing in local bands steered Ernest to Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

Ernest graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude and continued his education in Boston studying with jazz great Ran Blake and the Boston Symphony’s John Stovall. He spent every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night jamming as the house bassist at Wally’s Cafe with the best local musicians, as well as with the likes of Kenny Garrett, Jeff Watts, Josh Redman, Antoino Hart and several Marsalis Brothers.

Ernest is an in demand session bassist having performed on over 35 releases and commercials for AT&T, LG, V8, Budweiser, Nike, General Electric, as well as on tracks for television shows like Blue’s Clues, Dawson’s Creek, The Today Show, One Life to Live and The Osbournes. He has also recorded for many artists including: Stephin Merritt, DJ Spooky, Samantha Parton of theĀ Be Good Tanyas and The Real Tuesday Weld.

Currently Ernest is devoting his time to producing music out of his home studio in Culver City CA. He has done work for NASCAR, Cherry Lane Publishing, Professional Bull Riding, Bunim-Murray, AT&T, LG Electronics, Diet Pepsi, ENYCE, V8, and several TV shows including 7 seasons of The Real World, 2 Seasons of The Duel. Ernest was a staff composer for the last season of NBC’s Emmy winning show Starting Over. He has contributed music to the feature film Handsome Harry as well as scoring several industrials and short films. He has composed music for the Selectracks, Sonic Librarian and Heavy Hitters music libraries and has his own library Adzentoivich Music, which is licensed in several countries. He has won the Henry Mancini Emerging Film Composer award from the ASCAP Foundation and several ASCAP Plus Awards.

Mr. Adzentoivich has studied bass under Leigh Mesh (Associate Principal of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Gunther Schuller, Kenny Werner, Bruce Gertz, Ed Lucie and Jim Smith.

He has performed at The Lilith Fair, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Barge Music, SXSW & CMJ music festivals, the JVC and Boston Globe Jazz Festivals, as well as touring across the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and Scandinavia.