Ernie Krivda

Ernie Krivda

 Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Ernie Krivda is now in his 6th decade as a jazz performer. The recording artist is acknowledged by both his peers and jazz critics as one of the world's great tenor saxophone players and one of the jazz worlds most unique artists.


Take a look at the behind-the-scenes making of Ernie's newest release, "Blues for Pekar," with recording studio footage, interviews with the band, and more! "Blues for Pekar" is set for a June 2011 release by Capri Records. (Click VIDEO at the top of the SonicBids page)

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Ernie Krivda's release of Blues for Pekar in 2011 marks a new association with Capri records and continues an artistic ascent that has entered a 6th decade of intense activity, achievement and recognition.He began 2010 with a fellowship award of $20,000 from the Community Partnership of Arts and Culture.In 2009 Ernie Krivda received the Cleveland Arts Prize award for lifetime achievement in music. That same year saw the release of perhaps his most adventurous recording, the critically acclaimed solo saxophone improvisations of November Man.

In a career that spans almost 50 years, Krivda enters the new decade with the respect of his peers and the accolades of critics who have called him one of the greatest jazz tenor saxophonists in the world. His very personal and distinctive improvisational style, along with his unique compositions, has been documented on 30 recordings under his name and many others as a guest artist. The last decade has been his most prolific with 11 releases since 2003, and new recordings being released in 2011

“Ernie Krivda almost blew the sun out of the sky...still at the top of his game..." - Detroit Metro Times

Ernie Krivda was born in Cleveland, began his music studies at age 6, and attended The Cleveland Institute of Music before going on the road. Since that time he has shared the stage with some of the great names in jazz. He was mentored by musicians such as Cannonball Adderley, played in the Quincy Jones Orchestra and performed with artists ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Jackie Wilson.

Krivda has made his home in Cleveland for most of his life but his music takes him across the United States, and into the concert halls of Europe and Japan. He also is a highly respected teacher and clinician who mentored many young jazz musicians working on the world jazz scene. His projects include the Detroit Connection Quartet, His Fat Tuesday Big Band,and Solo tenor saxophone performances such as the 2010 release November Man that was listed by Down Beat Magazine as one of the best jazz recordings of 2010.


Blues for Pekar
Ernie Krivda and The Detroit Connection
Capri Records Int #74110-2

Live At The Dirty Dog
Ernie Krivda and the Detroit Connection

November Man
Ernie Krivda (solo), CIMP Records, 2010

The Art of the Trio
Ernie Krivda Trio, CIMP Records, 2008

Live in New York City
Ernie Krivda Quintet, Cadence Jazz Records, 2006

Stellar Sax
Ernie Krivda Quintet, CIMP Records, 2005

Body & Soul
Ernie Krivda & the Fat Tuesday Big Band, Americatone Records, 2005

Focus on Stan Getz
Ernie Krivda, Cadence Jazz Records, 2004

The Ernie Krivda Jazz Quintet Plays Ernie Krivda, Vol. 1
The Ernie Krivda Jazz Quintet, CIMP, 2003

The Ernie Krivda Jazz Quintet Plays Ernie Krivda, Vol. 2
The Ernie Krivda Jazz Quintet, CIMP, 2004

The Music of Ernie Krivda
The Ernie Krivda Jazz Sextet, Cadence Jazz Records, 2003

The Band that Swings
Ernie Krivda & The Fat Tuesday Big Band, Koch Jazz, 1999

Ernie Krivda & The Fat Tuesday Big Band, Koch Jazz, 1998

Sarah's Theme
The Ernie Krivda Trio, CIMP, 1993

Golden Moments
Ernie Krivda & Dan Wall, Koch Jazz, 1997

The Art of The Ballad
Ernie Krivda & Bill Dobbins, Koch Jazz, 1996

So Nice to Meet You
Ernie Krivda & Paula Owens, Cadence Jazz Records, 1993

Ernie Krivda Jazz
Ernie Krivda Jazz Quartet, Cadence Jazz Records, 1991

Lee's Keys Please
The Cadence Jazz All Stars, Timeless Records, 1989

Well You Needn't
The Ernie Krivda Quartet, Cadence Jazz Records, 1987

Tough Tenor Red Hot
The Ernie Krivda Quartet, Cadence Jazz Records, 1986

The Fireside Sessions
The Ernie Krivda/Kenny Davis Quintet, North Coast Jazz Records, 1985

Live at Rusty's
The Ernie Krivda Quartet, North Coast Jazz Records, 1984

Live at Peabody's
The Ernie Krivda Quartet, North Coast Jazz Records, 1983

The Glory Strut
The Ernie Krivda Quartet, Inner City Records, 1980

The Alchemist
The Ernie Krivda Quartet, Inner City Records, 1978

Ernie Krivda and Friends
The Ernie Krivda Jazz Ensemble, Inner City Records, 1977