Join us Wednesday at B-Side for a special performance by pianist David Ervin.
David has been doing charity work (from 2008 to present) as a live performer for Bread & Roses, a non profit organization located in Marin that is dedicated to uplifting the human spirit by providing free, live, quality shows to people who live in institutions or are otherwise isolated from society. He was awarded their entertainer of the year for 2009.
He also teaches piano to underprivileged youth that live at St Vincent's school for boys.
David Ervin (born March 16, 1961 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA) is a jazz funk keyboard player.
From the age of 10 Ervin grew up in Altadena, California, where he began to take after his musical father DiFosco Ervin, a.k.a. Big Dee Irwin. DiFosco Ervin was a singer, songwriter, and recording artist who led the Doo-Wop singing group "The Pastels". At the age of 14, David combined elements of rock, funk and soul using analog synthesizers. Shortly thereafter David jumped on the digital technology bandwagon and purchased a variety of digital keyboards and synthesizers which offered him new creative possibilities.This pivotal period in music technology brought new colors and dimensions to the west coast recording scene. Coupled with this new technology and benefiting from a classical piano background David began adopting and inserting stylistic elements of early jazz pianists like Earl Hines and Teddy Wilson.
A few years later around the age of 20, David Ervin became a sought after Los Angeles session musician. David created and performed complete rhythm tracks and continued to harness the cutting edge music technology of newly developed digital synthesizers and sequencers as tools to inspire his creations. David's tracks were heard on various 80's and 90's chart topping recordings. David's recording credits include hit albums by:Tina Turner, Natalie Cole, Phyllis Hyman, Gladys Knight and the Pips, various albums by the Jacksons, including hits by Jermaine and Michael, The Crusaders and Joe Sample. David's songwriting credits include songs recorded by Bobby "Blue" Bland and Bobby Womack.
David Ervin performs on solo piano and keyboards and in ensemble settings throughout California, the United States and Abroad.