EC, a second generation musician, was born in Naples, Italy to EC and Rebecca Coleman. His father, Ernest Coleman Jr., was a jazz musician who played tenor sax and was also a great arranger and composer.
EC studied at the Naval Conservatory of Music in Norfolk, Virginia and was awarded a special honor for being the youngest student to graduate from this conservatory. After his tour with the Navy Band, EC moved to Los Angeles, California and began his true musical quest. He performed for Guys & Dolls, Ain’t Misbehavin, Bourbon Street Review, and A Chorus Line.
EC got the call to work with Loretta Holloway in Las Vegas opening for Jay Leno, Bill Cosby, David Brenner, Yakov Smirnoff, Whoopi Goldberg, Don Rickles and many many more. EC soon took over as Loretta’s musical director and continued on to travel to places like Russia, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, Virgin Islands, and Brazil, among many places around the world. EC worked with Loretta for over twelve years, playing with major symphonies and was responsible for conducting from behind the drums.
Then EC received the call of a lifetime! He was offered an opportunity to play with the great jazz legend—the one and only jazz bassist, “Al McKibbon”. Mr. “McKibbon” was the bassist for a Broadway show out of New Orleans, entitled “The Bourbon Street Review”. EC was very excited to get this call and realized he had to pass an audition to get booked for the show. EC was very familiar with “Al McKibbon”, because Al was the noted bass player for the “Giants of Jazz” Tour, with “Thelonious Monk” and ‘Dizzy Gillespie’. At the conclusion of the audition, EC was offered the job and would go on to play three shows a night, six nights a week for the next three years. Do the math—that’s eighteen shows a week! This was one of the best learning experiences in EC’s life!
“Al McKibbon” and EC grew very close—he was like a second father to EC. They lived together for many years and this was where EC attained most of his great knowledge of music. After the close of this show, EC received the call from jazz drummer, Mr. “Billy Higgins”, whom EC met in Los Angeles several years prior.
Mr. Higgins offered EC a job with jazz saxophonist, “Azar Lawrence”. EC accepted and went on the road with “Azar Lawrence” for the next year and a half. This was another great experience for EC.
EC moved on to Las Vegas and started working with Frank Sinatra’s pianist and conductor, Mr. “Vincent Falcone”. He then became a part of the Vincent Falcone trio featuring “Jay Leno”. After this accomplishment, EC met up with jazz pianist, “Kevin Toney”, and began playing with Kevin and jazz bassist, “Brad Bobo”. EC would go on to work with such greats as “Kenny Burrell”, “Russell Malone”, “Laurindo Almeida”, “Lorez Alexandria”, “John Clayton”, “George Cables”, “Herman Riley”, “Charlie Owens”, “Frank Sinatra”, “Vic Damone”, “Diahann Carroll”, “Pudgy”, The Caesar Palace Orchestra, The Harrah’s Tahoe Orchestra, The Harrah’s Reno Orchestra and The Las Vegas Symphony.
EC has recently recorded his CD entitled, “It’s All About the Rhythm”
and begins his tour March 6, 2013, in Washington, DC.