David Ervin

David Ervin

Real Name:
David Ervin
David Ervin (born March 16, 1961) is an American pop and jazz synthesizer pioneer and jazz pianist from Altadena, California, USA. He took after his musical father, DiFosco Ervin , a.k.a. Big Dee Irwin, (who was a singer, songwriter/artist who led Doo-Wop singing group, "The Pastels" and recorded duets with Little Eva, in the early 60's) combined elements of rock, funk and soul with the newly emerging digital keyboards and analog synthesizers and along with a handful of other recording keyboard/synth musicians and programmers, brought new colors and dimensions to the west coast recording scene while adopting and inserting stylistic elements of early jazz pianists like Earl"Fatha" Hines and Teddy Wilson.

His recording credits include Albums by Tina Turner, Natalie Cole, Phyllis Hyman, Gladys Knight and the Pips, various albums by the Jacksons, including hits by Jermaine and Michael, to jazz and blues artists, Bobby"blue" Bland (songwriter), Bobby Womack (songwriter) , The Crusaders and Joe Sample.

Ervin was often responsible for performing nearly complete rhythm tracks for these 80's and 90's recordings as the newly developed digital synthesizers and sequencers were being used to replace the drums, bass, horns, strings and almost any other sound that previously required acoustic musicians.

He continues to play and teach jazz piano in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.


David Ervin Discography Tracks


Ready For The World Ready For The World - Ceramic Girl MCA Records Canada 1986 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Bobby "Blue" Bland* Bobby "Blue" Bland* - Sweet Vibrations (Album) MCA Records US 1980 Sell This Version
574010 Swamp Dogg Swamp Dogg - Doing A Party Tonite(LP, Album) Cream Records (4) 574010 France 1980 Sell This Version
ALA 1990 Swamp Dogg Swamp Dogg - Swamp Dogg(LP, Album) ALA ALA 1990 US 1982 Sell This Version
Active Force (3) Active Force (3) - Active Force (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records US 1983 Sell This Version
Jacksons* Body Jacksons* - Victory (Album) Epic Australia 1984 Sell This Version
Dazz Band Dazz Band - Jukebox (Album) Motown Italy 1984 Sell This Version
MCA 5503 Bobby Bland Bobby Bland - You've Got Me Loving You(LP, Album) MCA Records MCA 5503 US 1984 Sell This Version
Jermaine Jackson Do What You Do Jermaine Jackson - Jermaine Jackson (Album) Arista Spain 1984 Sell This Version
Joe Sample Joe Sample - Oasis (Album) MCA Records US 1985 Sell This Version
The Winans The Winans - Let My People Go (Album) Qwest Records US 1985 Sell This Version
MOL 7 La Toya Jackson and Cerrone La Toya Jackson and Cerrone - Oops Oh No!(7", Single) Music Of Life MOL 7 UK 1986 Sell This Version
Various The Little Drummer Boy Various - A Very Special Christmas (Comp) A&M Records Spain 1987 Sell This Version
Wilton Felder Wilton Felder - Love Is A Rush (Album) MCA Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Natalie Cole I'm The One Natalie Cole - Everlasting (Album) EMI-Manhattan Records Canada 1987 Sell This Version
Gladys Knight And The Pips Love Overboard Gladys Knight And The Pips - All Our Love (Album) MCA Records, MCA Records Europe 1987 Sell This Version
Levert Casanova and 1 more… Levert - The Big Throwdown (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic Canada 1987 Sell This Version
393 911-2 Various The Little Drummer Boy Various - A Very Special Christmas(CD, Comp) Special Olympics Productions, Inc. 393 911-2 France 1987 Sell This Version
Darlene Love We Stand A Chance Darlene Love - Paint Another Picture (Album) CBS UK 1988 Sell This Version
Howard Huntsberry Roses Howard Huntsberry - With Love (Album) MCA Records US 1988 Sell This Version
465886 2 The Jacksons Body The Jacksons - The CBS Collection(5xCD, Album, RE + Box, Comp) Epic 465886 2 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
MCD 10439, MCAD 10439 Patti LaBelle Feels Like Another One (as Dave Ervin) and 1 more… Patti LaBelle - Burnin'(CD, Album) MCA Records, MCA Records MCD 10439, MCAD 10439 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
For Real I Like For Real - It's A Natural Thang (Album) A&M Records US 1994 Sell This Version
5049262000 The Jacksons Body The Jacksons - Victory / Triumph(2xCD, Album, Comp, RE) Epic, Sony Music 5049262000 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
Dazz Band Dazz Band - Joystick / Jukebox (Comp) Funky Town Grooves, Universal Music Special Markets US 2011 Sell This Version