Amy Cervini

Cervini was born in Toronto, Canada in 1977. She studied classical piano in an advanced program at Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music as a teenager. Before She studied at the Etobicoke School of the Arts and focused her studies on the saxophone. She also performed with the Toronto All-Star Big Band. She sang in choirs solos and was often called upon to sing in the big bands at her high school. However, singing was not a part of her studies until she applied to the New England Conservatory in Boston. When she was auditioning for her primary instrument, the alto-saxophone (she is a singer), the instructor asked her to sing. She sang “Bye Bye Blackbird” and was eliminated from the audition board. Cervini recalls, “It’s ironic but if it hadn’t been for them, I probably would not have gotten into NEC.” “I was a double major in saxophone, voice and saxophone until I quit the sax half way through. I was always self-conscious about my ability to improvise on the horn. However, singing felt natural for me and everything about it. As a singer, being a saxophone player was essential because it helped me feel. I began my career as a jazz musician, not in musical theatre. As a teenager, I was listening mainly to Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, and Paul Desmond. It was there that I experienced what it was like to be in a band. Now, I’m able to make my own charts and lead a group. Lovefool, Cervini’s 2009 solo album features her winning interpretation of the title song by the Cardigans and versions of the timeless classic “Comes Love”, as well as the first recording Fred Hersch’s “Lazin’ Around” and far-flung numbers from Willie Nelson (“Sad Songs and Waltzes”) and Nellie McKay (“I Wanna Get Married”) and Jack Johnson (“Upside Down”) and Depeche mode (“Enjoy the Silence”) and Jack Johnson (“Enjoy the Silence”) and Jack Johnson (“Enjoy the Silence”) and Jack Johnson (“Enjoy” and Jack Johnson (“Upside Down”) and Jack Johnson (“Upside Down”) and Jack Johnson (“Enjoy the Silence”) and Jack Johnson (“Enjoy”). Cervini’s new album, Digging Me, Digging You – a Tribute to Blossom Dearie, features her tribute to the jazz singer. It also includes her winning interpretation of the title song by the Cardigans, as well as versions of Fred Hersch’s “Lazin’ Around” and the far-flung numbers by Willie Nelson (“Sad Songs and Waltzes”), Nellie McKay (“I Like You,” and other standards that she has done so well (“Everything I Got Belongs To You”)

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