About Herman Ernest

Herman “Roscoe” Ernest was an influential New Orleans funk drummer who created the genre known as “Diesel Funk” and is best known for his performances with Dr. John’s band the Lower 911 for almost 30 years. Herman was not only a well-respected musician, but he was also a role model and leader in his community. When he wasn’t on the road or in the recording studio, Herman was making the city a safer, more spiritual, and promising place. He was a deputy sheriff for the NOPD, an active member of the Greater Liberty Baptist Church on Desire Street, and a drumming instructor for children at the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp.

Even in the days prior to his tragically early death in March 2011 from cancer of the tongue, Herman was thinking of others and wished to continue to make his a community a better place. He challenged his medical team to spread awareness of head and neck cancers and promote early detection of such diseases to prevent others from falling victim to it.

Additional artists Herman Ernest has performed with: Johnny Adams, Marcia Ball, Solomon Burke, Shemekia Copeland, Jeremy Davenport, Lee Dorsey, Snooks Eaglin, Etta James, Earl King, Patti LaBelle, John Mayall, The Meters, The Neville Brothers, Anders Osborne, Earl Palmer, Maceo Parker, Wardell Quezergue, Herlin Riley, Kermit Ruffins, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Johnny Vidacovich, Phillip Walker, Junior Wells and Marva Wright.