Ernie Denov has been playing guitar professionally for almost 30 years. Being the son of a professional symphony orchestra musician, he was exposed to music from an early age, and after starting out on piano for two years, decided that he wanted to play guitar and grow up to be a rock star. Somewhere along the way, reality set in and Ernie focused his efforts on being able to play convincingly within multiple musical genres. This endeavor proved to be fruitful, as he ended up becoming a member of various working rock, funk, jazz, blues, fusion, latin and pop bands, often finding himself playing a different style of music with a different band every night of the week.
In 1986, Ernie, yearning to write and perform his own original material, founded and led a progressive rock/jazz fusion quartet called Bad Dog U. The group quickly developed a cult following of loyal fans in the Chicago area, many of whom were fellow professional musicians. After 18 years of performing in clubs and making demo recordings, Bad Dog U finally released it's self titled debut in 2004.
In the span of his career, Ernie has recorded or played live with Richard Marx, Dennis DeYoung, Sheila Jordan, Von Freeman, Terry Callier, Dave Valentin, Bobby Hart, Airto Moreira, Howard Levy, Darryl Jones, Liquid Soul, Ira Sullivan, Paul Wertico, Victor Bailey and many other musical artists.
Ernie is proud to be one of the original members of The Lt. Dan Band, with whom he has performed for some of the largest and most receptive audiences and seen more of the world than he ever had in his lengthy career.