As some of you may know, Ernie has been battling lung cancer for the last couple of years. The last time I saw him he looked healthy as hell so I thought he might be beating it.
But a couple of days ago I heard from a friend that the cancer has spread to his brain. I'm hoping my friend was wrong, but these days, who knows?
I tried reaching Ernie by phone a couple of weeks ago, but he hasn't responded to my message.
If any of you have any pull with the Big Jazz Player in the Sky, you might ask him to throw Ernie a bit of help.
He's a great guy, and it sounds like he could use it.
We're pulling for you, Ernie.