When I was fifteen my dad took me to hear pianist Cedar Walton‘s trio at Sweet Basil. The connection between him, drummer Billy Higgins and bassist Ron Carter made a huge impression on me. I started to learn the double bass and held it down for the All-City High School Jazz Ensemble in ’92 during my senior year at Stuyvesant High School. I spent a lot of time in the Upper West Side jazz bar Augie’s — now Smoke — listening to master bassist Dwayne Burno before heading west to Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. Sometimes at the end of the night, Dwayne would invite me to sit in. This drawing is based on him.
I’m a musician, an educator and a student