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 by my senior year of Stuyvesant High School I was holding it down on bass for the All-City High School Jazz Ensemble. I spent a lot of time in the Upper West Side jazz bar Augie’s — now Smoke — listening to master bassist Dwayne Burno. Sometimes at the end of the night, Dwayne would invite me to sit in. This drawing is based on him.
I graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music with dual bachelors degrees in Biology and Jazz Double Bass Performance.