Ken Leighton 12:30 p.m., Feb. 21
Sound description: Nu-jazz gospel R&B.
RIYL: Jaco Pastorious, Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke
Influences: Jaco Pastorious, Victor Wooten, Ron Carter, Victor Bailey, George Benson, David Sandborn, Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Anthony Jackson, Carol Kaye, Bob Magnusson, Larry Graham, Charlie Parker, Byron Miller, Herbie Hancock, Cecil Mcbee Jr., Louis Johnson, Wynton Kelly, Michael Brecker, Fattburger, Hollis Gentry
Bassist, composer, and producer Darryl Williams was born in San Diego, picking up the bass at the age of 13. At 15, he was performing with local bands at high school dances, as well as playing bass with gospel legend Shirley Caesar. At 19, he did a four-month tour of Japan with a popular San Diego band. Upon returning from the Far East tour (1989), that same band did a tour opening up for legendary R&B vocalist Al Greene. When the tour ended, Darryl enrolled at San Diego State University and studied in their jazz program under pianist Rick Helzer and bassist Gunner Biggs. He stayed in that program for one year and then went on to study with several world-class bassists including Bob Magnusson, Cecil Mcbee Jr., and Chis Conner and Marshall Hawkins. By the age of 21, Darryl was a regular and recognized performer on the San Diego music scene.
- That Was Then