Darryl is an American born jazz bassist who has lived in France since 2004. Previously, he was in New York for twelve years where he performed with some of the world’s greatest artists, in many different genres of jazz and African American diaspora music. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, birthplace to some of the world’s finest bassists including Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Alphonso Johnson, Charles Fambrough, Percy Heath, Jymie Merritt, Christian Mcbride, Arthur Harper, Tyrone Brown, and Victor Bailey.
While in New York, Darryl performed with many jazz luminaries including Mulgrew Miller, Carmen Lundy, Hank Jones, Mary Stallings, Geri Allen, James Williams, Stefon Harris, Regina Carter, Ravi Coltrane, and Robert Glasper, among others. In 1996 he was the winner of the Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition. Living in France since 2004, he has performed with many European and American artists throughout Europe, including Martial Solal, Cedar Walton, Archie Shepp, George Cables, Harold Mabern, Donald Brown, Piero Odorici, Kirk Lightsey, Uri Caine, Dianne Reeves, Didier Lockwood, Christian Escoude, Baptiste Trotignon Florin Nicolescu, Enrico Rava, Ximo Tebar, Dado Moroni, Rosario Guiliani, Joe Locke, Willie Jones, Wayne Escoffery, Laurent de Wilde, Aldo Romano, and many more.
Predominantly self-taught, Darryl studied privately with pianist Gerald Price and bassist Tyrone Brown and studied composition at Manhattan School of Music. His versatility, soulfulness, openminded-ness, and professionalism have made him very much appreciated.
1996 Winner - Thelonious Monk Institute
International Bass Competition