Darryl 'Big Daddy D' Porras
Before I could even play an instrument, an influential jazz friend of mine, Dan Faulk, turned me onto jazz. I started listening to Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis and Wes Montgomery. It was hard listening, but eventually it made sense. I didn't pick up an instrument until I was 17, but fortunately for me Dan had brothers who also played the blues. They let me jam with them and gave me my first band experience. Dan's older brother Chris played blues guitar with the Hoodoo Kings, and was my first brush with a real live gigging musician.