NBJP: How old were you when you first played in front of an audience (beyond your family)?
DD: I was around the age of 9 or 10 yrs old. That year I played bass in church as well I played tuba in my elementary school orchestra.
NBJP: What’s your favorite jazz tune? DD: I have many favorite tunes that stick out to me for various reasons, but if I had to pick one it would be “Floogeh” by late great alto saxophonist Jackie McLean. From the first note you can feel the essence of JAZZ.
NBJP: You are a musician, is there another art in which you’d like to be accomplished? DD: I would love to be able to speak many different languages. I think linguistics is the pathway to a lot of history and philosophy throughout the globe.
NBJP: What’s your favorite (G-rated) non-musical pastime?
DD: I am and have been a die hard New York Giants fan since I was 3 years old. I absolutely love everything about The NFL. I am a huge sports gan in general. I am a Knicks, Yankees, and Rangers fan as well.
NBJP: What’s the worst job you ever had? DD: I used to work a summer job at the Hartford Conservatory of Music and one of my duties was moving pianos. I did that for 3 summers. Moving Pianos Sucks.
NBJP: If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be? DD: Estoril, Portugal…..The Beach….The Food…..The beautiful People, and a very well cultured arts scene.
NBJP: Finish this sentence – I own too many ____________________________ DD: I own way too many T-shirts. Sports, music, whatever…..I own a lot of T-shirts
PLUS ONE: When did you know that you wanted to be a professional jazz musician?
DD: I knew I wanted to do this the first time I saw my father perform at a gospel concert with his band. The bass player was super cool and he was solid, and he had a great rapport with my dad.