“What I most enjoy about working with this group is that there is a lightheartedness in their soul, and it comes out in their performances,” says Darryl. I remember Kenny Blake saying one day in the studio that EMS personnel see some pretty horrific things every day. As artists we have an opportunity to make someone’s day just a little bit lighter, little bit easier, even if just for a moment.
“One of the most enjoyable performances was with Ken Karsh, Kenny Blake, Pete Tokar and Wilber Krebs at the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation National Loss Conference. It truly was a blessing to be able to contribute to the important work and mission of this noteworthy foundation,” says Darryl. The highlights of this evening were the ensemble improvisation of two songs (This Masquerade, a Marcus Miller selection, along with a set ending performance of Darryl’s song Café Rio.
Very interesting is the fact that during his college years (Kent State University) the first band that Darryl was a member of (Love, Life, and Light) featured In Living Color comedian AJ Jamal on keyboards and renown poet and KSU professor Mwatabu Okantah on percussion and lead vocals.