San Diego native Darryl Williams is a naturally gifted musician, who began playing bass at the young age of 13. Only two years into his young career as a bassist, Mr. Williams was playing at local clubs and events around the San Diego area. During this time he had the opportunity to open up for smash RnB group Lakeside. Darryl also played with Gospel Legend Shirley Caesar at age 16. Soon after graduating from high school, Williams did a four month tour in Japan with other young talented musicians, which he states as being “unforgettable.” Upon returning to the States, Mr. Williams and the same band in which he played with in Japan, did a three month tour opening for soul legend Al Green. After that tour, Darryl enrolled in the Jazz Program at San Diego State University and studied with San Diego legends Gunner Biggs and Rick Helzer.
Darryl Williams’ passion and desire to grow as a musician lead him to studying under teachers and mentors who would provide him with this growth. Some of the very well known mentors he studied alongside include former Miles Davis and John Coltrane’s bassist Marshall Hawkins, Sarah Vaughn’s bassist Bob Magnusson, great San Diego bassist Cecil Mcbee Jr., and San Diego sax icon Hollis Gentry III. By age 21, Williams was a regular in the San Diego music scene. He performed regularly with artists like Hollis Gentry, Evan Marks, Patrick Yandall and Grammy Award winning pianist Kamau Kenyatta just to name a few.