Originally from Oakland, California, I started playing alto in the sixth grade. I was moved to tenor in middle school and discovered that, as a musician, I could be accepted in different cliques without being hazed. Surfers, greasers, eggheads, it was all good. My mom brought home this bootleg record from the store called "Groovin Hi" with cats like Phil Woods, Richie Kamuca, Art Pepper and Pepper Adams doing this stuff that scared the crap out of me. I was enthralled.