By Aarik Danielsen
Horace Bray took his first serious stab at the guitar so he could support a growing drum habit.
As a youth, he had played along to songs by alt-rock giants such as Nirvana and Foo Fighters, but drumming was his first love. When his mother offered to pay him $100 to learn Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” on six strings, Bray took the bait.
“I really wanted a new ride cymbal, so I did it,” he said. “Pretty much immediately I just got really into the guitar and didn’t really put it down.”
Once jazz fans hear the 24-year-old’s debut album, “Dreamstate,” they will be lining up...