Known for his nuanced style and detailed knowledge of chord progressions and tunes. He was called the musician's musician and pianist's pianist.
He was wounded while serving in World War II after which he joined Sid Milward's comedy band.
He was a fixture on the London jazz scene both before World War II and after, especially on the West End.
He taught himself piano and at age 15 was playing professionally.
He provided music for 1984's The Young Visitors in which Tracey Ullman played the role of Ethel Monticue.