NEA Jazz Masters Award winner and bebop jazz saxophonist who has played with the likes of Lionel Hampton.
He joined Bull Moose Jackson's rhythm and blues band after graduating from Howard University.
He wrote the song 'I Remember Clifford' in memory of his former friend and bandmate, Clifford Brown.
He married a woman named Bobbie.
He made a cameo in the 2004 Tom Hanks film The Terminal.