Jazz artist who collaborated with some of the biggest names in 20th-century music and also recorded dozens of his own albums.
He studied at the Naval School of Music in Washington, D.C., and served as a bandsman in the U.S. Navy.
He became a studio-session musician after moving to Los Angeles, and from 1969 until the early 1980s, he was an accompanist for the likes of Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, and Dionne Warwick.
He was born into a musical family where his father was a minister and his mother was a homemaker.
He first discovered jazz when he attended an Earl "Fatha" Hines concert at the age of 16.