Free jazz artist who began learning clarinet before switching to piano.
He really didn't seek public acclaim until the 1970s, preferring to develop his skills in private as he earned a living working as a schoolteacher.
He was ambidextrous with both hands being independent of each other and of equal speeds. He preferred to call it ambi-ideation.
His parents were Russian immigrants.
His impressive approach to solo performance earned him comparisons to Art Tatum .