Hugely influential jazz saxophonist during the Big Band era. He published memoirs, including If You Know of a Better Life, Please Tell Me.
He started out in the Austin High School Gang in 1922 and moved to New York City to further his career.
He wrote a ballad called 'Zen is When,' which was played by The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1964.
He was born and raised in Chicago, and ended up returning to live there in his old age.
He released many recordings, including "The Eel," "Tillie's Downtown Now," "Crazeology," "The Buzzard," and "After Awhile," all of which were composed with Benny Goodman.