Trumpeter on Jackie McLean's Blue Note albums and co-founder of Strata-East Records.
He started at Howard University as a pharmacy student before moving to New York City to further his music career.
His 2007 album With Love won a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble.
His grandmother gave him a trumpet when he was a child.
He recorded the 1968 album Paper Man with Charles Tolliver and His All Stars, which included Herbie Hancock.