Baritone saxophonist for Count Basie's Orchestra for more than twenty-five years, known for being the low-end foundation of the band.
He learned how to play the alto and tenor saxophones, clarinet, and violin before baritone saxophone.
He set himself apart by working with specific artists for longer periods of time than custom in his field.
He was married to Wini Brown; he also managed her singing career.
He played with Lionel Hampton in New York from 1944 to 1948.