Cool jazz artist who was remembered for standards In Your Own Sweet Way, The Duke, and Take Five, his best-known recording.
He was told to go to the College of the Pacific's conservatory by his zoologist professor when it became clear that his heart wasn't in veterinary science. He was almost expelled from the conservatory because he couldn't read music.
He was known for his jazz improvisational skills. His album Time Out became one of the best-selling jazz albums in history.
He married Iola Whitlock on September 21, 1942, and they had six children together.
His longtime musical partner was Paul Desmond.