Best remembered for writing "Stompin' at the Savoy" and "Don't Be That Way." He was uniquely skilled with the saxophone and violin.
He started playing the violin when he was just six years old and added the saxophone while he was in high school.
He became a student of the Schillinger System during the early 1940s.
His family was residing in New York City when he was born.
He worked with many top musicians and composers over the course of his career, including Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, and Benny Goodman.