Jazz flautist who came to prominence during the 1960s and who is considered the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz. He also played instruments like clarinets and piccolos.
He learned the oboe in school and later performed locally as a member of bebop big bands led by Gerald Wilson and Roy Porter.
In 1962 he put a young pianist named Herbie Hancock onto one of his working bands.
Before his death he was engaged to be married to Joyce Mordecai, a classically trained dancer.
He was a frequent collaborator and friend of John Coltrane.