2007 NEA Jazz Master, Jazz Composer's Orchestra contributor, and prolific recording artist who also played the flute. He worked with many different artists, including Hang Jones.
He started off playing classical music in Oklahoma but moved to Washington DC to play jazz in big bands.
He was a featured member of the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra.
He was born in Kansas City, Missouri.
He performed with Count Basie's band for more than a decade.