Composer and double bassist known for his work with Cab Calloway and Lucky Millinder's bands in the early 1940s.
He played cello, violin, and then switched to bass in high school and learned how to compose and score.
He played on and helped arrange The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 2, an album that was monumental for Bud Powell.
He was born and raised in New York City.
He accompanied Tom Waits on Late Night With David Letterman in 1983, one of his last gigs.