Self-taught bebop jazz artist who was blinded while a baby because of his doctor's carelessness.
He studied the violin, clarinet, saxophone, and piano when he was young.
He played with alto saxophonist
His family relocated to New York City in 1947, which exposed him to the city's jazz climate and the influence of such musicians as Eric Dixon, Dick Carter, and Herb Jones.
He collaborated with King Curtis during the 1950s.