Jazz artist who earned a bachelor's in mathematics and psychology in 1969 and had a career in computer programming, which led him to study computer music.
His professional jazz career began in 1950, and he gained recognition when he filled in for legendary jazz artist Randy Weston in 1955.
He managed New York City's St. James Infirmary jazz club from 1974 until 1975.
He married jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian after playing with her in 1982. He passed away after a long battle with cancer.
He collaborated with many musicians, including Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, and Chet Baker.