1982 Eubie Blake Jazz Award winner, known for his soul jazz aesthetics. He worked as both a bandleader and a sideman for artists like Billy Butler.
He attended South Carolina State College and went on to perform in a United States Air Force service band in West Germany.
He has recorded more than seventy-five albums as a bandleader over the course of his life.
It was rumored for many years that Person was married to Etta James, but in reality they were just very close musical collaborators.
Person has recorded with many vocalists, including Lena Horne.