An arranger for many Blue Note sessions due to his exceptional sight reading skill, known for his breathy sound. He took occasional breaks from work, but had a comeback in 1959.
He began playing tenor saxophone in his early twenties and had his first success recording with Barons of Rhythm in 1940.
He had a long hiatus which was ended in the 1950s with a comeback that was well-received by audiences.
He was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey.
Quebec served as a talent scout for Blue Note, helping Thelonious Monk gain notoriety.