Eclectic jazz artist who was adaptable to many different styles, including ragtime, stride, and free jazz.
He collaborated with saxophonist Charlie Mariano for his recording debut in 1951.
His contribution to bebop jazz musician Phil Woods' 1974 album Musique du Bois prompted NPR to call him one of jazz's most versatile and compelling pianists.
His family nurtured his talents, leading him to a professional career by the time he was 15.
He was a member of Maynard Ferguson's band from 1959 until 1962.