Jazz artist known for his lengthy collaborations with Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Mike Stern, Bob Berg, and others.
His first overseas tour was with The American Youth Jazz Orchestra when he was 16.
He became eminently respected among his fellow artists, being called the 'musician's musician,' and working with the likes of John Mayer, Steely Dan, Chris Botti, and Dizzy Gillespie.
His first interests were the tuba, drums, and saxophone, but his parents thought it wise to begin his music lessons with the piano.
He took private lessons from George Shearing for many years.