Jazz musician known for being one of the first true bebop trombonists. He found success as a solo artist and as a sideman for artists like Count Basie.
He began playing the piano at nine and trombone at fourteen.
He became a Hollywood composer in the 70's, creating scores for major films like Cleopatra Jones.
He married Carolyn Reid in September 1992.
He played in the orchestra led by saxophonist Benny Carter from 1942 to 1945.