Modern jazz artist who struggled with a heroin addiction during the 1950s and 1960s, only to rebound in the 1970s.
He began working with Benny Carter's orchestra around 1943.
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He was married many times during the 1950s and 1960s, but none of them were successful. His daughter Amy Jo wrote a memoir of her childhood with him.
He performed bebop with Charlie Parker, becoming one of the only white pianists to do so.