Jazz artist whose musicality was admired by Thelonious Monk. Monk advised him to focus on writing new compositions.
He began his professional jazz career when he was 15. He created his first composition "Tiber Rag" for a 1962 high-school Latin project.
He composed the theme song for National Public Radio's long-running talk show "Fresh Air," hosted by Terry Gross.
He married dancer Mary Harrison in 1970, with whom he fathered a son, Max.
He provided the soundtrack for some of Andy Warhol's earliest films.