Jazz drummer and vibraphonist who was considered one of the greatest to ever perform. He was also bandleader on albums like Blue Vibes.
He was a boxer who won the Golden Gloves amateur championship before becoming a drummer.
In addition to his playing ability, he was a songwriter who penned many of his own hits, including "The Loop" and "Selim."
His parents were both involved in music, with his father playing the trumpet while his mother was an organist.
He was a such a big Miles Davis fan that he wrote the song "Selim," which is Miles spelled backwards, to honor his memory.