Jazz bassist from Detroit, Michigan who played with some of the most revered bandleaders of his time, including Duke Ellington and Dexter Gordon. He was also a music teacher at the Berklee College of Music.
He attended the famous Cass Technical High School before serving in the U.S. Navy.
He was well-known for his use of a bow, also known as an arco, during his bass solos.
He was married to Minee Aitcheson.
He was a sideman to Frank Sinatra during the recording of the crooner's 1984 album "L.A. Is My Lady."