Roman Catholic clergyman who became an authority on jazz and earned the nickname The Jazz Priest.
He spent time with local Detroit jazz bands while studying for the clergy, and then moved to New York to direct radio and television of New York's Paulist Fathers.
At a time when jazz music was considered improper by the church, he helped popularize it with performances and concerts, along the way contributing articles for the Boston Globe and Down Beat magazine.
He was born in Detroit, Michigan.
He was on the board of the Newport Beach Jazz Festival, which featured musicians like Dave McKenna and Louis Armstrong.