Jazz musician and songwriter who played alto saxophone for the Dave Brubeck Quartet and penned the group's 1959 hit song "Take Five." He was a prominent member of the post-World War II "cool jazz" movement.
As a child, he played the violin and the clarinet. He learned to play the alto saxophone during his first year at San Francisco State College.
He served a three-year term in the United States Army.
His mother suffered from psychological problems, and he spent most of his childhood living with extended family in New York City.
He and Art Blakey both made important contributions to jazz music.