Trombonist who taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, and authored several works on the history of jazz.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was also employed as a Hollywood studio musician.
He played the Electro-Theremin on "Good Vibrations," "Wild Honey," and "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" with The Beach Boys.
He grew up in a musical family with five brothers.
He was a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 1938 until 1942 in which he played trombone.