Influential bebop alto saxophonist who was leader on twenty recordings over the course of his life. He played with Johnny Otis, among other popular artists.
He moved to Los Angeles at the age of fifteen and started playing in Howard McGhee's band.
He signed with Imperial Records in 1956 after working with Norman Granz on some jam sessions.
He was born in Memphis, Tennessee.
Criss was largely influenced by the bop style of Charlie Parker.