Grammy Award-winning performer, composer of many well-known jazz standards like "St. Thomas" and "Doxy." He is considered a jazz great.
He played in a jazz band in high school and worked on his first recordings in 1949, going on to collaborate with Miles Davis and other famed musicians.
His 1956 album Saxophone Colossus was critically acclaimed.
His wife Lucile passed away in 2004.
He collaborated with Max Roach on many projects over the years.