Multi-instrumentalist and big band leader known for being the manager of the famed jazz club Minton's Playhouse in Harlem.
He played gigs with the likes of George Howe before becoming a band leader in 1930.
His Minton's Playhouse club became a hub for the growth of bebop music.
His daughter, Gwendolyn Louise Hill, was born in 1930.
He hosted the likes of eccentric pianist Thelonious Monk at Minton's.