Jazz, funk, and R&B trumpet player known for such 1980s hit songs as "Thighs High (Grip Your Hips and Move)" and "Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)."
He released his debut album, Browne Sugar, in 1979. Early in his career, he often played with renowned saxophonist Sonny Fortune.
His popular albums include Rockin' Radio, Love Approach, and Magic.
He grew up in the Queens neighborhood of New York City.
He and jazz pianist Lonnie Smith became musical collaborators.