Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and composer for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
He graduated from New York University and performed with Miles Davis's band.
He released many recordings on Blue Note.
He married Teruka (Irene) Nakagami in 1961 and they had a daughter named Miyako.
He recorded the 1974s album Native Dancer, which features Herbie Hancock, among other jazzmen.