A virtuoso and three-time Grammy Award champion that has recorded a lot more than three hundred functions. He went to the Juilliard College for dual bass. He used various rings of well-established music artists in his past due teenage years and early twenties, including with Milt Jackson. He wedded Melissa Walker plus they founded a jazz college in Montclair, NJ. He adopted Dianne Reeves as the Innovative Seat for Jazz for the LA Philharmonic.