Important jazz artist who had a robust effect on 1980s and 1990s mainstream jazz piano. He was students at Mannes University where he founded the Jazz Samaritans with Steve Grossman and Billy Cobham when he was 18. He was alto saxophonist and clarinetist Artwork Pepper’s preferred pianist. His 2012 recording My Muse was created like a tribute to his love with Helen Wray. He used Artwork Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1969 and later on, called Blakey a significant impact on his artwork.