Known for his amazing creativity aswell as his left-handed technique and exclusive chromaticism. He was graduated from Youngstown Condition University and started dealing with Woody Herman, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, and Lee Konitz. He ultimately became a member of the Eastman College of Music faculty. He released small information regarding his personal existence. His 2012 recording Unriched saluted his five preferred performers: McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman, Bob Haggart, Thelonious Monk, and Hoagy Carmichael.