Jazz musician known to be among the initial true bebop trombonists. He discovered success being a single artist so that as a sideman for performers like Count number Basie. He started playing the piano at nine and trombone at fourteen. He became a Hollywood composer in the 70’s, creating ratings for major movies like Cleopatra Jones. He wedded Carolyn Reid in Sept 1992. He performed in the orchestra led by saxophonist Benny Carter from 1942 to 1945.