Jazz drummer, composer, and bandleader who was simply recognized to improvise his agreements and who all performed with Benny Goodman early in his profession. He was the 1994 receiver of the American Jazz Experts Award in the Country wide Endowment for the Arts. He went to Moline SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. When he was seventeen years of age, he gained the Slingerland Country wide Gene Krupa competition. He was recognized to give drum lessons and lessons. He was wedded to Pearl Bailey until her loss of life and remarried Francine Bellson. He provides performed with Duke Ellington.