Jazz Artist who recorded influential works with several great artists of the 1970s and 1980s.
He was inspired to become a jazz player after seeing a performance of Oscar Peterson on TV. His initial attempts at learning jazz were not successful.
He collaborated with Betty Carter, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Tony Williams, and many others across a career in which he participated in more than 500 albums as accompanying Pianist.
His family was residing in Greenwood, Mississippi, when he was born.
He formed a jazz trio, taking on not only jazz standards, but also works by Cole Porter and Thelonious Monk.