- Category : Entertain-Music-Instrumentalist
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Sphinx 1
American jazz musician in the Big Band era, a trumpet player and bandleader, he played with Count Basie among others. From 1947-1957 he had his own band. From the early 1960s until 1992 he was part of the orchestra on Johnny Carson's late night television show. In 2009 he was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master.
He and his wife had two daughters. At his death in 2011 they had been married for 72 years. He died of complications from an unspecified lung disorder on May 11, 2011 in Newport Beach, CA.