September 3, 1937, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Doctor of Performing Arts, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Master of Arts, Cultural Policy; State University of New York/Empire State College, 1993
Bachelor of Science, Music Education; Indiana University/New York University, 1971
Awards and Achievements:
National Endowment for the Arts: Jazz Panelist, 1974 1978 ( Panel Chairman, 1976 1978)
National Coordinator, Jazz Artists in Schools Pilot Program, 1978 1982.
Music Panelist, NY State Council on the Arts, 1987 1990; United States Information Agency, 1992
Numerous other State arts agencies (NC, PA, MI, NJ, OH)
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation
Executive Director, African American Jazz Caucus of IAJE, beginning in 2001
Appointed to the Board of Directors, Madame C.J. Walker Theatre Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2001
Recipient of the Howard University Benny Golson Award, 2001
Inducted into the Downbeat Magazine Jazz Education Hall of Fame, 1999
Inducted into the International Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame, NYC Convention, 1998
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Living Legacy Jazz Award, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., 1997
Leader, Bassist, and Artistic Director:
The JAZZ LEGACY ENSEMBLE®, 1985 to the present.
Jazz Artist in Residence:
Grambling College, Southern University, University of Utah, Drake University, Creighton University, Colorado College, Penn State University, Bowdoin College, Alcorn State, Bennington College, College of the Virgin Islands, University of Natal Durban, Schomburg Center/New York Public Library- 1993 to the present,
International Concerts, Nightclubs, Radio, Television, Recordings With:
Wes Montgomery, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, Horace Silver, Benny Goodman, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Haynes, "Papa" Jo Jones, Newport Jazz Festival All Stars, Lee Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, Hank Mobley, Kenny Burrell, Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, Josh White, Don Shirley, Carmen McRae, Dinah Washington, Mercer Ellington, Kenny Dorham, Milt Hinton, Slam Stewart, Billy Taylor, Red Garland, Betty Carter, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, James Moody, Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy, Milt Jackson, Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Herbie Hancock, Dave Baker, Joe Kennedy Jr., etc.
Professor of Music, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 1971 - 1999
Chairman, Music Department, Livingston College of Rutgers University, 1972 - 1980
Professor of Music, Emeritus, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, beginning 1999
Manhattan School of Music faculty since 1991.