US jazz bop pianist
Born : April 01, 1922 in New York City, New York.
Died : August 08, 2006 in Valby, Denmark.
First major appearence as sideman for Coleman Hawkins in 1941. One of the bop pioneers he was a member of Charlie Parker's classic quintet incl. also Miles Davis on the famous Dial sessions in the late 40's. In the early 50's he accompanied a.o. Sonny Stitt and Stan Getz. In 1978 he migrated and settled in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he was signed to the Steeplechase label for many years. 1952 to 1962 married to jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan. As a composer most famous for writing the bop standard "Jordu".