He graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in music education. By then he had already performed with the Gerald Wilson Big Band, Herbie Hancock, and recorded with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Bobby Hutcherson. He recorded as a sideman in jazz, blues, and pop music, including on "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson. In 1982, he received a Grammy nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues song, for co-writing "Let It Whip" made famous by the Dazz Band. He worked with George Benson, Stanley Clarke, The Crusaders, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, John Lee Hooker, Hubert Laws, Thelonious Monk, Jean-Luc Ponty, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Patrice Rushen, Carlos Santana, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, The Temptations, Tina Turner, and Weather Report. In 2006, he became an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California and taught at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in California for three weeks every summer.
He was a member of the Percussive Arts Society. Discography With Miles Davis Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (Columbia Legacy, 2015) With Eddie Harris Excursions (Atlantic, 1966–73) With Hampton Hawes Universe (Prestige, 1972) Blues for Walls (Prestige, 1973) With Harold Land Damisi (Mainstream, 1972) Choma (Burn) (Mainstream, 1972) With Azar Lawrence Bridge into the New Age (Prestige, 1974) With Julian Priester Love, Love (ECM, 1973) With Lalo Schifrin No One Home (Tabu, 1979) With Weather Report Tale Spinnin' (Columbia, 1975) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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