|Birth Day||July 29, 1900|
|Birth Place||West Virginia|
|Age||119 YEARS OLD|
Inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2009, known for his performances, leadership, and compositions. He formed his own orchestra in 1931.
He attended the Boston Conservatory and Storer's College before joining the
He was a prolific composer who helped pioneer big band swing music.
He was born and raised in Piedmont, West Virginia.
He wrote and arranged many hit songs for Count Basie.