was a hot jazz pianist in the 1950s. He played for such notables as Mel Tormé
and Woody Herman
. His career was seemingly on the fast track until 1960 when a case of severe tendinitis put the brakes on it. In the mid-'90s he underwent several surgeries and physical therapy to be able to play once again. The result was his first solo album, Always With Me
. It was released in 1995.