(b Asheville, N. Carolina, 1914; d NY, 1982). Amer. composer. Played in jazz bands from age 17. Winner of several prizes. Commissioned by Mitropoulos to compose work for NYPO, 1951. Prin. works incl. 6 syms.; pf. conc.; fl. conc.; Theme and Variations for orch.; ob. concertino; and many chamber works, some involving jazz groups.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.