(b Woodville, Miss., 1895; d Los Angeles, 1978).
Amer. composer and conductor. Played vn., vc., and ob. in orchs. and worked in 1920s as orchestrator for Paul Whiteman's band and for Broadway musicals and radio shows. Worked for CBS from 1935. Works incl. 9 operas, 4 ballets, 5 syms., first being Afro‐American Symphony (1930), Pages from Negro History for orch. (1943), chamber mus.