- Born in Wichita, grew up in Colorado and California
- Learned piano at an early age and toured with bands as a teenager
- Formed his first orchestra in 1941
- Developed a progressive jazz style known as the wall of sound
- His orchestra was usually 19-piece, he also experimented with a 39-piece group
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