Jazz bassist. Collaborated with Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Duke Ellington. Along with Milt Jackson on vibes, drummer Kenny Clarke and John Lewis on piano, discovered a cool, comfortable chemistry, the signature of what became the Modern Jazz Quartet in 1952. Also enjoyed an 18-year association with the Oscar Peterson Trio. Is credited with discovering Canadian jazz singer Diana Krall in the early 1990s while seeing her perform in Nanaimmo, British Columbia, Canada. Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997.