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This Texan attended the school now known as the University of North Texas, which has been a great school for jazz musicians for decades. After graduation, he played with the Casa Loma Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Soft Winds Trio with pianist Lou Carter and bassist Johnny Frigo. In the 1950s, he appeared often with Oscar Peterson and with Jazz at the Philharmonic, and made some recordings of his own. Later, he worked as a studio musician in Los Angeles, and appeared with musicians ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to the Dukes of Dixieland. In the 70s, he was one of the first artists to record for Concord Jazz, and also toured with Barney Kessel and Charlie Byrd as part of the Great Guitars into the 1980s. Now in his 80s, he continues to record and perform, and is one of the most highly respected of jazz guitarists.