Currently alive, at 86 years of age.
1930 – Born on the 3rd of July in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1948 – He (who is heavily influenced by Benny Goodman and Irving Fazola) was a member of the Junior Dixieland Band.
1950-1954 – Together with Phil Zito and an important association with the Basin Street Six, with whom the clarinetist made his first recordings.
1955 – He was a member of the Dukes of Dixieland.
1957 – His big breakthrough came when he was featured playing a featured Dixieland number or two on each episode of The Lawrence Welk Show during.
1959 – He returned to New Orleans, played with The Dukes of Dixieland, then began leading bands under his own name, owning his own club in the French Quarter close around his other friends, such as Al Hirt.
1959-1965 – His finest recordings were a lengthy string for Coral (they turned commercial for a period after that).
2003 – Retired from the nightclub business.
2007 – Starts playing again after brief retirment, in the state of MS, at Bay St.Louis MS Casino, 2 nights