1961 – He was born on the 18th day of October this year New Orleans, Louisiana.
1978 - He moved to New York City to attend the Juilliard School of Music. He began to pick up gigs around town. His talent garnered much attention.
1980 - He joined the Jazz Messengers to study under master drummer and bandleader, Art Blakey.
1990 - He also provided the score for the film Tune in Tomorrow, in which he also makes a cameo appearance as a New Orleans trumpeter with his band.
1997 - He became the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize in music, for his epic oratorio, Blood on the Fields, on the subject of slavery.
2006 - He endorsed Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu over Mayor Ray Nagin.
2007 – He was scheduled to run a Jazz workshop at Spring brook High School in Sliver Spring, Maryland.
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