|Birth: Eastman, GA, 7 July 1930
Professional Career: Paul Gayten's rhythm-and-blues band(1950), Max Roach Band(1951-53), Dizzy Gillespie Band(1954), Jazz Messengers(1954-56), Horace Silver's Quintet(1956-57), Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers(1959), Dizzy Reece's Band(1960) Miles Davis Band(1961-62), Hank Mobley Band(1956-70)
Selected Recordings: As leader: Mobley's Message(1956), Soul Station(1960), No Room For Squares(1963) As a sideman:A. Blakey: The Jazz Messengers at the Cafe Bohemia(1958),
Considered the "middleweight" champion of the tenor sax, his career began with Paul Gayton's rhythm-and-blues band in (1950). He then went on to perform with Max Roach (1951-3) and with Dizzy Gillespie in 1954. He co-founded the Jazz Messengers along with Horace Silver and Art Blakey in 1954 and remained with the group until 1956. During the 1960's, he was one of the most frequent artists on the Blue Note label. He also led his own groups which featured such artists as Wynton Kelly, Philly Joe Jones, Lee Morgan, and Billy Higgins. He toured Europe between 1968 to 1970, but was restricted from further playing due to ill health.