And even better, he was an arranger for Count Basie. I had the chance to see the orchestra in the 1970's with Basie in a wheelchair. I sure he wasn't with Basie but he must have been a great arranger to wotk with such a fantastic Jazz Orchestra.
Caught the pilot on Hulu and I liked it. I've been meaning to watch the second episode at some point. My only concern is that the whole cut-away-to-a-celebrity-lying bit was starting to get old in the pilot.