- Grew up in New Orleans and was very active in rebuilding the Ninth Ward following its destruction by Hurricane Katrina.
- Lived with Wynton and Branford Marsalis while attending the Juilliard School in New York.
- Wesley Snipes was the DJ for his 22nd birthday party.
- Successful actor since 1985, but his big break came when cast in The Wire as Det. William "Bunk" Moreland in 2002.
- Became the host of the nationally syndicated radio program Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2009.
- Learned to play the trombone for his role on Treme.
- Launched, with two business partners, the grocery-store chain Sterling Farms, which is designed to serve low-income areas of New Orleans.
- 2007, Tony — Play: Nominee
- 2013, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
- The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States (BFA in Drama, 1985)
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