Roach, Max, 1924-2007

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Max Roach (January 10, 1924 – August 16, 2007) was an American jazz drummer and composer. A pioneer of bebop, he worked in many other styles of music, and is generally considered one of the most important drummers in history. He worked with many famous jazz musicians, including Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Abbey Lincoln, Dinah Washington, Charles Mingus, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, and Booker Little. He was inducted into the DownBeat Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1992.

Roach also co-led a pioneering quintet along with trumpeter Clifford Brown and the percussion ensemble M'Boom. He made numerous musical statements relating to the civil rights movement.

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referencedIn Ethel Burns papers, 1954-1975, 1954-1970 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn Duke Ellington recordings collection Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
referencedIn James E. Hinton Collection, 1968-1992 : Finding Aid Harvard Film Archive, Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Fisk University. Institute for Research in Black American Music. Fisk University Institute for Research in Black American Music collection, 1920-1985. John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library. Special Collections & Archives
creatorOf Lassiter, Ryan. Junior recital [sound recording] : University of Central Oklahoma/School of Music, Choir Room, Friday, March 30, 2007, 7:30 PM / Ryan Lassiter, percussion. University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library
referencedIn Milnes, Harriett. Duke Ellington oral history, 1939-1987 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Neat Stuff Collectables. Jazz Playbill Collection, 1923-1952. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives
referencedIn Bobby Davis Photograph Collection PH 065., 1980-1983 Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries
referencedIn Burns, Ethel. Ethel Burns papers, 1954-1975 (bulk 1954-1970). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Neal, Larry, 1937-1981. Larry Neal papers, 1961-1985. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf MS Mus. 1031. Charlie Parker Papers: Vol. ii. Lots 20-49. Personal letters and fan letters received by Charlie Parker, money orders and telegrams sent by Charlie Parker, personal letters received by Chan Parker; 1950-1982.ff. 138. 299 x, 1950-1982 British Library
referencedIn Charles Mingus Collection, 1939-1979 Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Tribby, Colin. Performance hour [sound recording]. University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
creatorOf Gryce, Gigi. Lead sheets : unpublished copyright deposits, 1961 / [compiled by Gigi Gryce]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Atkins, Irene Kahn, 1922-. Major figures in American music [M-R] : [oral history]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Larry Neal papers, 1961-1985 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Mingus, Charles, 1922-1979. Charles Mingus collection, 1939-1979. Library of Congress
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associatedWith Burns, Ethel. person
associatedWith Davis, Bobby person
associatedWith Dodge, Joseph Jeffers person
associatedWith Dodge, Joseph Jeffers person
correspondedWith Fisk University. Institute for Research in Black American Music. corporateBody
associatedWith Lassiter, Ryan. person
associatedWith Mingus, Charles, 1922-1979. person
associatedWith Neal, Larry, 1937-1981. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York NY US
Newland NC US
Jazz Musician


Birth 1924-01-10

Death 2007-08-16




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