Thursday, August 16, 2007

Jazz drummer Max Roach dies at 83

Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Thu, Aug 16, 2007 at 3:29 PM

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Sad news: veteran jazz musician Max Roach — a drumming legend and an integral player in the N.Y.C. be-bop scene of the 1940s and ’50s — passed away on Thurs. Aug. 16 in Manhattan. Through the years, he collaborated with Duke Ellington’s orchestra, saxophonist Charlie Parker, and trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Clifford Brown. He led “double quartets” and all-percussion ensembles. Since the early ’70s, he concentrated mostly on teaching, working at University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at schools in the N.Y. area. Roach had been known to be ill for several years. He was 83.


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