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Roach, Max

(Maxwell Lemuel Roach), 1924–2007, African-American jazz drummer, b. Newland, N.C. Raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was playing jazz in Harlem clubs by 1943. Roach had an important role in the genesis of bop (see jazzjazz,
the most significant form of musical expression of African-American culture and arguably the most outstanding contribution the United States has made to the art of music. Origins of Jazz

Jazz developed in the latter part of the 19th cent.
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), providing jagged, layered rhythms to groups led by Dizzy GillespieGillespie, Dizzy
(John Birks Gillespie) , 1917–93, American jazz musician and composer, b. Cheraw, S.C. He began to play the trumpet at 15 and later studied harmony and theory at Laurinburg Institute, N.C. He played with the bands of Cab Calloway and Billy Eckstine.
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 (1944) and Charlie ParkerParker, Charlie "Bird"
(Charles Christopher Parker, Jr.), 1920–55, American musician and composer, b. Kansas City, Kans. He began playing alto saxophone in 1933 and, shifting from one band to another, eventually met Dizzy Gillespie in New York City.
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 (1945–53), and elevating drums to the status of solo instruments. An innovative virtuoso who mingled power with subtlety, Roach became (1954) co-leader with trumpeter Clifford Brown of a hard-bop jazz quintet that also included Sonny RollinsRollins, Sonny
(Theodore Walter Rollins), 1930–, African-American tenor saxophonist and composer, b. New York City. A master of jazz improvisation, Rollins is known for his rich tone, emotional depth, and inventive use of melody, harmony, and rhythm.
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. After Brown's death (1956), Roach led a variety of jazz small groups, and in the early 1960s he was an early public jazz champion of racial equality, particularly in his We Insist! Freedom Now Suite (1960). He founded M'Boom, an all-percussion group, in the 1970s and the Max Roach Double Quartet, in which strings played an important part, in the 80s, and later led the So What Brass Quintet. Roach also composed music for the theater and for dances by Alvin AileyAiley, Alvin, Jr.
, 1931–89, American modern dancer and choreographer, b. Rogers, Tex. Ailey studied in Los Angeles with Lester Horton, whose strong, dramatic style and views about multiracial casting influenced his choreography and artistic direction.
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Roach, (Maxwell) Max

(1924–  ) jazz musician; born in New Land, N.C. The premier modern jazz drummer, he was raised in Brooklyn, attended the Manhattan School of Music, and recorded with Coleman Hawkins in 1943. Over the next four years, he was a sideman with Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, and Hawkins. He joined Charlie Parker's trailblazing quintet from 1947–49, then free-lanced as a session player and with Jazz at the Philharmonic and the Lighthouse All-Stars until 1954. Between 1954–56, he and Clifford Brown coled one of the most highly regarded groups in modern jazz. After Brown's death, Roach maintained a succession of groups while pursuing a wide range of activities as a composer and educator, particularly as a professor of music at the University of Massachusetts (1972).
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Randy Weston joins jazz greats, Lena Horne, Herbie Mann, Max Roach, and others in the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame.
Adorning the walls of the hallways are vintage black-and-white photos of jazz legends, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Max Roach, Sarah Vaughan, as well as concert posters, like one that starred Billie Holiday.
This coincided with a golden era of jazz music and the young Masekela immersed himself in the New York jazz scene where nightly he watched greats like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Mingus and Max Roach. Under the tutelage of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, Hugh was encouraged to develop his own unique style, feeding off African rather than American influences--his debut album, released in 1963, was entitled Trumpet Africaine.
He picked up tips from a local highlife drummer, and immersed himself in the recordings of US jazz artists such as Art Blakey and Max Roach, both drummers and bandleaders.
Among the personalities who flicker through this memoir (and often through Floyd's apartment) are Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, Richie Havens, Paule Marshall, Hugh Masekela, Toni Morrison and Max Roach. Because Harris is Harris, many of her memories are filtered through her recollections of recipes and meals.
He has worked with numerous musical and literary luminaries including Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Melba Liston, Max Roach, Nina Simone, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Langston Hughes, and Jayne Cortez, and continues to tour, perform, and record into his nineties.
A pianist of powerful intensity and originality, Weston emerged from a thriving musical scene in 1950s Brooklyn, which included Max Roach, George Russell, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, and Miles Davis.
Gottlieb and the papers of Max Roach, Chet Baker, and Shirley Horn.
Within four years after the release of "That's Him!," with the Civil Rights movement already underway, Lincoln - born Anna Marie Wooldridge in Chicago in 1930 - had married drummer and bebop pioneer Max Roach.
The band was what we can (blasphemously) borrow from rock's lexicon to describe as a 'supergroup': Parker on saxophone; Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet; Charles Mingus on bass; Bud Powell on piano; and Max Roach on drums.
jazz vocal stars, who has worked with the great instrumentalists, including Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Max Roach
He also became a record producer, going into the studio with such musicians as Cecil Taylor, Coleman Hawkins, and Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln.