Percussion virtuoso Max Roach would have left an indelible mark on music history solely for revolutionizing the role of the drum kit in small group jazz. A Renaissance man active from the 1940’s bebop era through the turn of the century, Roach continued to shape what he called “black American music” through the synergy of his technical skill, his ear for budding talent, and an expansive view of the power of music in collaboration with other arts. Additionally, he possessed an unswerving commitment to social progress and the struggle against racism. Max Roach was truly one of a kind.
Maxwell Lemuel Roach was born in Newland, North Carolina on January 10, 1924. When he was four years old, his family moved to the... Read More