Max Roach

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There were the after-hour clubs as well as a certain nightlife in New York that was wide open. But as New York became more conscious of collecting taxes for this, that and whatever reason, these places couldn’t make it anymore

Max Roach, www.pointofdeparture.org, 8 December 1978

Maxwell Lemuel “Max” Roach (January 10, 1924 – August 16, 2007) was an American jazz percussionist, drummer, and composer. Roach moved with has family to New York as a four year old. A pioneer of bebop, Roach went on to work in many other styles of music, and is generally considered alongside the most important drummers in history. He worked with many famous jazz musicians, including Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Theolonius Monk, Charlie Mingus, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Eric Dolphy and Booker Littler. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1992.