Max Roach, Famed Jazz Drummer Dead at 83

Published: 2007-08-17
North Carolina born and Brooklyn raised famed jazz drummer Max Roach died yesterday at age 83. He got his first musical break at age 16 when he filled in for Duke Ellington's drummer who had fallen ill for three nights.

Throughout his career he would perform with such jazz greats as Charlie Parker, the forementioned Duke Ellington, and even join Dizzy Gillespie during the bebop movement where in 1944 Roach joined Gillespie and Coleman Hawkins in one of the first bebop recording sessions.

Roach's uniqueness as a drummer was noted by his swift movements and ability to maintain several rhythms at a time by layering different beats. He is survived by five children: sons Daryl and Raoul, and daughters Maxine, Ayl and Dara.

Writer: Soul Shine Staff



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