Max Roach in 1947.
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January 10, 2012 The late jazz pioneer's mission was to make drumming a more musical, lyrical experience.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sees off a group of Freedom Riders as they board a bus for Jackson, Miss., on May 24, 1961.
May 4, 2011 The dream of social justice resulted in one of the most creative periods in jazz history. Hear some of the musicians who wielded their instruments in the pursuit of social harmony and change.
Duke Ellington, Max Roach and Charles Mingus on the cover of Money Jungle.
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September 2, 2008 The change of season offers a chance to look ahead to fall and look back at summer simultaneously. For many, it's an especially productive month: In the world of jazz, September sessions have produced some special recordings.
March 25, 2008 Springtime brings warming temperatures, a spirit of renewal, and a bunch of jazz tunes with the season in mind. Listen to these songs as you gaze out your window at the last bit of snow, walk around a park, or leaf through a gardening catalog.
February 22, 2008 Drummer Max Roach was one of jazz's legendary drummers — an innovator and co-creator of what became known as bebop. In this Piano Jazz program from 1998, Roach relates a few musical memories of performing with such greats as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and Dizzy Gillespie.
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November 15, 2007 On May 24, 1987, Max Roach performed solo and with two groups in the performance studio of WBGO. Wearing a silk suit with rolled-up sleeves, he wowed the listening audience with his precise and melodic drumming. Hear the late, great drummer perform on JazzSet.
August 17, 2007 Legendary jazz percussionist Max Roach is dead at 83. Having been associated with greats such as Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie, the self-taught musician wowed audiences throughout the world.
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Max Roach, ca. Oct. 1947.
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August 16, 2007 Drummer Max Roach died August 16th, 2007 at the age of 83. A primary architect of the bebop revolution, Roach was one of the most innovative and influential musicians in jazz. This 75th birthday tribute originally aired in 2001.
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November 27, 2002 Music Critic Michelle Mercer reviews the re-issue of Money Jungle, the 1962 recording featuring Duke Ellington, bass player Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach. On the album, these legendary players push and challenge each other and create a truly beautiful recording. It's on Blue Note Records. See http://www.bluenote.com (4:45)
August 1, 2001 The 1953 album Jazz at Massey Hall contains the only jazz composition sung by a United States president while in office. The song is "Salt Peanuts," performed by Jimmy Carter at the White House Jazz Festival. Jazz at Massey Hall also documents one of the rare moments when Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Max Roach, and The Quintet recorded together.
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August 1, 2001 Max Roach was one of the founders of the jazz "be-bop" style. He also revolutionized jazz drumming by shifting the focus of the beat from the bass drum to the ride cymbal. In 1954, he formed a quintet in Los Angeles with trumpeter Clifford Brown, resulting in several classic recordings.
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August 1, 2001 Pianist Hazel Scott was one of the few artists who successfully integrated jazz and classical music. For 1955's Relaxed Piano Sounds, Scott teamed with the two men who owned Debut Records — drummer Max Roach and bassist Charles Mingus — for one of the best piano trios ever recorded.
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