National Obituary Review

Dead Person of the Day – August 16 – Max Roach

0 Comments 16 August 2012


As seen through the spectrum of music(and most certainly beyond in my opinion) Max Roach was a righteous dude.

In the 1950s and 60s revolution in jazz music in America Roach set the standard for percussion. And one could argue he was a beacon in the world of socially conscious musicians.

Roach was a foundational part of Charlie Parker’s sound of the 1940s. He also participated in Miles Davis’ “Birth of Cool” sessions in 1949-50.

In 1972, he became one of the first jazz musicians to teach full time at the college level when he was hired as a professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. And in 1988, he became the first jazz musician to receive a so-called genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

Please….I encourage you to pursue Max Roach’s work. You’ll feel satiated and full of vigor

Max Roach, a Founder of Modern Jazz, Dies at 83

Published: August 16, 2007

Max Roach, a founder of modern jazz who rewrote the rules of drumming in the 1940’s and spent the rest of his career breaking musical barriers and defying listeners’ expectations, died early today in Manhattan. He was 83. Continue

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