Max Roach Birthday Broadcast

Thursday, January 10, 2019 (All day)

Tune in on Thursday, January 10th as we honor legendary drummer Max Roach with 24 hours of programming in celebration of what would have been his 94th birthday. Arguably one of the most important bop drummers in history, Max Roach worked with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, and Thelonious Monk and made an indelible impact on jazz drumming and bebop as a whole. Born in 1924 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, Roach moved with his family to Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York when he was four years old. Born into a musical family, Max Roach began playing music at an early age and was already drumming for gospel bands by the age of ten. Throughout his career, Roach played with a wide variety of ensembles and also led his own groups, including a quintet co-led with trumpeter Clifford Brown and the percussion ensemble M’Boom. Max Roach died in Manhattan on August 16, 2007 and he left behind a legacy of musical innovation and achievement and an undeniable mark on the world of jazz. Join us on Thursday, January 10th as as we honor the birthday of a true giant of bebop, Max Roach!