Today would have been pioneering percussionist, composer, band leader, drummer  and civil rights activist, Max Roach 89th birthday. Born on this day  in 1924 in North Carolina.  He worked with dozens of jazz legends, including Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Clifford Brown and many others.  He passed away (January 10, 1924 – August 16, 2007) in Manhattan. He survived by five children.



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