During the month of May Just Jazz host Bob Bernotas will feature the music of his Artist of the Month, drummer Max Roach.Just Jazz with Bob Bernotas Presents the May Artist of the Month: Drummer Max Roach
A colleague of 1940s bebop pioneers Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk, Max Roach (1924-2007) virtually defined the art of modern jazz drumming. Through the decades Roach kept himself in the evolving vanguard of jazz, co-leading (with trumpeter Clifford Brown) one of the signature combos of 1950s hard bop, incorporating free jazz elements into his work during the 1960s, and founding the innovative percussion ensemble. M'Boom, in the 1970s. He also was an outspoken political activist, and frequently used his music to promote the cause of racial equality and the struggle for social justice.