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Jackie McLean - 100% match to Max Roach

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Lenwood McLean, 17 May 1932, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 March 2006, Hartford, Connecticut, USA (some sources cite 1931 as his year of birth). Coming as he did from a musical background (McLean’s father played guitar with the Tiny Bradshaw band), Jackie was encouraged by family friends who included Bud Powell. It was through Powell that alto saxophonist McL Read more

Eric Dolphy - 99% match to Max Roach

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 June 1928, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 29 June 1964, Berlin, Germany. A fluent performer on several reed instruments, Dolphy began to play clarinet while still at school. On the west coast of America in the second half of the 40s he worked with Roy Porter’s band, before spending a couple of years in the US army. After his discharge, he played with several leadin Read more

Cecil Taylor - 89% match to Max Roach

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 March 1929, New York City, New York, USA. A towering figure in post-war avant garde jazz, Taylor has been hailed as the greatest piano virtuoso of the twentieth century because of the phenomenal power, speed and intensity of his playing. ‘We in black music think of the piano as a percussive instrument, ’ he told writer John Litweiler, ‘we beat the keyboard, Read more

Andrew Hill - 83% match to Max Roach

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 June 1931, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 20 April 2007, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. Port Au Prince, Haiti, is usually given as Hill’s birthplace, but he actually hailed from Chicago. He studied composition privately with Paul Hindemith and Bill Russo, and played accordion and tap-danced on the streets where Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines heard him. In his teens he was i Read more

Booker Ervin - 83% match to Max Roach

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 October 1930, Denison, Texas, USA, d. 31 August 1970, New York City, New York, USA. As a child, Ervin played trombone but switched to tenor saxophone in the early 50s during his military service. (He led his own small group when he was stationed on Okinawa.) After returning to civilian life, Ervin studied at Berklee College Of Music under Joe Viola, then worked with Ernie Read more

Johnny Griffin - 82% match to Max Roach

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kenny Dorham - 82% match to Max Roach

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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McKinley Howard Dorham, 30 August 1924, Fairfield, Texas, USA, d. 5 December 1972, New York City, New York, USA. After learning to play trumpet while at high school, Dorham played in several late 40s big bands, including Lionel Hampton’s and, more significantly given his musical leanings, the bop-orientated outfits of Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine. He was originall Read more

Sam Rivers - 82% match to Max Roach

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 September 1930, El Reno, Oklahoma, USA. Alto, soprano and tenor saxophone, flute and piano player and composer. After extensive studies, Rivers began playing in and around Boston, Massachusetts, in the late 40s. (His first professional engagement had been with Jimmy Witherspoon during his military service.) During the next few years he played mostly in the Boston area wit Read more

Archie Shepp - 81% match to Max Roach

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 May 1937, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Shepp was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While studying dramatic literature at college he began playing on various instruments including the alto saxophone. His first professional engagement was on clarinet and he later played tenor saxophone with R&B bands. Settling in New York he tried to find work as an actor but was Read more

Booker Little - 80% match to Max Roach

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 April 1938, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 5 October 1961, New York City, New York, USA. One of the most promising of all trumpeters in the second bebop wave of the 50s, Booker Little was equipped with a superb technique, crystal clarity of intonation and rhythmic originality. His imagination extended beyond the strict harmonic disciplines of bop however, and hinted at the vi Read more

Joe Henderson - 79% match to Max Roach

Genres: Jazz Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Woody Shaw - 77% match to Max Roach

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Herman Shaw II, 24 December 1944, Laurinburg, North Carolina, USA, d. 11 May 1989, New York City, New York, USA. Shaw was raised in Newark, New Jersey, where his father sang in a gospel group. Taking up the trumpet at the age of 11, he quickly attained a level of proficiency that allowed him to sit in with visiting jazzmen. He left school when he was 16 years old to work in Read more

Grachan Moncur III - 71% match to Max Roach

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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3 June 1937, New York City, New York, USA. An early starter (his father played bass with Al Cooper’s Savoy Sultans), Moncur had already mastered several other instruments when, at the age of 11, he turned to the trombone. In his teens, Moncur worked with local bands and also studied music. In the early 60s he was with Ray Charles, and was a member of the Art Farmer-Benn Read more

Sonny Clark - 71% match to Max Roach

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Conrad Yeatis Clark, 21 July 1931, Herminie, near Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 13 January 1963, New York City, New York, USA. An underrated piano genius of the hard-bop era, Clark cast a glorious ray of sunshine over some of the Blue Note Records label’s most memorable sessions. Art Tatum, one of his childhood heroes, and Count Basie, whose big band radio broadcasts Read more

Sonny Rollins - 71% match to Max Roach

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Theodore Walter Rollins, 7 September 1929, New York City, New York, USA. Although an older brother played violin and, at the age of nine, he took piano lessons, Rollins was destined for the saxophone. In 1944 he played alto saxophone in high school and when he left in 1947 he began gigging round New York on tenor. His first inspiration was Coleman Hawkins, but he was well aw Read more


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