Max Roach


Birthday January 10, 1924

Birth Sign Capricorn

Birthplace Newland, NC

DEATH DATE Aug 15, 2007 (83)

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Jazz and bebop drummer who performed with artists like Miles Davis and Duke Ellington.

Before Fame

He performed in local jazz clubs. When he was eighteen, he was given the opportunity to take Sonny Greer's place with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.


He recorded the album Money Jungle.

Family Life

Mildred Roach was his first wife, and they had two children together. He had a son named Raoul with Barbara Jai. He was previously married to Abbey Lincoln. He had twin daughters with his wife Janus Adams Roach.

Associated With

He also worked on music scores, writing music for multiple plays by Sam Shepard.