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Born On This Day in 1924: Legendary Jazz Drummer Max Roach

Max Roach Birthday

Pioneering percussionist, composer, band leader, and drummer Max Roach was born Maxwell Lemuel “Max” Roach in North Carolina to parents Alphonse and Cressie, and worked with dozens of musical greats, including Miles Davis, Charles MingusThelonious Monk, and Dizzy Gillespie

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GBN Quote Of The Day

“One of the guiding philosophies of music is to find your own voice.”

— Thelonious Monk, jazz pianist, “‘Round Midnight” composer, known as the “Founding Father of Modern Jazz”

Drummer Jamison Ross Wins 25th Annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition

Jamison Ross drums his way to victory in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. (Evelyn Hockstein for The New York Times)

WASHINGTON — Jamison Ross sauntered onstage at the National Museum of Natural History here on Saturday with the solicitous gleam of a casino floor manager, his bulky frame encased in a suit and his face bearing a wide-open smile. Graciously, he initiated a round of applause for his fellow hopefuls in the 25th-annualThelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and another for the event’s unflappable house band. Then he sat down, picked up a pair of brushes and counted off “Bye Bye Blues,” an uncomplicated song recorded by dozens of American entertainers from the 1930s on. Continue reading “Drummer Jamison Ross Wins 25th Annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition”