• Great Live Moments - Max Roach

    April 24, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Max Roach

    Max Roach christened WBGO's music studio. Thanks to our den mother, Dorthaan Kirk, Max came to our performance space in 1987 with two different ensembles. It was a Sunday afternoon, and Max wore a grey silk suit. Those performances with then-WBGO host James Browne marked the beginning of many ambitions for a fledgling jazz station. Now, we have music performances all the time (seven bands booked in this month alone). But the first session with Max Roach is one that many at WBGO will never forget.

    Listen to "Lonesome Lover," from the WBGO Archives.

    If you're feeling ambitious, check out the JazzSet Max Roach Memorial. It includes more music from this WBGO studio session.
    And it you're even more ambitious, and you love to pay nothing for a show (like most jazz people I know), head to Brooklyn for a three-day tribute to Max Roach.
    Fri 4/25 - Max Roach Tribute - music by Randy Weston African Rhythms & an ensemble featuring Lewis Nash, Concord Baptist Church of Christ, 833 Gardner C. Taylor Blvd, 718.756.9407,12-5PM
    Sat 4/26 - Max Roach Tribute - music by M' Boom, Jeff King Band & Cecil Bridgewater, Boys n Girls High School, 1700 Fulton St.,718.756.9407, 3-8PM
    Sun 4/27- Max Roach Tribute- panel discussion moderated by Gil Noble, interview with T.S. Monk, jazz celebrity jam session, Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Ave, 718.756.9407, 3-7PM
    -Josh

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