Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis 

Max Roach Centennial Celebration
Symphony Hall

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra pay tribute to one of the greats when they celebrate the centennial of drummer Max Roach. Roach, a pioneering legend and innovative master musician and bandleader, spanned a diverse range of styles and influenced generations to follow with his artistry and his commitment to activism. 

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Revered as one of the greatest jazz drummers of all time, Max Roach was among the first to use the music to address racial, political and social issues of his time. The JLCO celebrates the centennial of this pioneering legend, innovative master musician and bandleader who spanned a diverse range of styles that influenced generations to follow. In 1961, after having been an influential member of the Charlie Parker-Dizzy Gillespie Quintet pioneering bebop, and performing alongside Miles Davis’ seminal “Birth of the Cool” and forming the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet, he went on to make albums with his wife, the trailblazing singer and songwriter Abbey Lincoln, going on to say in 1961 to Downbeat Magazine that he would “never again play anything” that did not “have social significance.”

“Only a group of musicians who have toured together for so long—with several original members still on the bandstand— could have attained this kind of synchronicity in intricate passagework. ”

Chicago Tribune

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This performance is generously supported by
Jill & David Altshuler and Leslie & Howard Appleby.

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