Tributes To Max Roach: Poet Amiri Baraka Eulogizes Our Jazz Legend

From: Civil Rights in the Arena and on the Stage

Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement
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Max Roach.
We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite.
New York: Candid Records, 1960.
Record jacket.
Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division. (9-6)
Courtesy of Candid Production, LTD

Jazz performers responded to the force of the civil rights movement by recording and performing their music. The most ambitious response was the Freedom Now Suite of Max Roach, recorded in August and September 1960, and involving such major performers as Coleman Hawkins, Abbey Lincoln, and Nigerian drummer Olatunji. The Freedom Now Suite was issued on the small label Candid Records rather than on Max Roach’s regular label, Mercury…

From Democracy Now:

Max Roach 1924-2007: Thousands Pay Tribute to the Legendary Jazz Drummer, Educator, Activist

Over 2,000 people gathered at Riverside Church in New York on Friday for the funeral of the legendary drummer, educator and activist Max Roach, who died on August 16 at the age of 83. He was credited with helping to revolutionize the sound of modern jazz and for playing a prominent role in the struggle for black liberation at home and in Africa. We speak with two men who have known Roach for decades: Amiri Baraka and Phil Schaap.

“When Great Trees Fall, Rocks on Distant Hills Shudder” – Poet Maya Angelou Remembers Jazz Pioneer Max Roach

“[Max Roach] had the courage to love us,” poet Maya Angelou said at Max Roach’s funeral at Riverside Church. “I’m glad to say we had him. We are bigger and better and stronger, because Max Roach was my brother.”

“Max is the Highest, the Outtest, the Largest, the Greatest, the Fastest the Hippest” – Poet Amiri Baraka Eulogizes Jazz Legend Max Roach

Amiri Baraka – Max Roach’s biographer and acclaimed poet and playwright – delivered the eulogy at Roach’s funeral at Riverside Church. Baraka read the poem, “Digging Max,” that he wrote for Roach’s 75th birthday.

“I Became a Comedian Because of Max Roach” – Bill Cosby Remembers His Favorite Jazz Drummer

Comedian Bill Cosby paid tribute to Max Roach at his funeral on Friday. “Why I became a comedian is because of Max Roach,” Cosby said. “I wanted to be a drummer.”

“I Have Seen Him at Work Moving in the Bloodstream of his People” – Poet Sonia Sanchez Remembers Max Roach

Poet and activist Sonia Sanchez, a leading figure in the Black Arts movement, paid tribute to Max Roach at his funeral in Riverside Church on Friday.


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