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Max Roach

Maxwell Lemuel "Max" Roach is one of the greatest jazz drummers of all time and helped usher in the bebop movement. In 1940, a 16-year-old Max rocked out with Duke Ellington's orchestra and would eventually play alongside fellow jazz legends like Benny Carter, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.

Roach was also vocal and used his music as a platform to address civil rights and racial equality, and supplied the drum backdrop for Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech "Cashing a Canceled Check," popularly known as "I Have a Dream."

He was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1982 and received a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant in 1988, the first awarded to a jazz musician.

(Photo: William Gottlieb/Redferns)

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