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Charles Tolliver celebrates Max Roach @ 100

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival

Charles Tolliver looks to camera, sitting on stairs

Photo by Jimmy Katz

Celebrating the legendary drummer Max Roach, Charles Tolliver brings to the stage special guests and an orchestra assembled by Toni Kofi in this new spectacular show. 

Max Roach unarguably sits at the throne of drum percussionists. A quintessential member of the artform ushered in by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, and Kenny Clark, his inimitable style and innovations paved the way for generations of drummers well into the future. 

Self-taught trumpet wizard & virtuoso composer and, arranger, Charles Tolliver has kept the faith with his artform’s African American rhythms, acclaimed group recordings and performances. 

Having joined Roach's group in 1967 they formed a lifelong musical and personal relationship. In 1971 Max asked Charles to create a drum suite adaptation of an old Negro spiritual 'Singin’Wid a Sword In My Hand' from the James Weldon Johnson book of Negro Spirituals. It premiered at the Montreux Jazz Festival that year, featuring Max, Charles, and Stanley Cowell.

The end time for this event will be added closer to the performance date

Produced by the Barbican 

Part of EFG London Jazz Fest 

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