Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940
Concert Line: (202) 707-5502

October 20, 1995

Jazz Legend Max Roach Speaks at Library of Congress

The Library of Congress continues its free jazz film and lecture series on Nov. 14 when drummer and composer Max Roach comes to the Library to discuss his life, work, and his music on film. Mr. Roach is one of the creators of modern jazz drumming. His work in the 1940s with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, among others, led to the development of be-bop, and his 1950s group with Clifford Brown epitomized the style known as hard-bop. Mr. Roach's social activism, his teaching position at the University of Massachusetts, and the contemporary performances of both his percussion ensemble M'Boom and his double quartet attest to the continuing significance of his contributions to modern jazz.

This special evening with Max Roach begins at 6:30 p.m. with two 1982 programs, directed by Steve Apicella and Kenny Klompus and produced by Mr. Roach -- "Max Roach In Concert" and "Max RoachoIn Session." Both videos will be shown in the Library's Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E.

Following the showing of the videos, patrons are invited to join Mr. Roach at 8 p.m. in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the Madison Building, where he will discuss his music on film.

The showing of the films and Mr. Roach's lecture are both free and open to the public. Seating in the Mary Pickford Room is extremely limited, however, and reservations for the films are required. Reservations for "Max Roach In Concert" and "Max Roach- In Session" may be made beginning Nov. 7 by calling (202) 707-5677 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Reserved seats must be claimed at least ten minutes before showtime, after which standby patrons will be admitted. No reservations are necessary for Mr. Roach's lecture in the Mumford Room.

Free copies of the Library of Congress jazz film series brochure, detailing films in this series, can be ordered by calling the Music Division's concert line at (202) 707-5502 and leaving your name and address.

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PR 95-143
ISSN 0731-3527

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