Watch: Jazz drummer Max Roach remembers how he got his start in music

Max Roach was one of the first drummers to play in the bebop style, and performed in bands led by Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Coleman Hawkins, Bud Powell, and Miles Davis. Roach played on many of Parker’s most important records, including the Savoy November 1945 session, a turning point in recorded jazz. The drummer’s early brush work with Powell’s trio, especially at fast tempos, is just genius. Check out this interview from 1993 where Roach explains how he got his start in music.