Max Roach

Birth Name:
Maxwell Lemuel Roach
Birth Date:
January 10, 1924
Birth Place:
Newland, North Carolina
Death Date:
August 16, 2007
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Cause of Death:
Complications related to Alzheimer's and dementia
Cemetery Name:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Max Roach, was an American jazz drummer, composer, and one of most influential musicians in the development of bebop jazz. One of the most influential and widely recorded percussionists in modern history, Max played or recorded with such giants as Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Abbey Lincoln, Dinah Washington, Charles Mingus, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, and Booker Little. During his lifetime he was awarded membership into the DownBeat Hall of Fame, the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame, National Institute of Arts and Letters and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1995. France named him a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, its highest cultural honor.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Woodlawn Cemetery

4199 Webster Avenue

The Bronx, New York, 10470


North America


Grave Location:

Hillcrest, Section 174

Grave Location Description

Make your way to Jazz Corner at the intersection of Fir Avenue, Heather Avenue and Knollwood Avenue. Here you will find the graves of Miles Davis and Duke Ellington. Facing the Miles Davis tomb, walk to the right up Fir Avenue approximately 100 feet and the final resting place of Max Roach is on the road on the right next to the pathway up the hill.

Grave Location GPS

40.8847658, -73.8724723



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