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Reportage From Max Roach’s Funeral

JazzTimes received the following report on Max Roach’s Aug. 24 funeral through an electronic mailing list. The author is Tom Reney, host of the Jazz à la Mode program on 88.5 WFCR in Amherst, MA.

I attended Max Roach’s funeral today at The Riverside Church in New York City. It was scheduled from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and it more than honored Max’s flawless sense of time as it began precisely at 11, and notwithstanding numerous tributes and musical interludes, it ended at 1:10. The church was filled to capacity with over 2,000 in attendance and an overflow crowd outside on Riverside Drive.

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