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Drummer Mickey Roker Dies at 84

Tireless performer worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Ella Fitzgerald, Milt Jackson and many others

"Dizzy Gillespie's Big 4" (Joe Pass, Ray Brown, Mickey Roker, Dizzy Gillespie)
“Dizzy Gillespie’s Big 4” (Joe Pass, Ray Brown, Mickey Roker, Dizzy Gillespie)

Granville William “Mickey” Roker, a bop-influenced drummer with an unerring sense of time who played and recorded with jazz luminaries including Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Art Farmer, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Stanley Turrentine and many others, died on Monday, May 22 according to WBGO. He was 84.

Roker was an active freelance and session player for over 50 years, and was best known for his long association with Gillespie starting in the early 1970s.

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