Max Roach Memorial

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A public viewing will be held at Riverside Church for jazz great Max Roach, who died of complications of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease at 12:45 a.m. Thursday in New York at the age of 83.

His daughters Maxine and Dara were at his bedside, says family spokesperson, Terrie M. Williams. 

Roach’s public viewing will be held on Friday, August 24 at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, in Manhattan from 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. with a funeral service from 11:00 A.M. to 1 P.M.  The legendary drummer will be buried in a private ceremony at  Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.

Born on January 10, 1924 in Newland, North Carolina – which he always referred to as “the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina” – Roach is survived by his five children Daryl Roach, Maxine Roach, Raoul Roach, Ayo Roach and Dara Roach.

“We are deeply saddened by his passing, yet heartened and thankful for the many blessings and condolences we have received during as we grieve. As a musician, educator and social activist, are fortunate to share his life and his legacy with the world,” says the family, in a statement.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Alzheimer's Association,  225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633,

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