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Jazz Drummer Roy Brooks Dies at 67

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By Ben Mattison
17 Nov 2005


Jazz drummer Roy Brooks, who performed with many of the leading figures of the hard bop movement, died on November 15 in his hometown of Detroit, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Brooks joined pianist Horace Silver's quintet in 1959, replacing his friend Louis Hayes. He remained with the group for five years; later, he played with saxophonist Sonny Stitt, saxophonist Dexter Gordon, and bassist Charles Mingus. He was a founding member of drummer Max Roach's ensemble M'Boom.

In 1976, Brooks returned to Detroit, where he taught and played with local musicians including pianist Geri Allen.  ... [MORE]



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