Feature Film Program

Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes

Explore the life and music of the legendary drummer, composer, bandleader, and social activist through a remarkable series of creative peaks, struggles, and personal reinventions.

Sat Jun 17 7:30 PM

The Film

Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes

Sam Pollard & Ben Shapiro | US | 82

Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes is the story of a musician whose far-reaching ambitions were inspired and challenged by the inequities of the society around him. His stunningly diverse seven-decade career marked him as one of the great musical artists of the 20th century—and a pioneering cultural activist—at times when the nation was steeped in racism. The film follows Roach across a rich and complicated life, days of now-legendary achievement and also deep personal struggle, and the price he paid for his outspoken views. His was an epic musical journey: from the revolutionary Jazz of the 1940s to the Civil Rights years; through experiments in hip hop, multi-media works, and beyond.


Luther S. Allison Trio

Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina Luther S. Allison is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in both piano and drum set. As a sideman, he has performed on both piano and drums alongside Rodney Whitaker, Michael Dease, Etienne Charles, Greg Tardy, and is currently the pianist with Ulysses Owens Jr.’s Generation Y Quintet. In addition to being featured on several albums for Posi-Tone Records, he has also worked internationally as a clinician and performer in Mexico, China, Japan, St. Lucia, and Trinidad & Tobago. Allison is currently on faculty in the Jazz department at The Calhoun School in New York, NY and the Brevard Jazz Institute summer camp in Brevard, NC.

This special musical presentation was curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Event Details

7:30 PM
Doors Open
8:15 PM
Live Music from the Luther S. Allison Trio, presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center
9:00 PM
Film Begins
10:30 PM
Q&A with filmmakers Sam Pollard & Ben Shapiro and family of Max Roach
Presented in Partnership with Council Member Chi Ossé.


Herbert Von King Park

670 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

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The show presented in partnership with