Heading out to buy the Sunday paper, I noted that several blocks of Broadway were cordoned off to car traffic for a street festival. On my block I was amazed to find drummer Max Roach performing with a group up on a bandstand. It was a hot, sunny afternoon, and the band was playing under a light tarp. He looked relaxed and cool, wearing a tan suit; his sharp eyes behind the ever-present glasses. During a seven decade career, Roach led bands on more that 40 records. His backing of Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Bud Powell and Sonny Rollins began a revolution in jazz percussion.