Drummer Mickey Roker is a mainstay and icon of the jazz world, having a played with Dizzy Gillespie
, the Modern Jazz Quartet
, Lee Morgan
, and many of the other signature groups of modern jazz.
Yet he has always maintained his Philadelphia roots, and is and has been a regular at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus in that city for many years. Still active as a drummer and a mentor, he has witnessed and been part of the jazz world in action for over six decades. An interview with him is like getting an insider's taste of jazz as it has evolved over time, and what it's like to be a musician in that milieu.
AAJ Contributor Victor L. Schermer spoke with Roker about his long history, the Philly scene and much more.
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