Mickey Roker

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Roker in the 1980s

Granville William "Mickey" Roker (September 3, 1932 – May 22, 2017) was an American jazz drummer. He was born in Miami, Florida. In 1992, he replaced Connie Kay in the Modern Jazz Quartet.[1] He played with Jimmy Oliver, Jimmy Heath, Jimmy Divine, King James and Sam Reed before moving to New York in 1959.

Roker died on May 22, 2017 from lung cancer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the age of 84.[2]

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  1. Feather, Leonard and Gitler, Ira (1999) The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, p. 356. Oxford University Press at Google Books. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  2. Chinen, Nate (May 22, 2017). "Mickey Roker, Dynamic Hard-Bop Drummer and Philly Jazz Institution, Dies at 84". WGBO. Retrieved May 23, 2017.

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