A jazzy crowd gathered at Coppin State College to meet and greet the legendary drummer Max Roach at a VIP reception at this year's Intergenerational Jazz Lovefest. The reception and a separate concert featuring the master percussionist were co-sponsored by the Coppin/Peabody Jazz Society and the Eubie Blake Jazz Institute.
The evening's attendants included Camay Murphy, Jazz Lovefest chair and also chair of the Eubie Blake Jazz Museum, and her husband, John Murphy, former publisher of the Afro-American; honorary Jazz Lovefest chair Bernard Berkowitz; and Coppin State College President Dr. Calvin Burnett.
Some 50 music lovers posed for pictures with Roach and signed a big Valentine's card for him. The swinging soiree was organized by the local chapter of Roach's fraternity, Omega Psi Phi. Hosts were vice basileus William Stokes and fraternity brothers Keith Pemberton and Gary Bacon.
Pub Date: 02/21/99