Pete La Roca life and biography

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Pete La Roca biography

Date of birth : 1938-04-07
Date of death : -
Birthplace : New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-07-12
Credited as : Jazz drummer, Latin jazz music, World Fusion

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Pete La Roca, born Peter Sims is an American jazz drummer. He adopted the name La Roca early in his musical career when he was a timbales player in Latin bands.

Pete La Roca's decision to leave music in 1968 and become an attorney (under his original name of Pete Sims) cut short a productive career. He started his career playing timbales in Latin bands, changing his name to Pete La Roca at the time. He played drums with Sonny Rollins (1957-1959) and had associations with Jackie McLean, Slide Hampton, the John Coltrane Quartet (where he was the original drummer in 1960), and Marian McPartland. La Roca led his own group (1961-1962), was the house drummer at the Jazz Workshop in Boston (1963-1964), and worked with Art Farmer (1964-1965), Freddie Hubbard, Mose Allison, Charles Lloyd (1966), Paul Bley, and Steve Kuhn, among others. He led two impressive albums: the classic Blue Note record Basra with Joe Henderson and Bliss!, a Douglas session (reissued on Muse) featuring Chick Corea and John Gilmore.

La Roca started playing jazz again in 1979.

He has recorded one album as a leader, Swingtime (Blue Note, 1997).

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