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Pete La Roca

Born: Apr 7, 1938

Death: Nov 20, 2012

Birthplace: Harlem

Profession: Musician

Nationality: United States

Pete La Roca

Date of Birth : Apr 7, 1938
Date of Death : Nov 20, 2012
Birth Place : Harlem

Pete La Roca was an American jazz drummer. Born and raised in Harlem New York City by a pianist mother and a stepfather who played trumpet, he was introduced to jazz by his uncle Kenneth Bright, a major shareholder in Circle Records and the manager of rehearsal spaces above the Lafayette Theater. Sims learned percussion in Public School, at the High School of Music and Art, and at the City College of New York, where he played tympani in the CCNY Orchestra. He adopted the name La Roca early in his musical career when he played timbales for six years in Latin bands. In 1957 Max Roach became aware of him while jamming at the Birdland and recommended him to Sonny Rollins. As drummer of Rollins' trio on the afternoon set at the Village Vanguard on November 3 he became part of the important record A Night at the Village Vanguard. In 1959 he recorded with Jackie McLean and in a quartet with Tony Scott, Bill Evans and Jimmy Garrison. Besides Garrison he often joined with bassists who played in the Bill Evans Trio, especially Scott LaFaro and Steve Swallow, and also accompanied pianists like Steve Kuhn, Don Friedman and Paul Bley.


  • Musician
  • Jazz Drummer

Also known as

  • Pete La Roca
  • Pete LaRoca Sims
  • Pete Sims
  • Pete LaRoca
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