Basic Background Info

Birth: 1932
Location: Miami, Florida
Genres: Jazz
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Drumming legend Mickey Roker is a hometown hero in Philadelphia, where he has been playing jazz for more than seventy years. Mickey Roker was born in Miami, Florida, and moved to Philadelphia with his grandmother when he was ten years old after his mother died. An uncle shared his love for jazz with Mickey Roker by introducing him to the lively jazz scene in the city, in particular the great Philly Joe Jones.

After Mickey Roker developed a similar appreciation for jazz, he received a drum kit from his uncle. Mickey Roker quickly immersed himself in learning to play the drums; he practiced constantly. In the early 1950s, Mickey Roker earned respect as an intuitive but powerful big band drummer. Performing with Dizzy Gillespie helped bolster Mickey Roker's reputation as a solid supporting musician.

Mickey Roker has performed with Herbie Hancock, Tommy Flanagan, Ella Fitzgerald, Zoot Sims, Horace Silver, Junior Mance, Sarah Vaughan, Milton Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Phil Woods, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Bucky Pizzarelli, Stanley Turrentine, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Hank Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Locke, and many more.

Throughout his career, Mickey Roker has been known as a valiant role model, a helpful mentor, and a solid performer. Mickey Roker still plays, often with his quartet, in local clubs in Philadelphia, including Ortlieb's Jazz Haus, a nationally renowned jazz club.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1953 Bluella: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Blues Ella Fitzgerald
1953 Concert Years Ella Fitzgerald
1955 Blue Piano, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1957 Tenor Titan Sonny Rollins
1958 Best of the Jazz Trumpets Various Artists
1958 Gene Ammons All Stars Gene Ammons
1960 Best of Stanley Turrentine Stanley Turrentine
1960 Best of the Blues Singers, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1960 Con Alma Ray Bryant
1960 Rat Race Blues Gigi Gryce
1960 Rights of Swing Phil Woods
1960 Sayin' Somethin'! Gigi Gryce
1961 Ballads Stanley Turrentine
1961 Gentle Gator Willis "Gator" Jackson
1961 Hap'nin's Gigi Gryce
1961 In My Solitude Willis "Gator" Jackson
1961 Really Groovin' Willis "Gator" Jackson
1962 Happy Time Junior Mance
1962 Junior's Blues Junior Mance
1962 Quartets Featuring Jim Hall Sonny Rollins with Jim Hall
1963 All the Things You Are Sonny Rollins
1963 At Newport '63 Joe Williams
1963 Better Than Anything Irene Kral
1963 Blue Note Years Joe Henderson
1963 Complete Blue Note Blue Mitchell Sessions (1963-67) Blue Mitchell
1963 Little Big Horn Nat Adderley
1963 Live at Newport McCoy Tyner
1963 Live at Pio's Ben Webster
1964 Best of Horace Silver, Vol. 2 Horace Silver
1964 Havin' a Good Time Joe Williams/Ben Webster
1964 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Milt Jackson Milt Jackson
1964 Live at the Connecticut Jazz Party Bobby Timmons
1964 Sonny Rollins & Co. 1964 Sonny Rollins & Company
1964 Standard Sonny Rollins Sonny Rollins
1964 Standard Sonny Rollins Sonny Rollins
1964 Wahoo! Duke Pearson
1965 Honeybuns Duke Pearson
1965 Lusty Moods Various Artists
1965 Sonny Rollins on Impulse! Sonny Rollins
1965 There Will Never Be Another You Sonny Rollins
1966 Boss Horn Blue Mitchell
1966 Caribbean Suite Harold Vick
1966 Easy Walker Stanley Turrentine
1966 Prairie Dog Duke Pearson
1966 Rough 'n' Tumble Stanley Turrentine
1966 Spoiler Stanley Turrentine
1966 Sweet Honey Bee Duke Pearson
1967 Art Farmer Quintet Plays the Great Jazz Hits Art Farmer
1967 Born Free Milt Jackson
1967 Creeper Donald Byrd
1967 Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band Duke Pearson
1967 New Time Shuffle Stanley Turrentine
1967 Plays Cedar Walton Cedar Walton
1967 Procrastinator Lee Morgan
1967 Standards Lee Morgan
1968 Always Something There Stanley Turrentine
1968 At the Top of the Gate Toshiko Akiyoshi Quintet
1968 I Don't Care Who Knows It Duke Pearson
1968 Look of Love Stanley Turrentine
1968 Manhattan Fever Frank Foster
1968 Milt Jackson and the Hip String Quartet Milt Jackson
1968 Now Hear This! Duke Pearson
1968 Phantom Duke Pearson
1968 Serenade to a Soul Sister Horace Silver
1968 Speak Like a Child Herbie Hancock
1968 Spectrum Cedar Walton
1969 Another Story Stanley Turrentine
1969 Electic Boogaloo Song Cedar Walton
1969 Frank Foster Frank Foster
1969 How Insensitive Duke Pearson
1969 Jukin' The Manhattan Transfer
1969 Kofi Donald Byrd
1969 Merry Ole Soul Duke Pearson
1969 Score Randy Brecker
1969 Soul Brotherhood Charles Kynard
1970 Electric Byrd Donald Byrd
1970 In Pursuit of the 27th Man Horace Silver
1970 It Could Only Happen with You Duke Pearson
1970 Live at the Lighthouse Lee Morgan
1970 San Francisco Bobby Hutcherson & Harold Land
1970 That Healin' Feelin' Horace Silver
1970 Total Response (Phase I) Horace Silver
1971 Total Response (Phase II) Horace Silver
1972 All (Phase III) Horace Silver
1972 Arrival of Bobby Jones Bobby Jones
1972 Golden Years Count Basie
1972 Now Astrud Gilberto
1973 Together Again for the Last Time Gene Ammons With Sonny Stitt
1974 Cisco Kid Reuben Wilson
1974 Dizzy's Big 4 Dizzy Gillespie's Big 4
1974 Olinga Milt Jackson
1975 900 Shares of the Blues Michael Longo
1975 Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods Dizzy Gillespie with Machito
1975 At the Montreux Jazz Festival 1975 Dizzy Gillespie Big 7
1975 Bahiana Dizzy Gillespie
1975 Free Spirits Mary Lou Williams
1975 Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock
1975 Highlights of the Montreux Jazz Festival 1975 Various Artists
1975 Jazz Maturity....Where It's Coming From Roy Eldridge/Oscar Peterson/Dizzy Gilles
1975 Milt Jackson Big Four at The Montreaux Jazz Festival Milt Jackson
1975 Montreux Collection Jazz at the Philharmonic
1976 Carter, Gillespie, Inc. Benny Carter with Dizzy Gillespie
1976 Dizzy's Party Dizzy Gillespie
1976 Talk with the Spirits Mike Longo
1976 Youngblood Jon Faddis
1977 Embraced Mary Lou Williams with Cecil Taylor
1977 Free Spirit Roland Prince
1977 Gifted Ones Count Basie with Dizzy Gillespie
1977 Quadrant Joe Pass/Milt Jackson/Ray Brown/Mickey R
1978 Groovin' High Hank Jones with Sam Jones and Thad Jones
1979 Celebration of Duke Various Artists
1979 Digital 3 at Montreux Ella Fitzgerald
1979 Digital 3 at Montreux Ella Fitzgerald/Count Basie/Joe Pass
1979 On the Road Count Basie
1979 Perfect Match Ella Fitzgerald with Count Basie
1979 Skol Oscar Peterson
1979 Something New Sam Jones
1980 All Too Soon: The Duke Ellington Album Milt Jackson/Ray Brown/Mickey Roker/Joe
1980 Potpourri Ray Bryant Trio
1981 Trumpets in Modern Jazz Various Artists
1982 London Bridge Milt Jackson
1982 Memories of Thelonious Sphere Monk Milt Jackson
1982 Mostly Duke Milt Jackson
1983 Soul Route Milt Jackson Quartet
1983 Things Are Getting Better All the Time J.J. Johnson With Al Grey
1984 It Don't Mean a Thing If You Can't Tap Your Foot to I Milt Jackson
1985 Brother Jim Milt Jackson & His Gold Medal Winners
1985 Gene Harris Trio Plus One Gene Harris Trio
1985 Red Hot Ray Brown Trio Ray Brown Trio
1986 On a Misty Night Peter Leitch
1988 Bebop Milt Jackson
1988 Best of Herbie Hancock: The Blue Note Years Herbie Hancock
1988 Impulse! Collection: The Best of Impulse!, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1988 Overwhelmin' Joe Williams
1989 Oasis Shirley Scott
1990 Essential Blues Grooves, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1991 Blues Everywhere Shirley Scott
1991 Great Scott! Shirley Scott
1992 Best of Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie
1992 Blue Bossa Various Artists
1992 Celebration The Modern Jazz Quartet
1993 Best of Chick Corea Chick Corea
1993 Blue Break Beats, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1994 In-A-Chord Randy Johnston
1994 Loose Walk Sonny Stitt
1994 Smithsonian Collection of Jazz Piano, Vol. 4 Various Artists
1994 Soul Connection, Vol. 1 Dusko Goykovich
1995 Blue '60s: Blue Note Strikes a Radical Chord Various Artists
1995 Bridges of Madison County Original Soundtrack
1995 In Rememberance Ed Wiley
1995 Jingle Bell Jam: Jazz Christmas Classics Various Artists
1995 Skylark Shirley Scott
1996 Big Band Renaissance Various Artists
1996 Blue Note Plays Jobim Various Artists
1996 Confessin' the Blues! Billie Poole
1996 Groovy, Vol. 1: A Collection of Rare Jazzy Club Track Various Artists
1996 Having the Blues Under a European Sky Joe Williams
1996 Journey to Next Benny Carter
1996 Let's Call This Monk! Joshua Breakstone
1996 Ninety Six Odean Pope
1996 Robert Schimmel Comes Clean Robert Schimmel
1996 Rokermotion The N.Y. Hardbop Quintet
1996 Smithsonian Folkways American Roots Collection var art
1996 Sonny Rollins Plus Three Sonny Rollins
1997 Art of Jazz Saxophone: Impressions Various Artists
1997 Art of Saxophone Various Artists
1997 At Newport '63/Jump for Joy Joe Williams
1997 Ballads Various Artists
1997 Be Bop Dizzy Gillespie
1997 Blue Break Beats, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1997 CTI Records: The Birth of Groove Various Artists
1997 Gershwin Songbook Various Artists
1997 Getting Sentimental Zoot Sims
1997 Handful of Keys Various Artists
1997 Jazz Giants Play Irving Berlin: Soft Lights and Sweet Various Artists
1997 Jazz Piano Anthology: The Magic Touch Various Artists
1997 Jazz Profile Herbie Hancock
1997 Like a Thief in the Night Mike Longo
1997 Low & Slow: The Blue Note Tenor Sax Ballads Collection Various Artists
1997 Master Class Hank Jones
1997 Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years Various Artists
1997 Priceless Jazz Sampler Various Artists
1997 Priceless Jazz Sonny Rollins
1997 Pulp Fusion, Vol. 1: Funky Jazz Classics & Original B Various Artists
1997 Roots of Acid Jazz Various Artists
1997 Sa Va Bella (For Lady Legends) Milt Jackson
1997 Saxophone Heroes Various Artists
1997 Sincerely, George & Ira Gershwin George & Ira Gershwin
1997 Somewhere in the Night Randy Johnston
1998 Benny Carter and the Jazz Giants Benny Carter
1998 Birth of Cool Funk Vintage Jams Various Artists
1998 Complete Blue Note Sixties Sessions Herbie Hancock
1998 Darji's Groove Hank Jones
1998 Greatest Hits Sonny Rollins
1998 Jazz After Hours Various Artists
1998 Jazz Giants Play Harold Arlen: Blues in the Night Various Artists
1998 Latin on Impulse Various Artists
1998 Live in Philly Zoot Sims
1998 Moonlight in Vermont Ray Brown
1998 To Each His Own Mike LeDonne
1999 32 Live Various Artists
1999 Blue 'N' Groovy, Vol. 1: Blue Note Connects with the Various Artists
1999 Blue 'N' Groovy, Vol. 2: Mostly Modal Various Artists
1999 Blue Bacharach: A Cooler Shaker Various Artists
1999 Blue Bossa, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 Blue Break Beats, Vol. 1-4 Various Artists
1999 Blue Movies: Scoring for the Studio Various Artists
1999 Blues for a Rainy Day Various Artists
1999 Jazz for a Lazy Day Various Artists
1999 Jazz That Cooks Various Artists
1999 Jazz That Swings, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1999 Legends of Acid Jazz: Tenor Titans Various Artists
1999 Midnight Blue Various Artists
1999 Night & Dream Toshiko Akiyoshi
1999 Retrospective Horace Silver
2000 At Large Willis Jackson
2000 Best of Milt Jackson in the CTI Years Milt Jackson
2000 Best of the Complete RCA Victor Recordings Sonny Rollins
2000 Best of the Concord Years Gene Harris
2000 Blues in All Keys Various Artists
2000 Complete Blue Note Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Studio Se Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams
2000 Horizons/The Little Giant Ira Sullivan & Luis Gasca
2000 Incontournables Dizzy Gillespie
2000 Jazz Singers, Vol. 1 & 2 Various Artists
2000 Ken Burns Jazz Herbie Hancock
2000 Live At Ortlieb's Jazzhaus Various Artists
2000 Olinga Milt Jackson
2000 Trumpet Giants Various Artists
2001 Bags Groove: A Tribute to Milt Jackson Mike LeDonne
2001 Baroque Sketches/The Time and the Place Art Farmer
2001 Best of the Blue Note Years Bobby Hutcherson
2001 Blues Men Various Artists
2001 Jazz Ladies, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2001 LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology: Everyday I Have the Blues Various Artists
2001 LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology: Good Vibration Various Artists
2001 Talkin' Verve Shirley Scott
2001 Time Remembered: LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology Various Artists
2002 Best of the Concord Years Ray Brown
2002 Blue Note Quintet/Sextet Studio Sessions Stanley Turrentine
2002 Essential and Rare Blues Grooves Various Artists
2002 New Jazz Sampler Various Artists
2002 Pablo Sampler Various Artists
2002 Ray Bryant Trio/Dancing the Big Twist Ray Bryant
2002 Sonny Rollins' Finest Hour Sonny Rollins
2002 Swingin' the Blues Gene Harris
2003 Cool Jazz: The Essential Album Various Artists
2003 Dimensions: A Compendium of the Pablo Years Oscar Peterson
2003 Essential Herbie Hancock
2003 Fine and Mellow Gene Ammons
2003 Hand on the Torch Us3
2003 J.J. Johnson Memorial Album Various Artists
2003 Live from New York to Tokyo Ray Brown
2003 Mosaic Select: Duke Pearson Duke Pearson
2003 Music of Thelonious Monk The Junior Mance Trio/Joe Temperly
2003 Playtime, Vol. 1: Pure 70's Jazz-Funk Tracks Various Artists
2003 Sonic Boom Lee Morgan
2003 Untinted: Sources for Madlib's Shades of Blue Various Artists
2004 Blue Note Plays Burt Bacharach Various Artists
2004 CTI Master Collection, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2004 Funkia Michael Longo
2004 Instant Party Gene Harris
2004 Jazz Ladies Various Artists
2004 Live at the Lighthouse Lee Morgan
2004 NEA Jazz Masters Various Artists
2004 Ritmo Afro-Cubano Various Artists
2004 So Far So Good : Best Of James Morrison James Morrison
2004 United States of Mind Horace Silver
2005 Basquiat Salutes Jazz Various Artists
2005 Blue Note Plays Jobim Various Artists
2005 Blue Note Plays Ray Charles Various Artists
2005 Career: 1937-1992 Dizzy Gillespie
2005 Celebrating Sonny at 75/The Very Best of the RCA Year Sonny Rollins
2005 Mosaic Select 16: Andrew Hill Andrew Hill
2005 NEA Jazz Masters Sonny Rollins
2005 Now Astrud Gilberto
2005 On Impulse! Sonny Rollins
2005 One More: Music of Thad Jones Various Artists
2005 Rev-elation Joe Locke
2005 Speak Like a Child Herbie Hancock
2006 About the Soul Ed Wiley, Jr.
2006 Bassics: Best of Ray Brown Trio 1977-2000 Ray Brown Trio
2006 Bebop Milt Jackson
2006 Blue Note Plays Billie Holiday Various Artists
2006 Essential Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock
2006 Fusion with Attitude Various Artists
2006 Great Sessions Herbie Hancock
2006 Hank and Frank Hank Jones/Frank Wess
2006 Impulse Story Sonny Rollins
2006 Impulse Story McCoy Tyner
2006 Kusch Dizzy Gillespie
2006 Music for Lovers Stanley Turrentine
2006 Speak Like a Child [Japan Bonus Tracks] Herbie Hancock
2006 Ultimate Jazz Christmas Various Artists
2006 Well, Here It Is Eddie Diehl/Hank Jones
2007 5 for Freddie: Bucky's Tribute to Freddie Green Bucky Pizzarelli
2007 Bluish Bag Stanley Turrentine
2007 Jazz Profiles Sonny Rollins
2007 Original Album Classics Sonny Rollins
2007 Perfect Peterson: Best of the Pablo & Telarc Recordin Oscar Peterson
2007 Spoiler Stanley Turrentine
2007 Time and the Place/The Lost Concert Art Farmer
2008 On the Corner Various Artists
2008 What Went Before, Vol. 1 Odean Pope
2008 The Very Best of Jazz Oscar Peterson
2008 Live In Paris & Copenhagen 1974 Sonny Stitt
2008 Live At the Jazz Standard Roger Kellaway
2009 The Best of Oscar Peterson Oscar Peterson
2009 Only the Best of the Art Farmer Quintet Art Farmer
2009 Only the Best of Ray Bryant Ray Bryant
2009 Only the Best of Milt Jackson Milt Jackson
2009 Hank and Frank Vol. 2 Hank Jones
2010 Moody 4B James Moody
2011 On Impulse!/There Will Never Be Another You Sonny Rollins
2011 End Play Seldon Powell
2011 Doin' the Gigi Gigi Gryce
2013 Magic 201 Frank Wess
2014 The Magic of Jobim: Enchanting Melodies of Antonio Carlos Jobim Various Artists


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