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Montego Joe lectures at the University of Connecticut.

 Digital Record


  • 1975 - 1989


Jamaican-style percussionist and drummer Montego Joe (birth name Roger Sanders) delivered 5 lectures. He spoke on 11/23/1982 (2015-0002/RR200, 10/23/1984 (2015-0002/RR201), 10/1/1985 (2015-0002/RR202), 2/4/1975 (2015-0002/RR324), and 11/28/1989 (2015-0002/AC10).

Biographical / Historical

Roger "Montego Joe" Sanders was born 1929 in New York City. As a teenager, Sanders played with a number of bands, led by top jazz musicians, including Babatunde Olatunji's (Drums of Passion, 1959) Art Blakey's Afro-Drum Ensemble (African Beat, Blue Note 1962), also with Ted Curson, Max Roach, Monty Alexander, Phil Upchurch, Dizzy Gillespie, Willis Jackson, Herbie Mann, Harold Vick, Teddy Edwards, George Benson, Jack McDuff, Rufus Harley (Kings/Queens) and Johnny Lytle. Under his own name he recorded the album Arriba! Con Montego Joe for Prestige Records. Pior to that he worked with Chick Corea with Eddie Gómez and Milford Graves, followed by the album Wild & Warm.

During the 1960s he worked with a group of Black youth in Harlem, known as HAR-YOU (Harlem Youth Unlimited), founded by sociologist Kenneth Clark. Montego Joe worked with the Harlem Youth Percussion Group for four years before taking them into the studio to record their debut album, HAR-YOU Percussion Group: Sounds of the Ghetto Youth for ESP-Disk in 1967. The reunion album was released in 1996 featuring many of the same personnel that were on the debut album. He subsequently worked with Cornell Dupree, Ralph MacDonald and Curtis Mayfield on the album Voices of East Harlem: Right On, Be Free, which was released by Elektra Records in 1970.

Montego Joe died June 28, 2010, in Brooklyn, NY.



1 Cassettes

4 Reels

Existence and Location of Originals

Original audio recordings reside in the University of Connecticut, Black Experience in the Arts Collection, Archives & Special Collections, UConn Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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