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        A fine bop-oriented vibraphonist, Joe Roland was best known in jazz during the 1950s. He started off as a clarinetist and studied at the Institute of Musical Art in New York during 1937-1939. In 1940 Roland began playing xylophone and a few years later switched to vibes, freelancing around New York. He was very open to the innovations of bop and soon had a modern combo of his own. Roland was a member of the George Shearing Quintet (1951-1953), worked with Howard McGhee, and was ... Read more

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