Won an Obie for composing the music to an Off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's works.
Played in the legendary Jazz at Massey Hall concert.
Began working with Miles Davis on the latter's seminal Birth of the Cool.
The ever eclectic Roach wrote music for works by playwright Sam Shepard and by choreographer Alvin Ailey.
Roach took a professorship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1972, becoming one of the first jazz musicians to take a full-time position of that kind.