Personalities | Sam Rivers | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Various saxophones, flute, b. 1923)

Sam Rivers boasts a most impressive résumé: bebop with Tadd Dameron and Dizzy Gillespie, hard bop with Miles Davis, free jazz with Cecil Taylor and Anthony Braxton, and Grammy consideration for his big band. Born in Oklahoma, Rivers played around Florida and Boston in the 1950s before settling in New York City. His 1960s Blue Note records were edgy and impressive. He hosted free jazz sessions at his loft Studio RivBea through the 1970s and helped to launch the careers of bassist Dave Holland and saxophonist Steve Coleman, among others.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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