Sam Rivers Biography

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Sam Rivers's facts

Date of Birth 1923-09-23
Nationality American
Profession Jazz musician and composer
Ethnicity Black
Marital Status Married
Married to Bea Rivers
Name on Birth Samuel Carthorne Rivers
Height 5'11"
Place of Birth El Reno, Oklahoma, United States

A legendary and extremely talented Samuel Carthorne Rivers, better known as ‘Sam Rivers’ was a renowned American musician and composer. He claimed to prominence during the mid-period of 1960s. Rivers is best known for his thorough command in orchestration, music theory and composition. This legendary music artist was born on 25th September, 1923 in El Reno, Oklahoma, U.S. He born to a gospel musician who has sang with the ‘Fisk Jubilee Singers’. In the year 1947, he shifted his place to Boston, Massachusetts. While staying at Boston, he studied at the ‘Boston Conservatory’.

It was in the year 1959 when he started performing along with 13 year old drummer named ‘Tony Williams’. In 1964, he became a member of jazz band ‘Miles Davis Quintet’. Quintet released a single titled ‘Miles in Tokyo’ which was recorded live in concert. However, Sam was got replaced by Wayne Shorter. After leaving the band, he signed by ‘Blue Note Records’. For the recording company, he recorded four albums. He also made appearance as sideman in several albums. His most notable appearance as sidemen were ‘Jaki Byard’ who appeared on Fuchsia Swing Song. Rivers derived the music talent from adopting the one form of jazz ‘Bebop’.

In the year 1985, he became the prominent music figure with the releasing the double album ‘The State of the Tenor, Vols. 1 & 2’. As a leader, he has given some melodious albums like ‘Contours’, ‘A New Conception’, ‘Dimensions & Extensions’, ‘Steams’, ‘Crystals’, ‘Sizzle’, ‘The Quest’, ‘Waves’, ‘Contrasts’, ‘Crosscurent’, ‘Inspiration’, ‘Celebration’,’Aurora’, ‘Firestorm’ and ‘Trilogy’. Likewise, he has also given best performance as a co-leader with releasing the several albums like ‘Mario Schiano’, ‘James Newton’, ‘Julian Priester’, ‘Tony Hymas’, ‘Adam Rudolph/ Harris Eisenstadt’, ‘Ben Street/ Kresten Osgood & Bryan Carrott’ and ‘Dave Holland/ Barry Altschul’. In addition to this he has also appeared as a sideman in the albums such as ‘You Can’t Name Your Own Tune’, ‘Diaspora Blues’, ‘Miles in Tokyo’, ‘What If’, ‘Change’, ‘Diaglogue’, ‘In the Name of …’, ‘Capricorn Rising’, ‘The Great Concert of Cecil Taylor’, ‘Life Time’ and ‘Into Somethin’.

Sam has achieved huge fame and success from his music career. He has given his best in all his albums. Rivers was a dashing man who was often got noticed for his charming personality. He was a tall man of 5 feet 11 inches. With his charming personality, he had garnered huge fan following and made his name popular in the music world.

Let’s talk about his personal life, he was a married man. He got married to beautiful lady, Bea. Both the couple shared a strong bond and love with each other. Rivers ran a jazz loft ‘Studio Rivbea’ along with his wife. During the period of 1990s, he moved to Florida with his wife to expand orcheastra compositions. Rivers was an ideal husband who has lived blissful and peaceful moments with his wife. He had been successful to maintain his personal and professional life. Rivers had never been linked up with any renowned actress.

This supremely talented musician had received wide attention and recognition from his music career. This legendary musician is no more in this world. He left this world on 26th December, 2011 in Orlando, Florida, U.S. With his extra ordinary music talent, he had made his name recognizable in the world. He might have earned considerable amount of net worth from his music career. But any information regarding his net worth and property had not yet disclosed in the media. More additional about this talented musician can be gathered from the wiki and reading his detailed bio on IMDb. He is surely an inspiration to all the young musicians.