9th 2009
The Jazz Session #120: Sam Rivers

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists


Sam Rivers is a musical renaissance man. He’s performed in big bands, bop bands, R&B groups, blues bands and free-jazz ensembles. Rivers is currently composing adventurous large-ensemble music (such as is found on his 2006 CD Aurora) in an unlikely location: Orlando, Florida. In this interview, Rivers talks about his early days in Boston; how he was recruited by Jimi Hendrix while playing with Cecil Taylor; and how a tour with Dizzy Gillespie led to his relocation to Florida. Learn more at

The music in this episode comes from Sam Rivers’ album Aurora. If you’d like to buy this album, you can support The Jazz Session by purchasing it via the link below:


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