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Samuel Carthorne Rivers (born September 25, 1923, El Reno, Oklahoma) is a jazz musician and composer. He performs on soprano and tenor saxophones, flute, and piano. Rivers was previously thought to have been born in 1930.
Rivers's father was a gospel musician, exposing Rivers to music from an early age.
In 1959, Rivers began performing with 13-year-old drummer Tony Williams, who later went on to an impressive career. Rivers later joined Miles Davis's quintet--briefly--partly at Williams's recommendation. This quintet was recorded on a single album, Miles in Tokyo. Unfortunately, Rivers playing style was too free to be compatible with Davis's music at this point. Rivers was signed by Blue Note Records, for whom he recorded four albums as leader, although one was not issued until 1975, and made several sideman appearances.
During the 1970s, Rivers and his wife, Bea, ran a noted jazz performance loft called Studio Rivbea in New York City's NoHo district. Rivers currently lives in Orlando, Florida. He performs regularly with several bands, including his trio and his RivBea All-Star Orchestra.
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