Sam Rivers. RIP.
I remember years of knocking off at the radio station as early as I could so I could get to the Sapphire Supper Club to watch you do your residency with your 17 piece and your 3 piece. I must’ve seen you a hundred times. I even saw the amazing tour de force you put on at the last show at the old Will’s Pub…I don’t think the show was over until 5am, and there you were with energy like a teenager. You put us all to shame. I also had the pleasure of having you as a customer at the store I work at, where you have always been kind and decent and willing to tell me stories about jazz in the old days.
So passes a giant. You will be missed, but thank you so much for all of the wonderful music.