Sam Rivers Sessionography—PreSale

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Pre-Sale/Donation page for The Sam Rivers Sessionography.

The updated story:
Okay folks, now that you've made the $1,500 Orlando RivBea trip a reality, I'm turning this into a pre-sale page for the book. The William Parker tome cost $6,000 to print, so I've raised the ante by that amount, and any funds raised here will go toward publication costs.

Donate a minimum of $35.00 and you get a postpaid-in-the-USA copy of "The Sam Rivers Sessionography" (the Parker book retail was $50.00+shipping)... Overseas supporters: Talk to me, and I'll figure a way to knock off $15.00 from the price of the book.

I also welcome any of my friends and supporters, even if you're not looking to cop a copy of the actual item, to donate any amount you like in order to shore me up through this horrifying ordeal. Ha.

I'm just guessing here, but I imagine publishing some time in early 2020. I'll have a more predictable timeline after the July discovery of the contents of the RivBea Archive, which you'll all be witness to as Ed & I post updates with photos and exclamations.
All right, back to work.
xoxoxo—Rick Lopez

Original STORY:
Hello all! I'm looking for help with the research trip(s) I'll be making to Orlando in mid-July (and beyond). I'm heading down there with jazz journalist Ed Hazell, and we'll be spending seven full days at the RivBea Archive in preparation for the coming book version of my Sam Rivers Sessionography. Sam's daughter Monique has 40 bins full of material—Studio RivBea schedules, photographs, correspondence, tour lists, memorabilia, scores, and who knows what else— and we'll be going through it with our laptops, scanners, and hard-drives so we can carry it home and build a book worthy of Sam's legacy. If we have time and actually get through all of that, there are additional resources that will be available to us in RivBea Manager Matt Gorney's and RivBea Orchestra's Doug Mathews' archives.

I currently drive a 20-hr. week on my Montessori school bus and I'm unemployed in the Summer, living on a fixed-income early retirement SS benefit, and so while my monthly living expenses are met, I do need to raise some extra funds so I can afford to make this and any future trips. If successful beyond my stated goal, I'll be able to think about possible further excursions to Boston for the Globe Archive, or Joe Daley's house for Tuba Trio era materials, etc...

Any amount is greatly appreciated, but a donation of $25.00 or more buys you a copy of the book upon publication (2020?). I need to cover nine days worth of food + coffee, a flight + hotel room, and a Multi-Terrabyte Hard Drive to store all of this information.

In the meantime, in order to give you an idea of the work I'm doing (in addition to the 1st-run mass reformat+edit that's now done up to 1988), these are the things I've actually been adding and refining since the year began and I came down with the Sam Rivers Fever :::

Thank you SO MUCH for your time and consideration on this. I couldn't possibly do what I've been doing without the help of the hundreds of people around the world who send me session info and gig dates and details and anecdotes.

Here are a few phone messages to me from Sam, and then "Beatrice" to take us OUT.

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You guys! I finally found time to make a short video to show you how I'm working this. Thank you all for the support!!
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I've been waiting for the go-ahead to announce this. A result of the visit Ed Hazell and I made to the RivBea Archive last July (heading back down in June).
A five-year series of release on NoBusiness Records!!
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Sam Rivers + Chick Corea tracks for my supporters! After the RivBea Orchestra set on April 20, 1997 at the Gainesville Pop & Jazz Festival, these two thing happened—The Sam Rivers Trio w/ Doug Mathews and Anthony Cole were joined by Chick Corea for a thirteen minute "Improvisation on C13," after which Rivers and Corea did a seven minute duo improv. WHAT THE HELL? It's an audience recording, so not as pure of sound as we may have hoped, but damn, the playing!!
Enjoy, go twist yer heads off:
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TWO MONTHS to enter just the information I have on the Sam Rivers Orlando years from 2000 to 2011 (started November 3rd, finished a few days ago). No images, no anecdotes, no narratives entered... just straight-up session INFORMATION from the RivBea Archive session logs (personnel, compositions, etc.), the media databases (CDrs, DVDs, etc.), and various collected flyers, programs, and I could go on and on.
The process was debilitating, because: As I progressed through the later years, I was revisiting Sam's slow slide toward his death in December of 2011. Illness and accidents and the accumulating years all made visible by the increasing rarity of concerts, until they were happening only every few months or so. It made me feel as if I were worrying, and then mourning, all over again.
BE THAT AS IT MAY. I am now working on the beginnings of the Orlando years, 1991 through 1999, and would you just look at this! The letter marking the date for the very first get-together of the nascent Sam Rivers big band.
[I'll be thanking Monique-Rivers Williams (and the spirit of her father) for the rest of my days for unrestricted access to the RivBea Archive...]
"We moved from New York because I was getting tired of the cold, and nothing else." Rivers relates over the phone in late '99. "We came to Orlando for a vacation, and discovered a talented pool of musicians who work at the theme parks and studios, can't leave because the money is so good, and have no new music to play. To me it's a lesson not to get trapped by a financial situation; it takes away your freedom. I posted a sign that said, 'Sam Rivers is forming an orchestra; be at the union at such-and-such time.' Everyone was there before I arrived."
[Sam Rivers Interviewed by Ted Panken, Down Beat, Apr 2000 pp.33-4]
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