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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.
THANK YOU ALL!!
xoxoxo—Rick Lopez


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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 :::
http://www.bb10k.com/SR_UP.html

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.
https://soundcloud.com/if_then/sam-rivers-phones-my-home

xoxoxo,
—RL
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Day three begins. We are completely overwhelmed. 40+ large plastic bins FULL of paper. More soon, and please forgive lack of updates so far but for some reason I was unable to sign in here. AND, it won't allow me to upload any of the hundreds of photos I've taken. Check my facebook profile. I'll keep trying to find a way...
https://www.facebook.com/rick.lopez.98837
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Stand by. 48 hours until I begin posting images from the RivBea Archive.
(Just sitting here trembling, boss...)
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I'm finally through the 11,406 Dizzy Gillespie hits at Newspapers.com... PHEW!!
Found an enormous amount of new information, but newspaper coverage is sketchy, so many uncertainties and mysteries remain. And so, the second research trip will be to The Smithsonian in DC to spend a few days going through the extensive files in their Diz Archive. If you dip into the Sessionography in 1987 and scan through 1989, you'll see that I've also entered all of the Gillespie activity I could find that does NOT include Sam Rivers. It seemed the only way to keep track of Diz's insane schedule and give me clues enough to sort out when Sam was and when he wasn't.
Meanwhile, back on the farm, I'm now working the reformat/edit in the year 2002. If anyone wants to take a peek at a formatting issue I'm working out, take a look at http://www.bb10k.com/RIVERS.disc.html#01.03.23 ... And then look at the difference in the 01.03.25 session right below that. Trying to sort out the, uh, MESS that accrues when three trio members each play multiple instruments across a dozen or more tracks. Feedback appreciated!!!

Okay. Back to work.
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Okay folks, now that YOU've made the 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.
THANK YOU ALL!!
xoxoxo—Rick Lopez
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