The Sam Rivers Book Research Tour

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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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Just in case you're all thinking I'm sitting around here staring at my hands, this is the list of additions I've made to the online doc since April 7th : : :

You can also find hours of enjoyment scrolling around and looking for the details on all of those dates in the Sessionography itself : : :

Okay, back to work with me!
Staring. At. My. Hands.
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Flight booked. 2TB hard drive purchased. Portable scanner ordered. The excitement becomes palpable...
THANK YOU my friends!!
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Two-thirds of the way to my opening goal!!
After the July Orlando trip, I'll keep running this as a pre-sale page, same deal: Minimum donation of $25 buys you a copy of the book.
Thanks to all! <3
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Okay, here's a brief description of my disease.
For the past few weeks (ferexample) I've been working on the Dizzy Gillespie years, which ran from early 1987 through late 1989. One resource I've been using is newspapers.com. The screenshot is what happened when I did a search on Diz for that time span. After a little over two-and-a-half weeks, I'm in the middle of April, 1988, so almost halfway through. My eyes are crossing, I'm not sleeping much at all, I forget to eat, I cannot cannot simply cannot stop once I get going, and I honestly have to force myself to do normal activities like washing dishes or rubbing the cats for a minute. My life is an endless Google-search for obscure details. And this is how it goes—it goes this way.
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