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Central Florida Jazz Icon Sam Rivers Has Passed

December 27, 2011

Sam Rivers, died Monday night December 26th from pneumonia, his daughter has confirmed.

A saxophonist, flutist and composer, Sam’s long list of credits includes work with the legendary Miles Davis, was 88.

Until September, Rivers had continued his weekly open rehearsals with his powerful big band, the Rivbea Orchestra, at the Orlando musician’s union hall.

God bless him.  He was a friend and an inspiration to us all.  We at and will  miss Sam and always remember him.  

Here’s more info from the Orlando Sentinel’s music critic, Jim Abbott:,0,7009901.story

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