*World renowned jazz musician Sam Rivers has died.
The saxophonist, flutist and composer who played with Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie passed away Monday night from pneumonia, says his daughter Monique Rivers Williams. He was 88.
An Oklahoma native, Rivers started his career in Boston, where he performed with Herb Pomeroy’s big band in an ensemble that included future music producer Quincy Jones. In 1964, he moved to New York and was hired by Davis. He played with a diverse group of musicians there that included Gillespie, T-Bone Walker and John Lee Hooker.
He moved to Orlando in the early 1990s and regularly played with a group of jazz musicians whose day jobs were at Walt Disney World.
Plans are being made for a public memorial concert.