Richie Cannata

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Richie Cannata
Born (1949-03-03) March 3, 1949 (age 66)[1][2]
Origin Long Island, New York
Genres Pop, pop rock, rock
Occupation(s) musician
Instruments Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Keyboards
Associated acts Billy Joel
The Beach Boys
Celine Dion
Jennifer Lopez
Marc Anthony
Al Jardine
Tommy Shaw

Richie Cannata (born March 3, 1949) is an American music producer, multi-instrumentalist and studio owner. He is most notable for playing saxophone in Billy Joel's band alongside Liberty DeVitto, Russell Javors, and Doug Stegmeyer. After leaving the band in 1981, he opened Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New York. Artists including Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have recorded in Cannata's studio.

Cannata played in Tommy Shaw's band in the mid-80s, performing on Shaw's first three solo albums. He also played for Taylor Dayne in the late 80's/early 90's.

In the mid-1990s Cannata toured with The Beach Boys, playing saxophone, woodwinds and synthesizers. In 2006, Cannata toured again with Joel, and was part of his record-setting 12-show run at Madison Square Garden.

In December 2013 Cannata and Sean J. Kennedy's educational jazz improv play-along series Improvising and Soloing In The Pocket [Book/CD/DVD) was released by Carl Fischer Music to critical acclaim. The series includes books for all instruments, and features music from Cannata's 2011 solo album Richie Cannata,[3] featuring Cannata and Julio Fernandez, guitarist of jazz fusion/smooth jazz group Spyro Gyra.[4]

On October 23, 2014, Cannata, DeVitto, and Javors (with Stegmeyer, posthumously) were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, primarily for their work with Joel.[5]

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