|Born||March 3, 1949|
|Origin||Long Island, New York
|Genres||Pop, pop rock, rock|
|Instruments||Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Keyboards|
|Associated acts||Billy Joel
The Beach Boys
The Lords of 52nd Street
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-1980s, performing on Shaw's first three solo albums. He also played for Taylor Dayne in the late 1980s/early 1990s.
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, featuring Cannata and Julio Fernandez, guitarist of jazz fusion/smooth jazz group Spyro Gyra.
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. Shortly thereafter, Cannata, DeVitto, and Javors officially formed The Lords of 52nd Street band; the band also includes a pianist and lead vocalist, keyboardist, and a guitarist, and plays faithful renditions of the recorded Joel originals.
Billy Joel album credits
- 1976 Turnstiles
- 1977 The Stranger
- 1978 52nd Street
- 1980 Glass Houses
- 1981 Songs in the Attic
- 1985 Greatest Hits Volume I & II
- 1993 River of Dreams
- 1997 Greatest Hits Volume III
- Cannata's birthday celebration
- Gamboa, Glenn (23 October 2014). "Billy Joel Band set to join Piano Man in Long Island Music Hall of Fame". New York Newsday. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
- Filipski, Kevin (February 5, 2016). "Interview with Guitarist Russell Javors". Flipsidereviews.blogspot.com. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
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