Richie Cannata

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Richie Cannata
Born (1949-03-03) March 3, 1949 (age 67)[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
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,[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] 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.[6]

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  1. ^ "Cannata's birthday celebration". 
  2. ^ "Richie Cannata". 
  3. ^ "Richie Cannata - Richie Cannata - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". 
  4. ^ "Improvising And Soloing In The Pocket - Book Review". 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Filipski, Kevin (February 5, 2016). "Interview with Guitarist Russell Javors". Retrieved July 14, 2016.