Today, we celebrate the birthday of one of rock’s greatest saxophone players, Richie Cannata. Born on March 3rd, 1949 in New York City, Cannata has made an indelible mark on the world of music with his exceptional skills on the saxophone.
Cannata is best known for his work with Billy Joel, with whom he played for many years. He was a key member of Joel’s band, playing saxophone, clarinet, and flute on some of Joel’s biggest hits including “New York State of Mind,” “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” and “Just the Way You Are.” His soulful and melodic solos have become iconic in the world of rock and roll.
In addition to his work with Billy Joel, Cannata has collaborated with many other musicians throughout his career. He has worked with artists such as Elton John, The Beach Boys, Carly Simon, and Celine Dion, among others. His versatility as a musician and his ability to adapt to different musical styles is a testament to his talent and dedication to his craft.
Beyond his impressive musical career, Cannata is also known for his kindness and generosity. He has mentored many young musicians over the years and has shared his knowledge and experience with them. His passion for music and his desire to inspire others to pursue their own musical dreams has touched the lives of many.
On this special day, we wish Richie Cannata a very Happy Birthday! We celebrate his incredible talent and his contributions to the world of music. May he continue to inspire us with his beautiful music for many years to come.
Here’s Richie playing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah: