Richie Cannata, who has long been associated with Billy Joel – he was his sax player through 1982 — and more recently with The Beach Boys and Bernie Williams, gave a terrific performance in a municipal concert on August 9 in Glen Cove, a small city on the north shore of Long Island.
Cannata performed with various friends and family members, including Spyro Gyra guitarist Julio Fernandez. I don’t know enough about Fernandez to say that his guitar solo on the encore number — Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love – was characteristic of him or not. But for a jazz guitarist, he sure seemed to enjoy acting like Jimmy Page for a few minutes.
Here is the beginning of Cannata’s bio at ReverbNation:
Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Richie Cannata studied classical piano and clarinet. He also plays flute and keyboards in addition to tenor, alto, soprano, and baritone sax, with tenor sax being his forte. Richie has recorded and toured with Billy Joel’s band since 1975 and still can be seen with him today. For over a decade, Richie has also been a member of The Beach Boys, playing on their recordings as well as all of the world concert tours. Richie’s talent as a performing artist doesn’t even outshine his accomplishments behind the scenes. (Continue Reading…)
Cannata’s site has more information. Above is Keep it In the Pocket and below is Chameleon.
I didn’t see the whole thing, but I felt that one of one of the best musical moments last night was Eric Clapton’s acoustic version of Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out. It also was a bit ironic, since so many were coming to the region’s aid.
I also thoroughly enjoyed Bill Joel’s set. Above is his rewritten version of Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway).
By the way, it’s not to late to give.
The CD turns 30 years old today. The Next Web notes that on Oct. 1, 1982, Billy Joel’s album 52nd Street – which initially was released in four years earlier – was re-released by Sony on a compact disk. The company simultaneously introduced the Sony CDP-101, the first CD player.
Columbia Records recording artist Billy Joel.
On Oct. 30th, Columbia Records will release two books and a disc in celebration of its 125th anniversary. 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story is written by Sean Wilentz and is being published by Chronicle books. It traces the history of the label from its founding in 1880 until today. At the same time, a separate book –The Columbia Records Story: Legends and Legacy–will be published. Author Dave Marsh will tell the stories of 263 of the greatest tracks released by the label. Marsh’s commentary will be accompanied by a disc with those tracks.
The release puts it in context:
Columbia’s list of major performers, past and present, is unsurpassed and includes much of the most important, and beloved music in all genres, including pop, rock, country, show tunes, classical, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and blues. Artists recorded by Columbia and its subsidiaries have included Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Cash, Beyonce, Adele, Billy Joel, Al Jolson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Robert Johnson, Bing Crosby, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Aerosmith, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma, LL Cool J, James Taylor, Philip Glass, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Jack White, and more.
Here is a more complete list of current or past Columbia artists.