I got to meet Mark Rivera, long-time saxophonist of the Billy Joel Band, this month! Mark stopped by Platte County High School (where I teach) to talk to the kids about music before his performance at Kauffman Stadium.
I started playing in a Billy Joel Band cover group about a year ago called “Faux Piano Man” — the piano player’s last name is Fopeano. It has been really fun to learn all of the reed solos, including those by Mark and one featuring the great Phil Woods.
Be sure to check out “Faux Piano Man” at Knuckleheads Saloon on December 15th! JG
Pictured: Joel Gordon, Jay Jones, Mark Rivera, and Matt Bonsignore.