born on 1/1/1952 in Brooklyn, NY, United States
Mark Rivera is an American musician, musical director and corporate entertainment provider. In addition to playing soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, Rivera's musical talents encompass vocals, guitar, flute, percussion, and keyboards.
Mark Rivera was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan.
Rivera's first national exposure came with the band Tycoon in the mid-1970s. From this venture he met the legendary producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange. Lange, as part of an association with Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner, introduced Rivera to the "big leagues" of rock music, recording and performing.
Over the years, Rivera has worked with Hall & Oates, Tycoon, Peter Gabriel on his ground breaking So album - where Rivera played and arranged the horns for "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time", Simon & Garfunkel, John Lennon, Billy Ocean, and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh.
In 1995, Rivera joined Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, with which he would continue for several tours.
- Billy Joel Band
Rivera's work as a musical director has gained recognition from his association with Ringo Starr and His All Star Band, Billy Joel and Elton John. He has also developed a growing career in promoting and producing corporate entertainment and related events. His company, The Mark Rivera Entertainment Group, has produced events for HBO, IBM, Merrill Lynch, AT&T, Coldwell Banker, The China Club, Northwest Airlines, Oakwood Corporate Housing, and numerous trade associations, charitable events, and local/national educational groups.
Rivera's professional endorsements include Harman International, Yamaha, Kaman Music and Korg USA.
Kelly Hansen Mick Jones Thom (Tom) Gimbel Michael Bluestein Jeff Pilson Jason Bonham|
Lou Gramm Dennis Elliott Ian McDonald Al Greenwood Ed Gagliardi Rick Wills Mark Rivera Bob Mayo Peter Reilich Larry Oakes Lou Cortelezzi Johnny Edwards Larry Aberman Andrew "Raven's Claw" Peters Bruce Turgon Mark Schulman Scott Gilman Ron Wikso Brian Tichy Denny Carmassi Chaz West Jeff Jacobs Paul Mirkovich
|Studio albums||Foreigner Double Vision Head Games 4 Agent Provocateur Inside Information Unusual Heat Mr. Moonlight|
|Live albums||Classic Hits Live/Best of Live Extended Versions|
|Compilations||Records Complete Greatest Hits|
|Singles||"Feels Like the First Time" "Cold as Ice" "Hot Blooded" "Waiting for a Girl Like You" "Juke Box Hero" "Urgent" "I Want to Know What Love Is"|
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