Mark Rivera

born on 1/1/1952 in Brooklyn, NY, United States

Mark Rivera

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Mark Rivera

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.

Early life

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.

Rivera has played with Billy Joel and his band since 1982, replacing Richie Cannata.

In 1995, Rivera joined Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, with which he would continue for several tours.

See also

  • Billy Joel Band

Musical Director

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.

External links

  • Official Website
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