Billy Joel Band

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The Billy Joel Band is the band that backs singer-songwriter and pianist Billy Joel on both studio and live recordings.wikipedia
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Richie Cannata

This line-up included Richie Cannata on saxophones and organ, Liberty DeVitto on drums, Russell Javors on guitar, and Doug Stegmeyer on bass. The three of us recorded the basic tracks for Turnstiles and we both recommended Russell Javors and Howie Emerson, who played guitars in Topper and with the addition of Richie Cannata on saxophone, the “Billy Joel Band” was born.
He is most notable for playing saxophone in Billy Joel's band alongside Liberty DeVitto, Russell Javors, and Doug Stegmeyer.

Liberty DeVitto

This line-up included Richie Cannata on saxophones and organ, Liberty DeVitto on drums, Russell Javors on guitar, and Doug Stegmeyer on bass.
He is best known for his work as a drummer for New York singer-songwriter Billy Joel's recording and touring band and most recently as drummer for The Slim Kings, but he has also played with the NYC Hit Squad and has been a session drummer on recordings of other artists.

Billy Joel

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The Billy Joel Band is the band that backs singer-songwriter and pianist Billy Joel on both studio and live recordings.
Disenchanted with Los Angeles, Joel returned to New York City in 1975 and recorded Turnstiles, the first album he recorded with the group of hand-picked musicians who became the Billy Joel Band.

Russell Javors

This line-up included Richie Cannata on saxophones and organ, Liberty DeVitto on drums, Russell Javors on guitar, and Doug Stegmeyer on bass. The three of us recorded the basic tracks for Turnstiles and we both recommended Russell Javors and Howie Emerson, who played guitars in Topper and with the addition of Richie Cannata on saxophone, the “Billy Joel Band” was born.
With the addition of multi-instrumentalist Richie Cannata, Topper became the Billy Joel Band.

Turnstiles (album)

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Joel's touring band as a whole did not begin playing on his records until he recorded the album Turnstiles in 1976.
Dissatisfied with the results, Joel took over as producer and returned to New York, where he re-recorded the album in its entirety, with his own touring band, which consisted of Long Island musicians Richie Cannata and the members of the band Topper: Liberty DeVitto, Russell Javors, Howie Emerson, and Doug Stegmeyer.

Larry Russell (bassist)

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Joel's first touring band, formed in 1971 to support the Cold Spring Harbor album, comprised Rhys Clark on drums, Al Hertzberg on guitar, and Larry Russell on bass.
As a bassist, Russell was the first member of the first touring band that backed Billy Joel in his solo career and was joined by guitarist Al Hertzberg and drummer Rhys Clark in touring with Joel from 1971 to 1972 to support Joel's Cold Spring Harbor album.

Songs in the Attic

This was the basic lineup for some of Joel's classic albums of the 1970s and 1980s including Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, and Songs in the Attic.
But by the late 1970s, Joel had a fairly consistent touring/recording band and wanted to showcase his songs as played by his band.

Doug Stegmeyer

This line-up included Richie Cannata on saxophones and organ, Liberty DeVitto on drums, Russell Javors on guitar, and Doug Stegmeyer on bass.
Stegmeyer became a core member of Billy Joel's band, playing bass on Joel's studio albums from Turnstiles through The Bridge and on the live albums Songs in the Attic and КОНЦЕРТ.

The Lords of 52nd Street

They officially formed a band, The Lords of 52nd Street, which plays faithful renditions of the original Joel recordings.
The band is led by three former members of the Billy Joel Band: multi-instrumentalist Richie Cannata, drummer/percussionist Liberty DeVitto, and guitarist Russell Javors.

Glass Houses (album)

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This was the basic lineup for some of Joel's classic albums of the 1970s and 1980s including Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, and Songs in the Attic.
This was also the final studio album to feature the original incarnation (Joel, Richie Cannata, Doug Stegmeyer, Russell Javors, & Liberty DeVitto) of the Billy Joel Band.

Crystal Taliefero

He also added the percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Crystal Taliefero who would become a permanent fixture in his band while Stegmeyer was replaced by Schuyler Deale and Joey Hunting played on the album, but Tommy Byrnes joined for the tour.
In 1989 she was hired as a studio musician for the Billy Joel Band, and she has been touring and recording with them ever since.

Storm Front (album)

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But for the 1989 album Storm Front, Joel chose a new producer, Mick Jones (of the band Foreigner), and started to make more significant changes to the band.
Storm Front marked a radical change in Joel's backing band.

Chuck Burgi

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For the 2006 tour, Joel did not invite DeVitto back as drummer after the two became involved in a legal dispute, and the drummer Chuck Burgi (who played in the Broadway production of Movin' Out) replaced DeVitto.
He is the current drummer for The Billy Joel Band.

Mark Rivera

One important addition to the band in 1982 was the replacement of his long-time saxophonist Richie Cannata with Mark Rivera.
Rivera has played with Billy Joel and his band since 1982, replacing Richie Cannata.

Mike DelGuidice

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Michael DelGuidice is an American musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, best known as rhythm guitarist and vocalist of Billy Joel's band, and as the lead vocalist and pianist for the Long Island band Big Shot.

David Rosenthal (musician)

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The 1993 River of Dreams tour saw the addition of David Rosenthal, formerly of Rainbow, on keyboards.
Rosenthal is a member of the Billy Joel Band, as musical director and keyboardist.

Zanzibar (Billy Joel song)

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In 2006, Carl Fischer joined Joel's band as his trumpeter and trombonist for select songs (most notably for the trumpet solos in the song "Zanzibar").
Since 2005 the trumpet solos have been performed by Carl Fischer.

Tom Wolk

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Tom "T-Bone" Wolk joined the band, just for the River of Dreams tour, playing bass guitar, as well as other instruments, including accordion.

Cold Spring Harbor (album)

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Joel's first touring band, formed in 1971 to support the Cold Spring Harbor album, comprised Rhys Clark on drums, Al Hertzberg on guitar, and Larry Russell on bass.

Rhys Clark

Joel's first touring band, formed in 1971 to support the Cold Spring Harbor album, comprised Rhys Clark on drums, Al Hertzberg on guitar, and Larry Russell on bass.

Plainview, New York

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In an online interview, DeVitto describes how Joel's classic late 1970s-early 1980s band first came together: Billy and I used to play the same club in Plainview, Long Island, called My House.

The Hassles

He was 17 and in a band called The Hassles and I was 16 and in a band called The New Rock Workshop.

Piano Man (Billy Joel album)

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In 1974, he was living in Los Angeles and had already released Piano Man and Streetlife Serenade.

Streetlife Serenade

In 1974, he was living in Los Angeles and had already released Piano Man and Streetlife Serenade.

Turnstile

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This was the basic lineup for some of Joel's classic albums of the 1970s and 1980s including Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, and Songs in the Attic. The three of us recorded the basic tracks for Turnstiles and we both recommended Russell Javors and Howie Emerson, who played guitars in Topper and with the addition of Richie Cannata on saxophone, the “Billy Joel Band” was born.