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For Immediate Release October XX, 2013
Improvisation Lessons to get In The Pocket
with sax legend Richie Cannata

New York, NY — Richie Cannata, Billy Joel’s long-time saxophonist, teams up with in-demand drummer, Sean Kennedy, to stretch your improvisation skills and get you to that perfect groove with a series of books for all instruments called In the Pocket.

In the Pocket includes charts from nine songs on Mr. Cannata's self-titled CD in a variety of styles, each clearly notated with melodies, chords, and scale forms, with space for improv and solos. Each piece also has a theory worksheet for deeper understanding of techniques.

The included DVD is what makes In the Pocket stand out from other improv lesson books. Recorded in a state-of-the-art studio, it features Richie Cannata, Julio Fernandez, and Sean J. Kennedy in a round-table discussion giving background and playing tips for each piece. The MP3 accompanying play-along tracks feature top-tier musicians such as Joel Rosenblatt on drums, Chris Clark on keys, Gene Perez on bass, Chris Palmaro on B3 organ, Don Harrison trumpet, Ozzie Melendez on trombone, and Louisito on percussion, letting you "sit in" with some of the best in the industry.

Randy Brecker, Grammy winning trumpet and flugelhorn player, says of the series, “Here is a great new play-along book--very well done and fun to play along with!"

In the Pocket is available for any instrument in C, Eb, Bb, and bass clef and can be enjoyed by soloists or small ensembles. This new series is available now through Carl Fischer Music, or your favorite music retailer.

C Instruments
Book & data CD
WF143 - $14.99
Bb Instruments
Book & data CD
WF144 - $14.99
Eb Instruments
Book & data CD
WF145 - $14.99
Bass Instruments
Book & data CD
WF146 - $14.99

Richie Cannata has worked with Billy Joel, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, the Beach Boys, and Bernie Williams, to name a few. Born and raised in Brooklyn then Long Island, he has music in his blood. Richie Cannata studied classical piano growing up, but doesn’t stop there—he also studied the clarinet, flute, keyboards, and saxophone, with the tenor saxophone being his forte. In his 20’s Richie performed and toured with Billy Joel, often returning to perform, most recently on the New Years Eve 2000 Millennium Show at Madison Square Garden and a 12 show run in 2006. During the mid 1990’s Richie toured with the Beach Boys, appearing on the hit sitcom Full House with the band. He recently also contributed to Brian Wilson’s new CD.

Richie’s musical work can be heard in the motion pictures Remo Williams –The Adventure Begins and Slaves of New York. Richie’s extensive work behind the scenes in music lead him to open Cove City Sound Studios a state of the art recording studio in Glen Cove, NY he co-owns with his son, Eren Cannata. Richie currently is working on many production projects at Cove City Sound Studios in addition to hosting Monday Night Jams at the Bitter End. In 2011 Richie released his debut solo album, Richie Cannata, sold online now.

Sean J. Kennedy is equally at home on the concert stage or in the teaching studio. His drumset playing has been described as, “…very soulful,” by renowned bassist Will Lee, and jazz legend Dave Brubeck stated that Sean’s drumming, “… sounds like it should-- it swings!” To date, The Sean J. Kennedy Quartet has released two critically acclaimed CDs: Road to Wailea and Queen Anne’s Revenge. Due to the success of these recordings the quartet has performed on NBC television and was invited to open for Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Because of his versatility, Kennedy has also been able to record and perform with some of the world’s top jazz, classical and rock musicians, including Will Lee, Bob Mintzer, Jerry Vivino, Eric Marienthal, Tommy Tallarico, Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata, Ricky Byrd, Donald Nally, and the late Dr. Frederick Fennell.

When not recording and performing with his own group, Kennedy is a busy freelance drumset and percussion artist. He has been the principal drumset player with The Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale since 2005, and can be heard on their CD, Celebrate the Sounds of the Season, and seen performing with them on Good Morning America. Other prestigious venues which Kennedy has performed at include The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C, Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, in New York City, The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Anaheim, California, at Disneyland, The Electric Factory, World Café Live, Chris’ Jazz Café, and The Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kennedy’s pedagogical pursuits include writing two drumset method books with rock drumming legend Liberty DeVitto. He has also been commissioned on multiple occasions by PMEA to compose regional and state-level percussion audition compositions for unaccompanied snare drum, mallet percussion and timpani.

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