David Rosenthal
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David Playing National Anthem Red Sox

David performed the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium in New York for the Yankees / Royals game on July 23, 2023. Click here to see the performance.

Billy Gibbons stopped in for a couple of songs with Billy Joel and his band at the March 26, 2023 Madison Square Garden show. (L-R: David Rosenthal, Tommy Byrnes, Chuck Burgi, Billy Gibbons, Andy Cichon, Crystal Taliefero, Mark Rivera, Billy Joel, Mike DelGuidice).


David with Billy Joel backstage at Madison Square Garden. This photo was to celebrate and promote the release of David's 10th songbook of Billy's sheet music. As posted by Hal Leonard: "When crafting a Hal Leonard title we take pride in working with artists and musical directors to get the details just right. A special thank you to Billy Joel's keyboardist and musical director David Rosenthal for working so diligently to create accurate sheet music for all of Billy’s songs. Ten songbooks are already finished, and there are more still to come as he works his way through Billy’s entire catalog."
These Billy Joel piano/vocal/guitar artist songbooks are available for purchase at the store on this website or wherever Hal Leonard books are sold.

The NYCNext star-studded video of Billy Joel's 'New York State of Mind' won a 2022 New York Emmy® Award!! It was first released on 08/15/21 in a feature presentation on CBS This Morning and subsequently released on social media. David recalls, "It was a thrill to co-produce the recording along with Tom Kitt and Scott Riesett for NYCNext.org and an honor to play keyboards and appear in the video along with so many amazing performers including Idina Menzel, Sara Bareilles, Stephen Colbert, Cautious Clay, Kelli O’Hara, Suzanne Vega, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Joan Osborne, LaChanze, The Klezmatics, Alexa Ray Joel and many more! Thanks to everyone who made this possible!!" Click here to watch the video.

David is currently working on Billy Joel's entire sheet music catalog and River of Dreams has just been released! It's the 10th book in the series and The Bridge will be the next release. The Nylon Curtain, Greatest Hits Volume I & II, Piano Man, Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, An Innocent Man and Storm Front are also available and all of these books can be ordered on this website. Click here for Keyboard Magazine's review of the Piano Man songbook.

David is currently performing with Billy Joel as his musical director and keyboardist. The record breaking tour includes monthly performances at the iconic Madison Square Garden for as long as there is demand. Some of the unannounced guests that have stopped by to perform with Billy and the band include Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Jon Bon Jovi, Olivia Rodrigo, Miley Cyrus, Tony Bennett, Sting, Mick Jones & Lou Gramm, Steve Miller, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, John Mayer, Richie Sambora, Itzhak Perlman and Chick Corea. Click here for a list of upcoming shows. Setlists will be posted as soon as possible after each show.

David donated his MiniMoog Model D from Rainbow days to the Bob Moog Foundation 2022 raffle. Special thanks to Billy Joel for signing it! Congrats to Jack McGaughey for winning it! Click to watch David’s promo video for the MiniMoog raffle.


Roland did a feature interview with David about his career and long history using Roland gear. The article, "David Rosenthal: Always in a New York State of Mind" is posted on Roland's website.

David Playing National Anthem Red Sox

Rolling Stone interviewed David as part of their Unknown Legends series. The interview series features long-form conversations with veteran musicians who have toured and recorded alongside icons for years, if not decades. The artists tell their complete stories, giving an up-close look at life on music’s A list. Read more at Rolling Stone.

David Playing National Anthem Red Sox

David plays a song he wrote called “Contemporary Insanity” from his 2004 album ‘The Muse Awakens’ with progressive rock band Happy The Man. Dave is playing all his keyboard parts live along with the other recorded parts from the album. Click here to see the performance.

David spoke on a panel with Billy Joel before an audience of local educators at the Long Island High School for the Arts in Syosset, NY on November 12, 2019. The purpose of the event was to discuss and promote the importance of an education in the arts.

David’s series of MasterClass lectures at Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins will continue through the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters. He also participated in the Dean's Symposium with Dean Fred Bronstein on December 4, 2019.

David Playing National Anthem Red Sox

David performed the National Anthem at Fenway Park in Boston for the World Series champion Red Sox on September 24, 2018. Click here to see the performance.

David Interview

Billy Joel played his 100th lifetime show at Madison Square Garden on July 18, 2018. David and other band members were interviewed by Madison Square Garden. Click here to watch the interview

David Rosenthal on Keyboard Magazine with Billy Joel

David was on the cover of the July 2016 issue of Keyboard Magazine along with Billy Joel. The cover story includes an interview and a complete description of David's current touring keyboard rig. Click here to see the cover story.

David's Keyboard Rigs

Keyboard Magazine posted a web feature on David's keyboard rigs as they evolved throughout the years. Starting with his first keyboard rig from 1982 with Rainbow all the way up to and including his current setup with Billy Joel. The feature is now on this website in a new section called Keyboard Rigs Throughout the Years.

Happy the Man CD

Happy the Man's latest album, titled "The Muse Awakens" has received rave reviews internationally. The album was mixed by Eric Schilling at Sonic Adventures Studio. The CD is currently available on this website.

Red Dawn CD

Red Dawn's critically acclaimed CD, Never Say Surrender, is available on this website via PayPal. Click here to order the CD.

Be sure to check the news section to learn more about what David's doing now and the sound clips section to listen to some of his best keyboard solos.

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