Learn more about the other members that comprise the Alex Rivera Quintet. It is an honor and a privilege to play with such an outstanding group of musicians.
SPENSER LISZT, TENOR SAXOPHONE
Protruding from an entirely non-musical family, saxophonist Spenser Liszt has followed his dreams of performing professionally. As a native of Dallas, Texas, Liszt showed interest in music at an early age learning violin and piano before taking up saxophone in 1999. Liszt studied classical saxophone with Don Fabian at Southern Methodist University, while simultaneously learning the workings of jazz with trumpeter Akira Sato. In 2008, he transferred to the University of North Texas to pursue a musically competitive lifestyle.
Liszt holds a Master of Music in jazz studies at the University of North Texas under the apprenticeship of Brad Leali. Liszt has performed with well-known artists such as Aretha Franklin, Miles Okazaki, John Clayton, Terrell Stafford, Peter Erskine, Frank Wess, Wayne Bergeron, Dennis DiBlasio, Brad Leali, Shelley Carrol, Roger Boykin, Lars Jansson, Akira Sato, Stefan Karlsson, Steve Wiest, Frank Mantooth and world-renowned nu metal band Korn.
MIKE GARVEY, PIANO
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mike Garvey is a graduate of the University of California. He has been based in the DFW area since 1998 and has been playing professionally for over 30 years. He was the featured pianist at Nordstrom’s for four years. Prior to moving to the DFW area, Mike was active in the music scenes of Nashville and New Orleans. He spent three years on staff at RCA Records while in Nashville.
WILLIE WRINKLE, BASS
Willie Wrinkle is software developer by day and a bassist at night. While fluent in many programming languages, Willie is also fluent in many styles of music. A graduate of the University of North Texas and The Paris Conservatory, In addition to playing with the Quartet/Quintet, Willie can be found around town playing at clubs, restaurants, pit orchestras and private events. He also runs his own band which plays original music.
PAUL PIPER, DRUMS
Drummer, composer, teacher and family man, Paul has a musical background that began at age 7. Born in Los Angeles, he began playing in bands with his parents in the 1960’s. By age 16, Paul was performing professionally and has opened for some of the biggest names in the industry – Tanya Tucker, Reba McEntire, Earl Klugh, Percy Sledge, The Mac Band, Jeffery Osborne, KC & the Sunshine Band, The Dixie Chicks, The Vocal Majority, John Davidson, Herman’s Hermits, BTO, the late legendary Lou Rawls and Nashville recording artist, Willie Mack.