Manny Sousa has been playing the piano since very young. His first interest was ragtime, mostly the work of Scott Joplin and Zez Confrey, the blues and boogie woogie. Since the early 70' the music of Elton John and his piano fascinated him. Today Manny Sousa plays close to 90 Elton John songs including his greatest hits. He played at the Patchuca restaurant in Lisbon, Portugal and in New York City at the Intermezzo in the Upper East Side. Manny also was hired or invited to play in special events such as weddings, receptions, galas and other gatherines in places such as The Plaza Hotel in New York, The Ritz Carlton in Chicago the Hotel Palace the Seteais in Sintra, Portugal. Other musicians and groups he covers includes Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Keith Jarret, Ray Charles, Bee Gees, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Chicago, Willie Nelson, Whitney Huston, Jeffrey Osborne.
With Nigel Olsson and Davey Johnstone. In October 4-6, 2013 I was in Las Vegas for the Elton Expo as well as to attend two Elton John Million Dollar Piano shows at the Caesars Palace. What a show, even better than the Red Piano. At the Expo I met all the EJ band members, the greatest drummer Nigel Olsson, guitarist Davey Johnstone, John Mahon, Kim Bullard and Matt Bissonette. What an awesome experience. As this was not enough I was lucky enough to meet Matt Still the Grammy winning Producer, Engineer and Mixer. Davey Johnstone and his 4 children (out of 9) have their own band, the Magic Johnstone, and played for us. So did Ben Babylon, son of the late Elton John’ band member Guy Babylon. Thank you Kevin for putting together another incredible event. Count me in for the next one.
October 5 , 2013. Davey Johnstone signing the cover of my CD Manny Sousa plays the best of Elton John
Here I am with Matt Still the Grammy winning Producer, Engineer and Mixer.Matt has been working with Elton John fairly regularly. He engineered during the writing stages of Aida, and subsequently worked with Elton on a Dreamworks film called The Road to El Dorado, a musical version of Billy Elliott, and the musical production of The Vampire Lestat. Producer of Elton albums including "Peachtree Road" and "The Captain And The Kid".
Authographed by Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson and John Mahon
Inside CD cover authographed by Matt Still, Kim Bullard and Matt Bissonette
With EJ band member Fred Mandel
How cool is this!!! Signed by all Elton John band members on October 5, 2013 at the Tuscany Suites Hotel in Las Vegas. From left to right: John Mahon, Matt Bissonette, Davey Johnstone, Kim Bullard and Nigel Olsson.
With Keith Hayward - Author of Tin Pan Alley - The Rise of Elton John
If you like piano and Elton John’s music (who doesn’t) you will truly enjoy these powerful and soulful solo piano covers, 17 great Elton John songs from the 1969 Skyline Pigeon to Oceans Away from 2013, as performed by Manny in several venues, currently at Bubala’s By The Bay in Provincetown, MA.
Matt Bissonette the bassist and backing vocalist for the Elton John Band stepping in after the sudden death of Bob Birch