D'Rivera is a best-selling jazz artist with more than thirty solo albums to his credit. He has performed at the White House and the Blue Note. ""My Sax Life"" is the English-language edition of D'Rivera's memoirs, published to acclaim in 1998. D'Rivera recalls his early nightclub appearances as a child, performing with clowns and exotic dancers, as well as his search for artistic freedom in communist Cuba and his hungry explorations of world music after his defection.
Paquito D'Rivera was born in 1948 in Havana, Cuba. His celebrated recordings include the Grammy-winning Historia del Soldado (2003), Brazilian Dreams (2003), Live at the Blue Note (2001), and Portraits of Cuba (1996). He lives in North Bergen, New Jersey.