Diego Rivera has been called, "A bright, new voice on the saxophone whose sound emerges from the echoes of the past." In 1999, Rivera toured nationally with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra for their Big Band '99 U.S. tour. Rivera has also toured with internationally renowned bassist, Rodney Whitaker, former member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Rivera has performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Art Tatum Toledo Jazz Festival, Idlewild Jazz Festival and Lansing Jazz Festival.
In 2002, Rivera accepted as position as Instructor of Jazz Saxophone and Improvisation at Michigan State University