A native of Brooklyn, Rich got his first guitar from King James Music on Flatbush Avenue on his 10th birthday,
a six string Giannini, which soon became a five string , then a four string. At 15 he began to take music more seriously
and joined the the band Get Out of Bed as the bass player. The band was part of the early 80's downtown scene playing
at CBGB, RT Firefly, Great Gildersleeves, Pyramid Club and the like. As time went on he began to see himself as more
of a songwriter, and with a spec deal at Sound Track Studio and his new band Circle of Fifth's, began to show case his
song writing abilities. In the 90's he formed another Band, The DT'S, and in 1993 released their eponymous CD.
Although the CD got good college and local radio play and some good press, the band eventually fell apart. In the
the mid 90's he began to become more appreciative of the American Song Book, particularly the bare bones
interpretations of artist like Nat Cole,Chet Baker, Julie London and Sarah Vaughn, while at the same time finding that people like
John Pizzarelli and Diana Krall were keeping that tradition alive. Mostly self taught, he decided to take advantage of
the great guitar teachers that NYC has to offer and got a few lessons from Ken Hatfield, Peter Mazza and one
classical teacher Shogo Kubo. Rich will be playing around NYC to promote the CD, so look for his appearances on his website!