BM, The Hartt School, University of Hartford
MM, State University of New York at Purchase
East Coast guitarist Rich Goldstein is known for his grooving hard bop style with a modern tinge. Some of his main influences on the instrument are Wes Mongomery, Jim Hall, Joe Diorio, and Randy Johnston. He has appeared with a wide range of musicians including, Andy Laverne, Charles Flores, Horacio Hernandez, Steve Davis, Houston Person, Reverend Hubert Powell, Jesse Hameen II, Jaimoe, Randy Johnston and many others at jazz venues including Birdland, the Berklee Performance Center, The Jazz Gallery, and Smalls. He has appeared at festivals such as The Atlanta jazz Fest, The Cancun Jazz Fest, and The Festival of Arts and Ideas. He has recorded as a sideman with Charles Flores, Rob Zappulla, Larry Derdeyn (Lingo), Ed Fast and Conga Bop, and Jim Argiro, as well as a number of other studio dates.
As a leader Rich recorded and produced “Comin’ from Montgomery”, a tribute to the Montgomery brothers (2008), “Effervescent” with Andy LaVerne (piano), Steve LaSpina (bass), Anthony Pinciotti (drums), and Billy Drewes (Sax) (2011). Presently he is working to finish a co-produced project with Jesse Hameen II (drums), Kris Jensen (Sax), and Brian Charette (organ). Rich is in demand as an educator and holds positions as professor of jazz guitar at the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, Central and Southern Connecticut State Universities, is involved with various jazz camps including the “Litchfield Jazz Camp”, and performs a number of lectures and master classes yearly . Rich keeps a busy schedule as a jazz educator, freelance guitarist, composer and recording artist, group leader and organizer, member of the CT Guitar Society, the Jazz Society, Jazz Ed Network (Jen) and AAUP. Rich received his initial training at The Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz and completed his masters in jazz studies at Purchase College in New York.