Jeff Richman's extensive professional background includes performing on guitar, composing, arranging and recording music in many genres, and teaching in academic and private settings. He has produced 16 solo albums and toured worldwide with notable musicians over a 35-year career.
Jeff is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. As a student, he studied privately with Pat Metheny, Mick Goodrick and William Levitt and was influenced by talented classmates Mike Stern, Bill Frissel, Al DiMeola and Vinnie Colaiuta to name a few. After graduating, he lived and performed in New York City where he was further influenced by attending live performances of renowned legends Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Charlie Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Charlie Haden, Joe Zawinul, Wayne
Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Keith Jarret, Gil Evans, Chet Baker, McCoy Tyner, Joe Pass, Cannonball Adderley and Jim Hall. These
early influences inspired Jeff and helped him to develop his own voice while striving to make his original compositions meaningful, purposeful, and with an honesty that comes from his heart.
While in New York City Jeff performed with renowned Puerto Rican Conga
player, Ray Barretto and composed four songs and performed guitar solos on Barretto's album "Can You Feel It" in 1978. He later toured in the US with Flora Purim and Airto and played in live venues with several well-known artists such as Tom Harrel, Chico Hamilton, Deodato, Blood Sweat and Tears, Willie Bobo and Gerry Mulligan.
In 1979 Jeff moved to Los Angeles and toured with Ronnie Laws and Doc Severnson’s band. The LA scene provided further opportunity to play with and record alongside talented artists such as Ernie Watts, Harvey Mason, T Lavitz, John Klemmer, Alfonse Mouzon, Henry Mancini, Mark Isham, Robbie Krieger and M’shell Ndugucello. Jeff wrote and produced hundreds of “library music” cuts in numerous genres which are played regularly on TV shows throughout the world. Jeff has performed on a multitude of television and film projects, the most recent of which was under the direction of award-winning composer Jeff Beal for the film "Appaloosa" with actor Ed Harris.
As Producer, Arranger and performing artist under the Tone Center record label, Jeff recorded and released 6 CD projects paying tribute to Santana, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Steely Dan, Miles Davis, Jeff Beck, and John Coltrane. Each CD showcases Jeff and other world class guitarists including Mike Stern, Robben Ford, John Scofield, . . . .
Recently in 2009, Jeff performed with Billy Cobham at the "Days of Art" jazz festival in Austria and alongside Yellowjackets members Russell Ferrante, William Kennedy and Jimmy Haslip in Mumbai, India. He also performed and taught in Athens, Greece, and Scandanavia.
To date, Jeff has produced and released 16 solo albums. His first was "Himalaya" in 1986. The latest, "Like That" is a collection of new and original compositions and will release in August 2010. "LIKE THAT" features Alex Acuna, Vinnie Colauita, Mitchel Forman, Larry Goldings, Steve Hass, Deron Johnson, William Kennedy, Neils Stubenhaus and Dean Taba.
VintageGuitar.com Interview! From VintageGuitar.com: “Jeff Richman - The Royal Dan Plan Man” - By Ann Wickstrom.
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A new interview! A new interview from All About Jazz: “The Royal Dan: A Tribute” - By John Kelman.
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A new interview! A new interview from All About Jazz: “Jeff Richman: Solo Artist, Entrepreneur, or Chatterbox?” - By Phil DiPietro. Link to Interview
Studio / Live Appearances:John Abercrombie, Mesh’el Ndegeocello, Alex Acuna, Wayne Johnson, Airto, Kashif, Ray Barretto, Eartha Kitt, Jeff Berlin, John Klemmer, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Ronnie Laws, Willie Bobo, T Lavitz, Billy Cobham, Steve Lukather, Christopher Cross, Eric Marienthal, Al Dimeola, Gerry Mulligan, Deodato, Flora Purim, Frank Gambale, Lou Rawls, Danny Gottlieb, John Scofield, Don Grusin, Doc Severinsen, Scott Henderson, Ricardo Silviera, Mark Isham, Steve Smith, Joffrey Ballet, Mike Stern, Alfonso Johnson, Mitchel Forman, Brian Bromberg, Ernie Watts, Henry Mancini, Alfonse Mouzon, Manhattan Transfer, Jeff Beal, Harvey Mason, Tiger Okoshi, Cliff Richard, B.B. King, Gary Novak, Ivan Neville, Hubert Laws, Dave Liebman and James Genus. Back To Top
As Producer/Arranger (Tone Center Records)To Beck and Back - Tribute to Jeff Beck Viva Carlos - Tribute to Carlos Santana The Royal Dan - Tribute to Steely Dan Fusion For Miles - Tribute to Miles Davis Vision Of An Inner Mounting Apocalypse - Tribute to the Mahavishnu Orchestra A Guitar Supreme - Tribute to John Coltrane back to top
Solo CD’s Aqua (Nefer 2008) Recollection (Nefer 2006) Chatterbox (Ascending Records 2005) One Two (Nefer 2003) Trio Loco [w/ Jimmy Haslip & Danny Gottlieb] (EFA 2001) Apache [duo w/ Wayne Johnson] (Miramar 1999) Sand Dance (Alchemy 1998) Last Arrival (Lipstick 1996) The Blue Heart (Lipstick 1994) The Way In (MGI 1991)
Fingerpaints (MGI 1990) People Like Us (ITI/Capitol 1989) Himalaya (Passport 1987) back to top
Other CD AppearancesT Lavitz: "T Lavitz and the Bad Habitz" (Intima/EMI); "Mood Swing" (Nova); "From The West" (Passport); "Gossip" (Wildcat)
Robbie Krieger, "Psychodelicate"
Steve Smith "Global Beat" (Colombia) Tom Coster "TC" (Fantasy) Ivan Neville
Cliff Richard "Cliff Richard" 1998 (EMI) *Platinum CD Irren Ist Mannlich [Featured soloist] (BMG) Ray Barretto "Can You Feel It" (Atlantic) back to top
Television / Movies (Partial List)"Apaloosa" (New Line Cinema) "Flirting With Forty" (Peace Out Productions) "The Deal" (Muse Entertainment) Boomtown (NBC) Beethoven 3 & 4 (Ludwig Productions) The Hollywood Sign (Senator Film Productions) America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) Never Ending Story (Warner Bros.) Son In Law (Feature Film) That Thing You Do (Feature Film) *certified gold Irrin Ist Manlich (BMG) Ladykiller (Showtime) Rave Review (Feature Film) Darkwing Duck (Disney) Murder 101 (USA) Getting Even (HBO) Unatural Causes (NBC) Animal Crackups (ABC) Reebok National Aerobic Championships State Park (Feature Film) Pass The Ammo (Feature Film) Nowhere To Run (Feature Film) The Fence (Feature Film) Robin’s Hoods (Fox TV) The Client (ABC) Toyota Jingles The Muppets Tracey Ullman Showback to top