Rich Tortorigi

Hello, Thank you for stopping by my corner of the web.

I enjoy playing drums now just as much as I did when I was a kid. I began playing in 3rd grade. I hope you enjoy this sampling of music and visiting my web site.

While attending Berklee my then girl friend said that If I didn't sign up to sit in with Rahsaan Roland Kirk that she was going home without me, so ... the 1st guy (to sit in on sax) was thrown off the stage and verbally humiliated by Mr Kirk (I thought he was pretty damn good) I was next ... I was so afraid of getting chewed up, I wanted to run. A few bars into a blistering fast be bop tune, he turned to me & yelled "Off the bass drum", then about a day later (really about 30 minutes) he asked who I was and said, Lets have a hand for Richie. That was at The Jazz Work Shop Boston.

I've also jammed with Frank Zappa and bassist Jim Fielder of BS&T with Otis Spann on piano at some club in the Village NY, NY. in the middle of the night. It was after Otis Spann's late night Show. In those days the music went till 4am and for some reason we stayed up all night.

I have three wonderful children and three fantastic grand children who have enriched my life beyond measure. Now I am fortunate to be back enjoying the great State of Connecticut and playing drums all over again. I think i'm finally finding my stride.

Getting the Hang of it,
I'm finding the groove.

I feel so blessed to have played with such great musicians and made such good friends in the process

Some of the Great Musicians & Bands I have been honored to have played drums with:

  • at 15, The Hi Tones
  • at 16, The Mantiques
  • New Britain High, Golden Hurricane Marching Ban
  • Charisma (Roulette Records, now property of Warner Music Group)
  • Wounded Bird Records
  • Chubby Checker
  • Jackie Wilson
  • The Five Satins
  • Screaming Jay Hawkins
  • Jay and the Americans
  • The Outsiders
  • Three's Company
  • Lester Lanin Orchestra's
  • Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra
  • Marshal Grant Orchestra
  • Five o'Clock Shadow Big Band
  • Ray Zeiner
  • Matt Zeiner
  • Grayson Hugh
  • Paul Brown
  • Warren Bird
  • Saskia Laroo
  • Carol Fredette
  • Bob Kobus
  • Tom Majeski
  • The Cartells
  • Joe Grieco
  • Paul Fuller
  • Dave Dana
  • Frank Axtell
  • Frank Varella
  • Bob Mocarsky

I also Jammed with Clarence Clemons, Hammond B3 legends, Dr. Lonnie Smith & Jimmy McGriff and I've sat in with Gary Burton & Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Laco Deczi, Martina Fiserova, Karen Frisk, and more.

Professional Music Education:

  • Berklee College of Music, Arranging & Composition.
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University, Music Education.
  • Private studies at Berklee with Alan Dawson, Hartford Conservatory of Music with Frank Vanissiano and Ed Serissli
  • My friend & Funkadelic / Parliament Drummer, Tyrone Lampkin, and the greatest Big band drummer Duffy Jackson.
  • I currently teach drums privately at The Madison Academy of Music. Madison Ct.

I am currently playing with the following bands:

  • The Zingerz
  • The Claymation Jazz Quartet
  • Liquid Groove
  • Jazz Quartet
  • Backwoods Zydeco
  • Riverside Riot
  • SoundPeace
  • Madison Project
  • Riff
  • Kevin Ryan & Friends
  • Ernest Song
  • Tall Horses

and freelance with various musicians.

Both "Charisma" Albums have been rereleased on Wounded Bird Records, a Warner Music Group Subsidiary.