Born in Rochester, New York on September 23 (also John Coltrane’s birthday) Richie Vitale played with Miles Davis’ drummer, Philly Joe Jones at the early age of sixteen.
Richie’s newest CD “Vitalogy” attests to a mature and elegant voice matched with emotion and brilliance. Vitalogy is a beautiful recording, one that will find a place in the regular rotation of your playlist.
Richie has performed with such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich, James Taylor and Sting. More currently he was the jazz trumpet in the Broadway show “Come Fly Away” featuring a 19-piece big band playing the music of Sinatra to the dancing of the Twyla Tharp Dance Troup.
He has led his jazz quintet on tours of Europe, Japan, Korea, the Middle East, San Francisco and LA and frequently appears in clubs throughout the New York Metropolitan area.
Richie is currently teaching at NJCU and also teaches privately and online using Skype.