Richie has been playing guitar for over 58 years. He has been a Jazz musician for 52 years of his playing. He was the head of the Jazz Department at Western Connecticut State University for six years and presently is a professor at Berklee College of Music for the last 20 years. He has been awarded a Bachelor of Music in Education and a Masters of Arts of Teaching. Over the course of his teaching, Richie has established advanced courses on the playing style of Wes Montgomery and George Benson. He has a unique style of teaching, connecting the ears to the musical vocabulary required to be a Jazz musician . Richie has performed with many musicians including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, Don Patterson, Tal Farlow, just to mention a few. He has recorded 11 of his own albums/CD's over his career.