Born: July 29, 1952
Charley studied privately with Jazz notables Joe Monk and Harry Leahy. At Stony Brook, he focused on composition, studied with Peter Winkler and Richard Dyer-Bennet and then spent a year at Berklee College of Music. After college he played the club scene in NYC, performed for impresario Sid Bernstein, studied classical guitar with Jerry Willard and took a fascinating lesson with Ralph Towner.
Charley has played with many bands and done solo gigs such as opening up the first 20th Century Classic American Guitar Show on Long Island. He spent several years prior to this new CD performing and recording with the Long Island group, Sun, Moon and Stars.
- G&L ASAT Classic III
- G&L ASAT Deluxe semi-hollow
- Martin HD28
- Kim Griffin OM
- Guild F212XL
- Traveler Guitar
- Laney VC30 210
- Fender Champ 12
- Fishman LoudBox 100
A unique guitarist/composer
Charley Rich’s new CD, “By Myself” is, as Frank Zappa used
to refer to himself, by “a composer who plays the guitar.”
Zappa was a distinctive guitarist, and so is Charley. At
times you can hear echoes of Joe Pass, John Mclaughlin,
Jerry Garcia and Ralph Towner, to name but a few of
Charley’s sonic influences, and yet, you always know it’s
Charley, from the first note. When a composer plays all the
instruments as Charley does here, you get a real window into
the mind and ear of the composer.
Charley is a poignant melodist, something you rarely hear in