Richie Vitale

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Richie Vitale (born Sept 23, 1954 in Rochester, NY) is a jazz trumpeter/arranger/composer currently leading his own quintet.


Recently played jazz trumpet in the Broadway show “Come Fly Away” [1] featuring a 19-piece big band playing the music of Frank Sinatra to the dancing of the Twyla Tharp Dance Troup, Richie has recorded his first CD for Gut String Records called “Vitalogy”. Richie 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 has taught Clinics and Master Classes at the Eastman School of Music, instructed the Jazz Ensemble at Long Island University and was Brass Instructor at Manhattan School of Music and Long Island University and is currently teaching jazz trumpet and ensemble at New Jersey City University.

Big Band experience[edit]

Trumpet soloist with Frank Sinatra [2] for five years, he has also performed with such luminaries as Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich, James Taylor and Sting and was featured soloist with the Vanguard Orchestra, the Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, the Basie Band, and the Ellington Band.

Small group experience[edit]

Worked with Frank Wess, Jack Bruce and the Chris Byars Octet.


As leader

  • 1988 Dreamsville
  • 1996 Live at Smalls
  • 2000 Shake It!
  • 2005 New York Salsa
  • 2011 Vitalogy

As sideman

  • 1984 Vertical Currency
  • 1992 Duets 2, Frank Sinatra
  • 2006 The Evening Sound, Neil Minor Sextet
  • 2006 Night Owls, Chris Byars Octet


  1. ^ IBDB The official source for Broadway Information
  2. ^ An article from