Hartford based guitarist Rich Goldstein received his initial training at the Hartt school's Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz and completed his masters in jazz studies at Purchase College in New York .Rich plays in a grooving hard bop style with a modern tinge. Some of his main influences on the instrument are Wes Mongomery, Jim Hall, Joe Diorio, and Randy Johnston. He has appeared with a wide range of musicians including, Andy Laverne, Charles Flores, Horacio Hernandez, Houston Person, Reverend Hubert Powell, and Randy Johnston at jazz venues including Birdland, the Berklee Performance Center, The Jazz Gallery, and Smalls. He has appeared at festivals such as The Atlanta jazz Fest(2001), The Cancun Jazz Fest(2002),The Festival of Arts and Ideas(2003), The International jazz Fest (2004), and The Sunken Garden Poetry Fest (2005).He has recorded with Charles Flores, Rob Zappulla, and Larry Derdeyn (Lingo),as well as a number of studio dates .His first C.D. as a leader "Comin' from Montgomery", a tribute to the Montgomery brothers, was released in 2008. In 2011 Rich recorded material for a new record entitled "Effervescent" with Andy LaVerne (piano), Steve LaSpina (bass) and Anthony Pinciotti (drums) , and a guest appearance by saxophone veteran Billy Drewes. Rich is professor of jazz guitar at the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music, Central and Southern Connecticut State Universities and performs a number of lectures and master classes yearly. He can presently be found leading his own group, as a co-leader in a quartet with Andy LaVerne, and as a member of the Jim Argiro Quintet.