My name is Rich Flamini - I play drums.
My passion for playing drums began when I was about 8 years old, when I would drive my parents crazy by banging on chairs, paint cans, and fomica counter tops all the time. My father, Rudolph Flamini - introduced me to big band jazz music around this time. Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Duke Ellington made up a huge part of my "listening" at this age. Dad always spoke of this tremendous drummer named Gene Krupa, and told me of how he blew away every other drummer that he had ever heard.
...Hearing the Krupa drum solo on the 1938 live version of "Sing, Sing, Sing" - I believed him.
Started my formal percussion instruction with Angelo "Buz" Marino at age 10. Buz was also a jazz/big-band enthusiast - and began working on my jazz chops. We eventually worked on many styles and genres of music together. Buz guided me musically - and personally for the 12 years I studied with him. He is a great teacher, and a positive role model in my life.
In 1978, I started taking classes at Glassboro State College (now Rowan) in music theory, and percussion performance. Although this formal education was short-lived - the musical knowledge I gained there still serves me well to this day.
Afterglow was the first "real band" I was part of. From 1977 until 1980, we played countless weddings, parties, and small events.
During this time, (around 1979) I did a brief stint with the disco band Fire and Ice. This was a full-time gig, and we played some of the premier Philly-area based clubs at the time.
From 1979 until 1983 - I started writing, performing, and actually living with the band Crossroads. This was a very creative and "growing" period of my life. We focused mainly on progressive rock, and were labeled as being similar to bands like Styx, Boston, and Kansas. Crossroads performed at local hot spots like Grendel's Lair, The E-Street Cafe', and The Galaxy. My first bonafied recording: Lights in the Sky - was the first full-length project I ever worked on. ...(and it was on vinyl!).
I continue to create music with Crossroads members Steve and Ron Goldhahn to this day, with the unplugged trio: The Goldpickers.
The Cartridge Family was a metal-based project that I was involved with in the late 1990's. We recorded one release, entitled Reunion.
ptM was my next project, and we performed at numerous local bars and clubs in the late 1990's/early 2000's. We were labeled a "progressive rock/blues" band, and had one recording: Diversions, which was released in 2000.
The Sea Turtles were formed in 2004, and were a jazz-driven surf band. We performed at some excellent venues such as Otto's Shrunken Head in New York City, the Avalon Beach in Jersey, and Two Boots in Bridgeport, CT. We had two full-length recordings: The Sea Turtles, and Head Above Water. Head Above Water was mixed by Grammy-Award winning Engineer Glenn Barratt. We were also signed for a CD distribution deal with Deep Eddy Records, in Austin TX.
In 2009, I made contact, and was accepted by a tight network of musicians who congregate at The Bus Stop Music Cafe' - which provides some of the best live entertainment in the Philly/Jersey area. From this network, I have performed gigs with Calico Fields, The Larry Geiger Jazz Ensemble, The Missing Keys, Pinewolf and The Pack, and - most notably - The Brownies.
The Brownies are a jammy, blusey, composition-based band that is one of the most creative projects I have ever been involved with. I performed on four of their CDs: People Tell Me, Button Zane, Owens Lake, and Done Nothing Wrong.
In 2011, I secured a drumming position with Bill Haley Jr. and The Comets.
We have performed nationally and internationally, including shows in New Zealand, Vegas, Orlando, Biloxi, and Miami. Here's a shot from a Vegas show at The Suncoast Casino:
Please contact me if you are interested in collaborating on a musical project together, whether it be studio or live.
FINAL NOTE: In all of my lifetime, I have never heard, or have been influenced more by any other drummer than my mentor - Gene Krupa.
...Thanks, Dad - You were right about him. :-)