Richie Beirach

Richie in NYC apartment July 1976. (Getty Images)

Having been an educator for most of his life, Richie has much to share. His knowledge and passion for music has given birth to numerous books, videos, and other educational pieces on a wide range of topics. His lifelong friends Randy Brecker and Dave Liebman said it best about Richie…

Teaching and Learning Jazz

From tradition to technology: A frank appraisal of jazz education

Within this book discover the 100-year evolution of jazz education, the makings for an effective teacher, the realities of a university education and how best to choose the right school, the technologies that are shaping the direction of jazz, the psychological process of learning a complex skill like music, a no-holds-barred review of the movie Whiplash, and the future Richie see for this music.

Three more books for playing and understanding jazz

Experience Richie’s unique style of teaching and conveying his knowledge of jazz in these three remarkable books.

Explore and share these free resources

Download these gems of Richie’s knowledge as PDFs transcribed and edited from private conversations. Each are free downloads as Richie’s contribution to the students and scholars of jazz. Mouse over each image to read the preview and download the piece.

Read these on your phone

Unlike PDFs, these are developed for your phone. Just click and read. 

The Music of Richie Beirach, Vol. 1

A published collection of nearly 40 of Richie’s compositions. Includes two versions for three tunes (“Broken Wing,” “Leaving” with Lyrics, and “Nitelake”), a selected discography, and a short explanation of each tune. Also included are select reproductions of Richie’s hand-written leadsheets as previewed below.

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