Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Joel discovered his fascination with music at age 6 on a trip to the music store with his grandfather. Initially a student of the piano, Joel began playing drums in the school band at age 10. At the same time, he began studying with the legendary Elliot Fine (author of “Four Way Coordination”). Elliot quickly recognized Joel’s talent and acted as a teacher/mentor to Joel throughout college. During his academic career, Joel studied with Marv Dahlgren (co-author of “Four Way Coordination”) and Gordy Knudtson (The Steve Miller Band). In college, Joel studied Jazz and Music Theory at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Joel’s early professional career was spent traveling the United States and the globe with (Elektra Recording Artists) Tina and the B-Side Movement, (Warner Brothers Recording Artists) Molly and the Heymakers, (Arista Recording Artist) Shannon Curfman (guitarist for Kid Rock), and (Tone Cool Recording Artist) Bernard Allision. He has performed at The South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX, The Swiss Country Music Festival in Bern, Switzerland, The Byron Bay Blues Festival in Byron Bay, Australia, as well as touring extensively throughout Germany and Belgium.
Joel migrated to Las Vegas in 2001, immediately landing the drum chair in the house band at the Blue Note.
In 2004, Joel created and was the host drummer for the long-running Hurricane Jam Session in Las Vegas, where he played alongside a constant stream of extraordinary musicians including, Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones), Billy Peterson (Steve Miller Band), members of the Gladys Knight Band, the Barry Manilow Band, Havana Night Club, the Frankie Valli Band, The Clint Holmes Band and The Danny Gans Band.
Joel’s career also includes performances with Dave Brubeck, Ronnie Foster, John Novello (Niacin), The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Jeff Healey Band, Bob Berg, Regis Philbin, The Drifters, The Platters, The Coasters, and Bowser (Sha-Na-Na). He has performed in Las Vegas productions of “Mamma Mia,” “The Soprano’s Last Supper,” “Five Guys Named Moe,” “Nunsense,” “Tease,” and countless others.
Currently, Joel has been working with film composer David Reynolds recording drum tracks for movie trailers.
http://music.selectracks.com/#label?l=226&page=albums. In addition, Joel can be seen on and off the Las Vegas Strip with his band “The Joel Richman Group, ” and many others.
Recently, Joel created InterPLAYEvents, www.interplayevents.com to foster discussions and create events that enhance communication between musicians.
He endorses Agner Drumsticks and Paiste Cymbals.