Richard B. Boone
Richard Bently Boone was an American
United States
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 jazz musician and scat singer
Scat singing
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Born in Little Rock, Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas
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, Richard Boone sang in his Baptist
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 church choir as a boy, then began playing the trombone
The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. Like all brass instruments, sound is produced when the player’s vibrating lips cause the air column inside the instrument to vibrate...

 at the age of twelve. He served with the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1953 where he played trombone in a military band. Out of the Army, he returned to Little Rock to study music at Philander Smith College
Philander Smith College
Philander Smith College is a private, historically black college that is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is located in Little Rock, Arkansas. The student body averages around 850 attendees, with around 30% of that figure attending part time. Although known historically as a school...

. In 1956 Boone moved to Los Angeles
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 where he played venues with other jazz musicians such as Dolo Coker
Dolo Coker
Charles Mitchell “Dolo” Coker Charles Mitchell “Dolo” Coker Charles Mitchell “Dolo” Coker (November 16, 1927 – April 13, 1983 was a jazz pianist and composer who recorded four albums for Xanadu Records and extensively as a sideman, for artists like Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Lou Donaldson, Art...

, Sonny Criss
Sonny Criss
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, and Derek Gordon.

Boone worked in the backup band for Della Reese
Della Reese
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 between 1962 and 1966 then became a member of the Count Basie
Count Basie
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 band. In 1970 he followed other African-American jazz musicians such as pianist
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 Kenny Drew
Kenny Drew
Kenneth Sidney "Kenny" Drew was an American jazz pianist.-Biography:Born in New York City, New York, he first recorded with Howard McGhee in 1949, and over the next two years recorded with Buddy DeFranco, Coleman Hawkins, Milt Jackson, Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, and Dinah Washington...

 and saxophonist
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 Ben Webster
Ben Webster
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, and moved permanently to Copenhagen
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, Denmark
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In 1973 Boone was hired to play with the Danish Radio Big Band
DR Big Band
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 where he performed until 1986. Using Denmark as a home base, Boone was able to tour Europe
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In 1998 Boone issued his final album called "Tribute to Love." It was backed by two other American transplants along with a Danish vocalist and musicians.

"A Tribute to Love" Album credits:
  • Richard Boone - Vocals
  • Carsten Dahl
    Carsten Dahl
    Carsten Dahl is a Danish Jazz pianist. "Dahl is a truly great pianist" Chris Mosey said, in his All About Jazz review of Dahl's CD In Our Own Sweet Way released in 2009 with Alex Riel and Mads Vinding.-Biography:...

     - Piano
  • Niels Præstholm - Bass
  • Jonas Johansen
    Jonas Johansen
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     - Drums
  • Ed Thigpen
    Ed Thigpen
    Edmund Leonard "Ed" Thigpen was an American jazz drummer, best-known for his work with the Oscar Peterson trio from 1959 to 1965...

     - Drums
  • Bob Rockwell
    Bob Rockwell
    Bob Rockwell is a jazz saxophonist. He was born in the United States but emigrated to Denmark in 1983, where he has lived since.-Biography:...

     - Tenor saxophone
  • Bent Jædig
    Bent Jædig
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     - Tenor saxophone
  • Finn Ziegler - Violin
  • Katrine Madsen
    Katrine Madsen
    Katrine Madsen is a Danish jazz singer.She studied at the Royal Academy of Music and has worked in Copenhagen on albums with transplanted American jazz artists Ed Thigpen and Richard Boone....

     - Vocals

On his passing in 1999, Richard Boone was interred in Assistens Kirkegård in Copenhagen.
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