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Richard Boone 
Richard Boone
Age 68    Feb 8, 99
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Jazz giant Boone dies in Copenhagen 

                            Associated Press

                            Richard Boone, an American-born trombonist and scat singer who played with Count Basie, Dexter Gordon and other jazz giants, has died at age 68, a Danish newspaper reported Tuesday.

                            The cause of death was not given, the Ekstra Bladet reported.

                            Boone was born in Little Rock, Ark., and took up the trombone at age 12. In 1956, he moved to Los Angeles, where he played with Gordon, Sonny Criss and Teddy Edwards, among others.

                            In the late 1960s, Boone joined Basie's band. He moved to Copenhagen in 1970, at a time when many American jazzmen were settling in the Danish capital, which was noted for its relaxed atmosphere and lack of racial tension.

                            From 1973 through 1985, Boone played with the Danish Radio Big Band, considered one of the world's best. Last year, he issued the album ``Tribute to Love,'' backed by Danish musicians.
 

 
 
 
       
 

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                born Feb 23, 1930 - died Feb 8, 1999

A good trombonist, Richard Boone is best-known for his very odd vocal style, a novel approach to scatting that is either considered humorous or annoying, depending on one's viewpoint! 

He sang in a  Baptist church choir as a youth. After winning second prize in a talent contest when he was 16,  Boone toured for a month with Lucky Millinder. He was in the Army during 1948-53, getting to play  trombone in a military band. He studied music at Philander Smith College and then gigged in Los  Angeles with Gerald Wilson, Dolo Coker, Sonny Criss and other top musicians who were on the  West Coast during the late 1950's. 

Boone recorded with Dexter Gordon and Teddy Edwards in  1960, was in Della Reese's backup band during 1962-66 and gained some recognition for his  playing and eccentric singing with Count Basie during 1966-69.

After leaving Basie, Richard Boone  relocated to Europe, spending most of his time in Copenhagen where he played with local musicians,  the Ernie Wilkins Big Band and a visiting Clark Terry. Richard Boone has recorded as a leader for  Nocturne in 1968 (which was reissued by Jazz Chronicles), Polydor and Storyville. -- Scott Yanow, AMG

 
 
  
 
 

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Discography:

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1968  The Singer,  Storyville

1997  Make Someone Happy, Storyville

Performer
 1960  Gordon, Dexter  Resurgence of Dexter Gordon
 
 1969  Basie, Count  Standing Ovation
 
 1975  Gordon, Dexter  More than You Know
 
 1978  Jones, Thad  Live at Montmartre, Copenhagen
 
 1979  Jones, Thad  Eclipse
                                                          
 1980  Wilkins, Ernie  And the Almost Big Band

 1980  Carter, Benny  Summer Serenade   (Vocals, Producer)

 1981  Wilkins, Ernie  Live!

 1981  Wilkins, Ernie  Almost Big Band Live
 
 1983  Wilkins, Ernie  Montreux (Trombone, Vocals)

 1985  Basie, Count  Basie in Europe/Blues Alley  (Trombone, Vocals)

 1986  Wilkins, Ernie  On the Roll   (Trombone, Vocals )

 1994  Basie, Count  Live at Tilburg 1971 & Nassau 1969
 
 1996  Basie, Count  Blues Alley   (Trombone, Vocals)

 1996  Big Band Masters  Big Band Masters (Trombone, Vocals)

 1996  Carter, Benny  Journey to Next  (Trombone, Vocals)
 
          Adderley, Cannonball    Cannonball Adderly Sextet and Teddy
 
 
 

 
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