Boomie Richman

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Abraham Samuel "Boomie" Richman (born April 2, 1922 in Brockton, Massachusetts) was a jazz tenor saxophone player. He was noted for playing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra[1] at the height of the Big Band era.

Richman played a Selmer Tenor Mark VI saxophone.[citation needed] He used a baritone reed with a wide flare, and his tone was described on more than one occasion as, "a very expensive sound."[citation needed] He also played the clarinet, bass clarinet, piccolo, and flute.

Bands Richman played with included Mugsy Spanier, Les Elgart, George Paxton and His Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.[2] He played with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett and Peggy Lee.

He recorded with Buddy Holly on October 21, 1958, playing the sax solo on "True Love Ways". He also played with Judy Garland in her comeback performance at Carnegie Hall[3]

On television, Richman appeared on The Jimmy Dean Show, The Perry Como Show, The Dick Cavett Show, The Patti Page Show, The Pat Boone Show, and The Andy Williams Show.

Richman retired from the Benny Goodman band in 1956. He then became the 'first-call' studio ace in New York City where he recorded for television and radio commercials.

He retired from studio work in 1972 due to a career ending injury. His last recording was for the movie: The Godfather.[citation needed] His son Barry Richman is a rock, blues, and jazz performer and recording artist in Atlanta, Georgia.[2]


With Al Cohn