Richard B. Boone

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Richard B. Boone
Birth nameRichard Bently Boone
Born(1930-02-24)February 24, 1930
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
DiedFebruary 8, 1999(1999-02-08) (aged 68)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Years active1950s–1990s
LabelsNocturne, Polydor, Storyville

Richard Bently Boone (February 24, 1930 – February 8, 1999) was an American jazz trombonist and scat singer.


Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Boone sang in a Baptist church choir as a boy,[1] then began playing the trombone at the age of twelve. He served with the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1953 where he played trombone in a military band.[1] Out of the Army, he returned to Little Rock to study music at Philander Smith College.[1] In 1956 Boone moved to Los Angeles where he played in venues with Dolo Coker, Sonny Criss, and Dexter Gordon.[1] Boone worked in the backup band for Della Reese between 1962 and 1966 then became a member of the Count Basie band.[1] A few years later he left Basie and moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, performing with the Ernie Wilkins Big Band.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • I've Got a Right to Sing (Nocturne, 1968)
  • Make Someone Happy with Bent Jaedig (Polydor, 1977)
  • Brief Encounter (Metronome, 1978)
  • Swingin' in Helsingborg with Al Grey (Four Leaf, 1991)
  • A Tribute to Love (Stunt, 1998)

As sideman[edit]

With Count Basie

With Dexter Gordon

With Thad Jones

  • By Jones I Think We've Got It (Metronome, 1978)
  • Eclipse (Metronome, 1980)
  • A Good Time Was Had by All (Storyville, 1989)

With Ernie Wilkins

  • Ernie Wilkins and the Almost Big Band (Storyville, 1981
  • Live! At Slukefter Jazz Club in Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen (Matrix, 1982)
  • Montreux (SteepleChase, 1984)
  • On the Roll (SteepleChase, 1987)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Yanow, Scott. "Richard Boone". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 July 2019.