Richard Bently Boone (February 24, 1930 – February 8, 1999) was an American jazz musician, trombonist and vocalist. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and joined the United States Army where he played in military bands. He left the army and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1958. From 1961 to 1966 he toured with singer Della Reese and then played with Count Basie from 1966 to 1969. In 1970 he emigrated to Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1972 he joined the Danish Radio Big Band and played with them until 1985. He died on February 8, 1999 in Copenhagen. Boone's collection of private memorabilia is in the Jazz collections at the University Library of Southern Denmark.
Since1962, Leonardo Pedersen’s Jazzkapel has been Denmark’s tightest, hard-swinging “almost” big band, in the musical tradition of Count Basie, Quincy Jones and Louis Jordan. Thus, they provided perfect backing for the three guest soloists – Harry “Sweets” Edison, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Richard Boone – all alumni of the Count Basie Band. While there is a distinct Kansas City/Count Basie feel to this album, the repertoire also includes some Horace Silver bop classics and Louis Jordan jump-jive favourites. The three guest soloists here are true individual stylists – their sound is immediately identifiable. Thanks to their obvious compatibility with Leonardo Petersen’s Jazzkapel, “Sweets”, “Lockjaw” and Richard Boone play – and sing – with the same brilliance and passion as in their heyday with the Count.