Rich Pulin Bio
Rich began playing the Baritone Horn, switching to the Trombone after seeing "The Glen Miller Story" starring Jimmy Stewart,....At the age of 18, through a series of events and musicians which included Dalton Smith, Nat Pierce, John Woehrmann and Clark Terry,he first played with Charlie Barnett's band, which not only led to an audition, but a job with the Tommy Dorsey Band under the direction of Warren Covington!
Subsequently,he played the 1st trombone and jazz soloist chairs with the bands of: Johnny Long, Richard Maltby, Les & Larry Elgart, Tony Pastor, The Jimmy Dorsey band under Lee Castle,The Al Grey/Billy Mitchell(Tenor Sax)Sextet, Slam Stewart's Band, The Dave Pike Set, Woody Herman's 'Herd' and Clark Terry's first big band at the Half Note!
Rich was a charter member of Clark Terry's Big Bad Band, which was a co-venture that CT led with altoist Phil Woods, and trombonist/arranger Melba Liston. Clark's band was a collection of all-stars including guys like Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Gene Quill, Randy Brecker, Jimmy Owens, Ron Carter, Grady Tate, and Nat Pierce...
Following the gig with CT, Rich wound up in the Netherlands, and wasn't seen or heard from again for seven years. He married Ada Lamme a recording producer for The Philips-Phonogram Company. Their first co-production was a son, Yasha....
Rich became a part of the recording scene in Holland and all over Europe participating in hundreds of sessions as a Trombonist, composer/arranger,conductor, vocalist and producer...
Rich was a featured
member of the legendary Dutch cabaret artist Toon Herman's American One Man Show, soloist in the ex-patriot band led by trumpeter/arranger Dusko Goykevich, which was based in Koln & Munich Germany and toured several times through the communist eastern bloc! Rich appeared on Dutch TV with the legendary Richard Harris, Joe Cocker and conducted an orchestra for Lulu, when her hit "To Sir With Love" was extremely popular!
Rich was invited by vibraphonist, Dave Pike, to record on his very first Dave Pike Set
in Hilversum Holland! (Coincidentally, Rich played on Dave's last cd, 'Peligrosso', recorded in LA!
Rich arranged and conducted for young Dutch star Anneke Konings first recordings and arranged for and conducted the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra at the Sopot (Poland)song festival.
His song "Boogie Woogie Woman" was certified platinum in Europe!
Since his return to the U.S, (L.A.), he appeared first with Glen Campbell and The Supremes in Hawaii, followed by numerous bands and performers, including
Art Pepper, Don Ellis, Ray Charles, and Tito Puente on the infamous Monterey Jazz Festival(1977) appearance(cd of that performance on Concord Records). Also in that same period, Rich's orchestra accompanied Debby Reynolds, Rosemarie, Bert Convey and Gary 'Radar' Burghof (from 'Mash')....
For the last few years, he's been concentrating his efforts on his career and the careers of his gifted daughter Brooke,on the doorstep of receiving her Masters Degree in music, summa cum laude, from Florida State University, life and writing partner Kristin McKnight-Pulin, and 9 year old grandson, Jovanny....The Pulin's are currently on a songwriting 'roll' scoring lots of new music in multi-genres!
In addition to being blessed with wonderful, encouraging, and supportive parents, Helen and Hy Pulin, Rich was also "adopted" by a musician that he believes was tops on his instrument, tenor saxophone, and an icon in the field of jazz.........the inimitable Billy Mitchell.. "B" took Rich under his wing, and over the next fourty years they became best of friends (he had the honor and pleasure to gig and record with "B" both stateside and abroad). Billy's input, whether it pertained to music or life was plentiful and was always welcomed. Rich considers him his mentor and was honored that "B" thought of him as his protege.(other Billy Mitchell protege's include Charles McPherson, and Bobby Hutcherson). The Mitchell residence on Yale avenue in Rockville Centre, NY, was always a happy gathering place for musicians and other nice folk. Being "licensed" to "drop" the name Billy Mitchell over the years opened a lot of doors for Rich, and he will always be greatly indebted to him and cherish the memory of both Billy and his wonderful wife Marge.