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Rich Pulin Bio
Rich Pulin, in his 7th decade of professional music, has committed to full-time involvement in an 'early-childhood
(K-8) music-education program which he has devised and developed!
The Early Childhood Music Education Foundation.
He has accepted the responsibility of sharing our great American native-bred art-form, jazz, with millions of children around the globe through a unique, engaging, enlightening and esteem-building program, specifically designed with the young student in mind, although suitable for students of any age or grade level..
Rich is seeking other educationally-minded people to join forces with him, as the TASK of educating a generation of students, and eventually raising the standard of popular music in general, and jazz specifically, IS a BIG one!
Anyone interested in more information may contact Rich at the accompanying information...
Rich Pulin began playing the Baritone Horn, switching to the Trombone after seeing "The Glen Miller Story" starring Jimmy Stewart, as Glenn Miller....
At the age of 18, through a series of events, he met legendary
Trumpeter Dalton Smith. Dalton, in turn, referred Rich to Woody Herman pianist-arranger, Nat Pierce.
Nat wasted no time and escorted Rich to Nola Rehearsal studio, to sit in with Charlie Barnett's band,
coincidentally minus a trombone that day! Barnett's band included bass-trombonist-composer-arranger
John Woehrmann and the inimitable trumpeter-flugelhornist-educator Clark Terry!
Woehrmann was so impressed with Rich's playing, he recommended him for an audition, which
led to 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, Buddy Morrow, 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 friend and mentor Clark Terry's first big band at the Half Note!
Rich was a charter member of CT's Big Bad Band at the Half Note in Manhattan, in 1967, which was a co-venture that Clark led with assistance from alto-saxophonist 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 one of only 3 female recording producers, with The Philips-Phonogram Company. Their first co-production was a son, Yasha....Rich was recruited to head the background music division for Philips, and despite a busy and diverse schedule remained in that position for the entire time that he lived in Holland.
He 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 appeared on Dutch TV with legendary artists Richard Harris, Joe Cocker and conducted an orchestra for Lulu, when her hit "To Sir With Love" was a chart-topper!
Rich was invited by vibraphonist, Dave Pike, to record on his very first Dave Pike Set
in Hilversum Holland! (Coincidentally, he played on Dave's last cd, 'Peligrosso', recorded in LA!
Rich arranged and conducted for young Dutch star Anneke Konings first recordings, and likewise with the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra at the Sopot (Poland)song festival.
His song "Boogie Woogie Woman" was certified platinum in Europe!
Since Rich's 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 at 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' Burghoff (from 'Mash')....
For the last few years, he's been concentrating his efforts on his career and the careers of his gifted daughter Brooke the recent recipient of a Masters Degree in music, summa cum laude, from Florida State University, life and writing partner Kristin McKnight-Pulin, 11 year old grandson, Jovanny, and year old 6grandson, Kai, both students at elementary school in Las Vegas....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.