Bill Perkins (saxophonist)

Bill Perkins
Birth name William Reese Perkins
Born (1924-07-22)July 22, 1924
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died August 10, 2003(2003-08-10) (aged 79)
Sherman Oaks, California
Genres Cool jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1944–2003
Labels Pacific Jazz
Associated acts

William Reese "Bill" Perkins (July 22, 1924August 10, 2003) was a cool jazz saxophonist and flutist popular on the West Coast jazz scene, known primarily as a tenor saxophonist.[1] Born in San Francisco, California, Perkins started out performing in the big bands of Woody Herman and Jerry Wald. He also worked for the Stan Kenton orchestra, which subsequently led to his entry into the cool jazz idiom. He began performing with musicians like Art Pepper and Bud Shank, to name just a few. He was also a member of The Tonight Show Band from 19701992. He is probably most remembered, however, for playing tenor for The Lighthouse All-Stars. When gigs became scarce in the 1960s, Perkins had a parallel career as a recording engineer.[2]


As leader/co-leader

As sideman

With Chet Baker

With Louis Bellson

With Nat King Cole

With Clifford Coulter

With Clare Fischer

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Stan Kenton

With Barney Kessel

With Carmen McRae

With Art Pepper and Conte Candoli

With André Previn

With Shorty Rogers

With Pete Rugolo

With Lalo Schifrin

With Bud Shank

With Gerald Wilson


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