Bill Perkins

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William Reese "Bill" Perkins ((1924-07-22)July 22, 1924 – August 10, 2003(2003-08-10)) was a cool jazz saxophonist and flutist popular on the West Coast jazz scene, known primarily as a tenor saxophonist. 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 1970–1992. 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1956 The Brothers ! Cohn, Perkins, Kamuca 2
1963 Bossa Nova With Strings Attached Bill Perkins 1
1989 Grand Encounter John Lewis/Bill Perkins 1
1991 Our Man Woody Bill Perkins Big Band 1
1991 Quietly There Bill Perkins 1
1992 Tenors Head-On Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca 1
1996 Perk Plays Prez Bill Perkins 1
1998 On Stage: The Bill Perkins Octet Bill Perkins 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 West Coast Tenors Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca, Jack Montrose 1

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