Bill Perkins (jazz musician)

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William Reese "Bill" Perkins (born July 22, 1924 in San Francisco , California , † August 9, 2003 in Sherman Oaks , California) was an American jazz saxophonist and flutist.


Perkins lived in Chuquicamata , Chile until he was 10 years old before his family moved to Santa Barbara, California . He played the clarinet as a child, and later saxophone and flute were added. After serving in the army in World War II, he studied music and completed an engineering degree, which enabled him to work as a sound engineer in various recording studios in the 1960s .

In the early 1950s, Perkins played in the big bands of Jerry Wald , Woody Herman and Stan Kenton . In 1956 he recorded the first album as a band leader; In 1957 he had a joint quintet with Jack Montrose , in which Paul Moer , Paul Chambers and Mel Lewis played. In 1959 he worked for Terry Gibbs ; in the 1960s he worked as a studio musician and sound engineer; In 1966 he worked on Benny Carter's album Additions to Further Definitions , he also played a. a. with Marty Paich , Shorty Rogers , in Doc Severinsens Tonight Show Band, with Lennie Niehaus , Johnny Mandel and Dave Grusin . From 1974 to 1977 Perkins was a member of the Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band - mostly as a baritone saxophonist . a. on the album Insights . He then toured with Howard Rumsey's revived Lighthouse All Stars and performed with the sextet of Bud Shank and Shorty Rogers.
During his career, Bill Perkins has also worked on recordings of John Lewis , Annie Ross , Chet Baker , Freddie Hubbard , Mel Tormé and Bill Holman .


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