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Bill Perkins

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: July 22, 1924 | Died: August 9, 2003    

Bill Perkins

Bill Perkins was essentially a West Coast jazz musician, but in his varied career worked with music legends like Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Art Pepper, Duke Ellington's band, and with Victor Feldman played on some of Steely Dan's legendary albums. A large part of his career was spent, playing with Doc Severinsen's Tonight Show Band for nearly twenty five years.

Bill Perkins is one of the outstanding members of the legion of technically gifted and musically inspired tenor players who emerged at the beginning of the fifties. He was a hit with Kenton, and it is perhaps no coincidence that all of Kenton's recordings that feature Perkins are good ones and they remain as fresh today as when they were recorded. Similarly his work on some of Woody Herman's recordings from that time have achieved classic status, where his soloing is a showcase of delicacy and form....
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Source: James Nadal

  • The Front Line

    Birdology
    1989
  • West Coast Tenors

    Birdology
    1988
  • West Coast Conference

    Birdology
    1980
  • Many Ways To Go

    Birdology
    1980
  • Confluence

    Birdology
    1979
  • Bossa Nova With Strings Attached - The Tenor Of Bill Perkins

    Birdology
    1963
  • Tenors Head-On

    Birdology
    1956

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