Bill Perkins

Bill Perkins

born on 22/7/1924 in San Francisco, CA, United States

died on 9/8/2003 in Sherman Oaks, CA, United States

Bill Perkins (saxophonist)

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Bill Perkins (saxophonist)

William Reese "Bill" Perkins (July 22 1924 August 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 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. [2]


As sideman

With Chet Baker

  • Pretty/Groovy (World Pacific, 1954 [1958])
  • Chet Baker Big Band (Pacific Jazz, 1956)

With Clifford Coulter

  • Do It Now! (Impulse!, 1971)

With Clare Fischer

  • Thesaurus (Atlantic, 1969)

With Dizzy Gillespie

  • The New Continent (Limelight, 1962)

With Lalo Schifrin

  • Bullitt (soundtrack) (Warner Bros., 1968)

See also

  • Katy Lied


  1. Thurber, Jon, Bill Perkins, 79; Saxophonist Who Played With Kenton, Herman Bands Was Key Figure in Jazz, 12 August 2003.
  2. Yanow, Scott. [Bill Perkins (saxophonist) at All Music Guide Bill Perkins Biography]. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2007-06-24.
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