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Bill Perkins

ts, 1924-2003 US, San Francisco
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. William Perkins

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. 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.

  • Tenor sax
  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Bariton sax
  • Alto sax
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
Plays With
André Previn Ensemble
Bill Holman's Great Big Band
Bill Perkins - James Clay Quintet
Bill Perkins Octet
Bill Perkins Quintet
Bill Perkins Quintet + 1
Bud Shank And Bill Perkins Quintet
Dick Collins And His Orchestra
Dick Collins And The Runaway Herd
Dick Grove Big Band
Dizzy Gillespie Big Band
Doc Severinsen And His Big Band
Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars
Jim Widner Big Band
Lennie Niehaus Quintet
Marty Paich Big Band
Marty Paich Orchestra
Med Flory Orchestra
Oliver Nelson's Big Band
Roy Wiegand Jazz Orchestra
Russ Freeman-Bill Perkins Quintet
Shorty Rogers And His Orchestra
Shorty Rogers Big Band
Stan Kenton And His Orchestra
Terry Gibbs Dream Band
The Bill Holman Band
The Bill Perkins Big Band
The Bill Perkins Quartet
The Bud Shank Sextet
The Buddy Bregman Band
The Five
The Herbie Harper-Bill Perkins Quintet
The Herdmen
The Lennie Niehaus Octet
The Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra
The Mike Barone Big Band
The Steve Huffsteter Big Band
The Tommy Vig Orchestra
The Woody Herman Big Band
Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band
Vic Lewis West Coast All-Stars
Woodwinds West
Woody Herman And His Orchestra
Woody Herman And His Third Herd
Woody Herman And His Woodchoppers
Woody Herman And The Swingin' Herd
Woody Herman Band
Woody Herman's Big New Herd
Percussion All Stars
Dick Grove And His Orchestra
Percussion Ltd.
The Hoops McCann Band
Lennie Niehaus Quintet + One
Louis Bellson & His Band
Don Glaser
Terry Gibbs And His Exciting Big Band
The West Coast Giants
Bob Thiele Emergency
The Bob Rogers Orchestra
Stepping Out
The Herdsmen
Conte Candoli, Jack Costanza*, Chuck Flores, Russ Freeman, Mike Pacheko*, Art Pepper, Bill Perkins, Ben Tucker
Popular Tracks   
Little Bird/Little Boat on Ultra-Lounge: Bossa Novaville by Various Artists
Baia - Remastered on Ultra-Lounge: Bossa Novaville by Various Artists
Samba De Orfeu on Ultra-Lounge: Saxophobia by Various Artists
Blixed on The Brothers! by Al Cohn, Richie Kamuca & Bill Perkins
Angel Eyes on The Capitol Vaults Jazz Series by Art Pepper
Blue Skies on The Brothers! by Al Cohn, Richie Kamuca & Bill Perkins
Sioux Zan on The Brothers! by Al Cohn, Richie Kamuca & Bill Perkins
Remember on I Wished On the Moon by Bill Perkins
Spaghetti Fantasy - From The Subterraneans (M-G-M, 1960) on Hollywood Swing & Jazz by Benny Goodman
Rolling Stone on The Brothers! by Al Cohn, Richie Kamuca & Bill Perkins

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Silver StormThe Bud Shank Sextet Featuring Bill Perkins & Conte Candoli2000Album
Swing SpringBill Perkins1999Album
Bud Shank And Bill PerkinsBud Shank And Bill Perkins1998Compil.
Perk Plays PrezBill Perkins Featuring Jan Lundgren Trio1996Album
Live At The Royal Palms Inn - Volume 9Bill Perkins, Pete Candoli And Carl Fontana1994Album
Live At The Royal Palms Inn - Volume 5Shorty Rogers, Bill Perkins1994Album
I Wish On The MoonBill Perkins With The Metropole Orchestra Conducted By Rob Pronk1992Album
Warm MoodsBill Perkins, Frank Strazzeri1992Album
Kenton '56 In ConcertStan Kenton Featuring Pepper Adams, Mel Lewis, Lennie Niehaus, Richie Kamuca, Bill Perkins1990Album
Grand EncounterJohn Lewis, Bill Perkins, Percy Heath, Chico Hamilton, Jim Hall1989Single
Remembrance Of Dino'sBill Perkins1989Album
West Coast TenorsBill Perkins, Richie Kamuca, Jack Montrose1988Compil.
Serious SwingersBud Shank - Bill Perkins1987Album
The West Coast GiantsBud Shank, Bill Perkins, Shorty Rogers, Bob Cooper1983Compil.
Woody Herman Presents Four Others Volume 2Al Cohn, Sal Nistico, Bill Perkins, Flip Phillips1982Album
Shades Of DringMadeleine Dring, Lennie Niehaus, Shelly Manne, Ray Brown, Bud Shank, Bill Perkins, Leigh Kaplan1981Album
ConfluenceBill Perkins1979Album
The Front LineBill Perkins With Pepper Adams1978Album
Kansas City Jazz SpectrumMilt Abel, Steve Cardenas, Carol J. Comer, Mike Metheny, Mike Ning, Bill Perkins, Scott Robinson1978Compil.
Bossa Nova With Strings Attached - The Tenor Of Bill PerkinsBill Perkins1963Album
Mucho Calor (Much Heat)Conte Candoli, Jack Costanzo, Chuck Flores, Russ Freeman, Mike Pacheco, Art Pepper, Bill Perkins, Ben Tucker1958Album
Tenors Head-OnBill Perkins, Richie Kamuca With Pete Jolly, Stan Levey, Red Mitchell1957Album
Grand EncounterJohn Lewis, Bill Perkins, Percy Heath, Chico Hamilton, Jim Hall1957Single
Just FriendsBill Perkins, Art Pepper, Richie Kamuca1957Album
The Brothers !Al Cohn, Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca1956Album
Three Of A KindAl Cohn, Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca1956Single
The Brothers !Al Cohn, Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca1956Single
The Brothers !Al Cohn, Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca1956Single
Three Of A KindAl Cohn, Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca1956Single
Bud Shank - Shorty Rogers - Bill PerkinsBud Shank & Shorty Rogers & Bill Perkins1955Album
Love Me Or Leave Me / I Can't Get StartedBill Perkins, John Lewis, Chico Hamilton, Jim Hall, Percy Heath1955Single
Plays Lester YoungBill PerkinsAlbum
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