Bill Perkins (saxophonist)

William Reese Perkins ((1924-07-22)July 22, 1924(2003-08-10)August 10, 2003) was an American 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 led to his entry into the cool jazz idiom. He began performing with Art Pepper and Bud Shank. He was also a member of The Tonight Show Band from 19701992. 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]

Bill Perkins
Birth nameWilliam Reese Perkins
Born(1924-07-22)July 22, 1924
San Francisco, California, U.S.
DiedAugust 10, 2003(2003-08-10) (aged 79)
Sherman Oaks, California
GenresCool jazz
Years active1944–2003
LabelsPacific Jazz
Associated acts


As leader/co-leader

As sideman

With Chet Baker

With Louis Bellson

With Nat King Cole

With Clifford Coulter

With Clare Fischer

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Stan Kenton

With Barney Kessel

With Carmen McRae

With Art Pepper and Conte Candoli

With André Previn

With Shorty Rogers

With Pete Rugolo

With Lalo Schifrin

With Bud Shank

With Gerald Wilson


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