Walter Perkins (musician)

Walter Perkins ( born February 10, 1932 in Chicago, † 14 February 2004 in Jamaica ( Queens ), New York City ) was an American jazz drummer.

Life and work

Walter Perkins graduated in 1949 with Oliver Coleman, then worked in clubs and was 1956/57, a member of the Ahmad Jamal Trio. From 1958 to 1962 he had his own band, the Modern Jazz Trio Plus Three ( MJT 3 ) with the Alt- saxophonist Frank Strozier, trumpeter Willie Thomas, bassist Bob Cranshaw and the young pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and Harold Mabern. This formation took for Vee -Jay Records on an album and existed until 1962. Cranshaw and Perkins were also a member of the backing band of singer Carmen McRae, and took with her in 1961, the album Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics on.

Perkins played with Sonny Rollins in 1962 and was then as a companion for Carmen McRae (1962 /63), Art Farmer, Teddy Wilson, Clark Terry, Billy Taylor, Lucky Thompson, Al Cohn / Zoot Sims ( 1981) and Perry Robinson worked. In the 1980s, Perkins co-founded the New York Music For Young Adolescent program.

Disco Graphical Notes

  • MJT 3: Make Everybody Happy ( Vee -Jay Records, 1960)
  • MJT 3: Message From Walton Street, 1960 (Koch Jazz Records, 2000)