Carl Perkins (pianist)

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Carl Perkins
Born(1928-08-16)August 16, 1928
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
OriginLos Angeles
DiedMarch 17, 1958(1958-03-17) (aged 29)
Los Angeles, California
GenresJazz
InstrumentsPiano
Years active1948–1958
Associated actsCurtis Counce
 
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Carl Perkins
Born(1928-08-16)August 16, 1928
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
OriginLos Angeles
DiedMarch 17, 1958(1958-03-17) (aged 29)
Los Angeles, California
GenresJazz
InstrumentsPiano
Years active1948–1958
Associated actsCurtis Counce

Carl Perkins (born August 16, 1928, Indianapolis, Indiana, died March 17, 1958, Los Angeles, California)[1][2] was an American jazz pianist.

Perkins was born in Indianapolis but worked mainly in Los Angeles. He is best known for his performances with the Curtis Counce Quintet, which also featured Harold Land, Jack Sheldon and drummer Frank Butler. He also performed with the Clifford BrownMax Roach group in 1954, and recorded with Frank Morgan in 1955. Perkins composed the standard "Grooveline."[1][3]

His playing was influenced by his polio-affected left arm, which he held sideways over the keyboard.[4]

He died of a drug overdose at age 29,[2] having recorded one solo album, Introducing Carl Perkins, in 1955 and 1956. Authors Paul Tanner, Maurice Gerow, and David Megill cite Perkins as one of the best "funky," or hard bop, piano players, but his early death prevented him from leaving a legacy.[5]

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Discography

With Chet Baker and Art Pepper

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Dexter Gordon

With Oscar Moore

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Carl Perkins at Allmusic
  2. ^ a b Gambit Records liner notes (2006) indicate that Perkins died of a drug overdose on May (not March) 17, 1958.
  3. ^ Wynn, Ron (1994), Ron Wynn, ed., All Music Guide to Jazz, M. Erlewine, V. Bogdanov, San Francisco: Miller Freeman, p. 521, ISBN 0-87930-308-5 
  4. ^ Koenig, Lester (2006). "Original liner notes" (booklet). Complete Studio Recordings (booklet). Curtis Counce. Andorra: Gambit Records. 69258. 
  5. ^ Tanner, Paul O. W.; Maurice Gerow, David W. Megill (1988) [1964]. "Hard Bop — Funky". Jazz (6th ed.). Dubuque, Iowa: William C. Brown, College Division. p. 116. ISBN 0-697-03663-4. 

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