Carl Perkins

Carl Perkins, a fine pianist and bop-oriented musician who was left with a slight handicapped left hand due to polio, died at the age of 29. He was a regular on the West Coast after stints with Tiny Bradshaw, Big Jay McNeely and others. Perkins played briefly with the Max Roach-Clifford Brown quintet (1954-1953) and was also part of Oscar Moore’s trio (1953-1954). However, he is most well-known for his association to Curtis Counce (1956-1958). Perkins composed “Grooveyard”, a jazz song. He recorded with Counce and Chet Baker and was a leader for Savoy (1949), Dootone (566) and Pacific Jazz (1957). However, he didn’t live long enough to fully realize his potential. Allmusic

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