Walter Perkins (musician)

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Walter "Baby Sweets" Perkins (February 10, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois – February 14, 2004 in Queens, New York) was an American jazz drummer.

Starting out in Chicago, Perkins began his professional career with Ahmad Jamal in 1956–57. He recorded for Argo Records in 1957 as a leader under the name MJT+3 with Paul Serrano [de] on trumpet, Nicky Hill on tenor sax, Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, and Bob Cranshaw on bass. In 1959, he regrouped under the same name with Willie Thomas on trumpet, Frank Strozier on alto sax, Harold Mabern on piano, and Cranshaw on bass; they recorded for Vee-Jay in 1959 and 1960 and played in Chicago until 1962, when he moved to New York City.

Perkins played with Sonny Rollins in 1962 and accompanied Carmen McRae in 1962–63. In 1964 he played with Art Farmer and Teddy Wilson. Following this he recorded with many musicians, including Rahsaan Roland Kirk, George Shearing, Gene Ammons, Charles Mingus, Billy Taylor, Booker Ervin, Jaki Byard, Lucky Thompson, Pat Martino, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Criss, and Charles Earland.

He died in Queens of lung cancer at the age of 72.[1]


With MJT+3

  • Daddy-O Presents MJT + 3 (Argo, 1957)
  • Walter Perkins' MJT + 3 (Vee-Jay, 1959)
  • Make Everybody Happy (Vee-Jay, 1960)
  • MJT + 3 (Vee-Jay, 1960)
  • Message from Walton Street (Vee-Jay, 1960)

With Ahmed Abdul-Malik

With Gene Ammons

With Chris Anderson

With Peter Brötzmann

  • The Ink Is Gone (2002)

With Ray Bryant

With Jaki Byard

With Johnny Coles

With Sonny Criss

  • Sonny Criss at the Crossroads (Peacock, 1959)

With Charles Earland

With Booker Ervin

With Art Farmer

With Gigi Gryce

With Ahmad Jamal

With J. J. Johnson

With Etta Jones

With Roland Kirk

With Harold Mabern

With Pat Martino

With Charles Mingus

With Sal Nistico

With William Parker

With Duke Pearson

With Dave Pike

With Sonny Stitt

With Frank Strozier

With Billy Taylor

With Clark Terry

With Lucky Thompson

With Bobby Timmons

With John Wright

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Ratliff, Ben (March 2004). "Walter Perkins, 72, Drummer; Played with Top Jazz Artists". The New York Times.