This site is dedicated to my late father.

Charles R Perkins

April, 8th, 1925 to July, 18th, 2013

CHARLES R. PERKINS . . . Trumpet

Born in Los Angeles in 1925.  As an instrumentalist he played professionally for

over 15 years, touring with the Camel Caravan Show, playing with bands such as Anson

Weeks, Jan Garber, Garwood Van, Al Gayle, Bill Pannell, and Harry James.

This work included engagements at the Biltmore and Hollywood Roosevelt hotels,

Catalina Island Ballroom, Lincoln Theater, Las Vegas and Reno.

He has played backup to many stars including Liberace,

Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton,  Rowan & Martin, Bob Hope and many others, and 

also played 1st trumpet on the Jan and Dean “Command Performance Live” album.


Shortly after his stint with James, traveling bands became a thing of the past.  Furthering

his education, he attended Sacramento State College, Sacramento, CA where he  earned

his secondary teaching credential in music, and taught  instrumental music at the Jr./Sr.

level for 19 years. During these years, he continued to play professionally and composed

and arranged for the schools and groups with whom he was associated.


Upon retirement, he relocated to Albuquerque, NM and devoted his time and effort in

writing  Jazz Improvisation Method for Stage Band. The method was marketed to Junior

and Senior High Schools in all 50 states and has brought  inquires from Canada, Germany,

South Africa, Russia and England.


Moving to the Oregon Coast in 1989, he continues to compose, arrange, and play

music locally.

         The  Method

Having had the privilege of playing in his early  years with some young  Jazz Giants,  he found

that he was not going to be one of them and relied on jobs that required a good reader.

During this time, he practiced imitating and analyzing his favorite trumpet players: 

Billy Butterfield, Roy Eldridge, Harry James and Charlie Shavers. When called upon to play

a solo, he wanted to add something to the melody. He then began applying some of the ideas

he learned from listening to their solos, thereby developing his own style.

Introduction Manual


His improvisation ability was not a gift.  It was learned. Jazz I Improvisation is the product of

those years of practice and  experience.


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