Born in Chicago (February 10, 1932), drummer Walter Perkins is best known as the leader of the short-lived MJT+3 during 1959-1962, Walter Perkins was a longtime fixture in the Windy City jazz scene. He gained some recognition for playing with the Ahmad Jamal Trio during 1956-1957 (right before Jamal really caught on). A 1957 set for Argo led by Perkins (and also featuring trumpeter Paul Serrano, tenor saxophonist Nicky Hill, the young pianist Richard Abrams, and bassist Bob Cranshaw) used the name of MJT Plus 3.
The better-known version of the band (with trumpeter Willie Thomas, altoist Frank Strozier, pianist Harold Mabern, and bassist Cranshaw) recorded three albums for Vee-Jay during 1959-1960 and was popular for a time locally before breaking up in 1962. Perkins then worked with Sonny Rollins (1962) and as an accompanist to Carmen McRae (1962-1963), gigged with Art Farmer and