Jack Perciful, Olympia WA Jazz Pianist Dead at 82
Long-time Olympia, WA resident and noted jazz piano player Jack Perciful died Thursday at the age of 82.
He was well-known in the Olympia area after moving here in 1974 to join bassist Red Kelly to play at Kelly's Tumwater Conservatory.
Perciful played with numerous bands, most notably the Harry James Orchestra, where he was pianist, arranger and music director from 1956-1974.
He performed on several TV shows, such as Ed Sullivan and Johnny Carson, and appeared in the Jerry Lewis movie The Ladies' Man". He played at Carnegie Hall twice.
A celebration of Perciful's life will take place April 27 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Olympia Golf and Country Club on Cooper Point Road.
Donations in his memory can be sent to the Jack Perciful Music Scholarship at SPSCC Foundation, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia, WA 98512. On-line condolences can be left at funeralalternatives.org.