Bob Perkins http://wrti.org en Jazz Pianist and Hard Bop Composer Horace Silver Dies at 85 http://wrti.org/post/jazz-pianist-and-hard-bop-composer-horace-silver-dies-85 <p>When I first heard <strong>Horace Silver </strong>play piano, I said to myself, "this fellow must have been groomed in the African America church." Not quite...but somewhat close: his mother was of Irish-African descent, and did sing in church; and his father was of Afro-Portuguese heritage.</p><p>One could detect in his unique, straight-ahead jazz style, gospel, blues, soul and funk - well before the latter adjective found its way into the music lexicon.&nbsp;</p><p>Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers: Doodlin'</p><p>http://youtu.be/tu4o65SwUIw</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:18:42 +0000 Bob Perkins 7430 at http://wrti.org Jazz Pianist and Hard Bop Composer Horace Silver Dies at 85 BP Remembers Jazz Vocalist Jimmy Scott http://wrti.org/post/bp-remembers-jazz-vocalist-jimmy-scott <p>The music world - and the world at large - lost a very fine singer of standard popular songs last week when <strong>Jimmy Scott </strong>died on June 12th at age 88.</p><p>It’s surprising that the name Jimmy Scott was unknown to a good number of folks. But to those familiar with his work and his way with a song, he was a legend...and some of those who favored his work, were and are, legends in their own right: Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, and Billie Holiday, to name a few, sang his praises. The standard pop and jazz cognoscente, <em>knew</em> Jimmy Scott!</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:22:58 +0000 Bob Perkins 7427 at http://wrti.org BP Remembers Jazz Vocalist Jimmy Scott Bob Perkins Tells The Story of Herb Jeffries, "The Bronze Buckaroo" http://wrti.org/post/bob-perkins-tells-story-herb-jeffries-bronze-buckaroo <p><em>BP wrote this article in 2011 for ICON Magazine, and wanted to share it again now in memory of Mr. Jeffries, who passed away on May 25, 2014 at age 100.</em></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 19:11:31 +0000 Bob Perkins 7367 at http://wrti.org Bob Perkins Tells The Story of Herb Jeffries, "The Bronze Buckaroo" Bob Perkins Tells The Story of Billy Strayhorn, Composer of "Take the 'A' Train" http://wrti.org/post/bob-perkins-tells-story-billy-strayhorn-composer-take-train <p>He stood five feet, two inches tall, and his musical colleagues dubbed him “Swee’ Pea,” after the little character in the Popeye cartoons. But <strong>Billy Strayhorn </strong>ranked with the giants that composed enduring standard popular music. He was also nobody’s cartoon character. The handle was a reverent tease, applied by Strayhorn’s musical associates in the <strong>Duke Ellington Orchestra.</strong></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 14:48:48 +0000 Bob Perkins 7323 at http://wrti.org Bob Perkins Tells The Story of Billy Strayhorn, Composer of "Take the 'A' Train" Bob Perkins’ Jazz Library: Memories of Saxophonist Hank Mobley http://wrti.org/post/bob-perkins-jazz-library-memories-saxophonist-hank-mobley <p>I don’t recall hearing much about <strong>Hank Mobley</strong>, until he recorded a certain record album in 1963. But, this was my fault for not listening closely enough to Philly’s all-jazz radio station that prevailed at the time. The station must have played Mobley often, because he was a hot jazz commodity about that time.</p><p>http://youtu.be/ndqxk5J-VHQ</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 18:54:39 +0000 Bob Perkins 7195 at http://wrti.org Bob Perkins’ Jazz Library: Memories of Saxophonist Hank Mobley The Story of Duke Ellington's Longtime Tenor Sax Bandman http://wrti.org/post/story-duke-ellingtons-longtime-tenor-sax-bandman <p>Duke Ellington was a fascinating figure—so much so that quite a number of books and shorter profiles of the man came to be during his time, and well after his passing. Writers were always peering over his shoulder, trying to get a fix on how he operated his band and made it so successful; they even attempted to poke into his personal life, which the Duke managed to keep fairly secret.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:02:42 +0000 Bob Perkins 7037 at http://wrti.org The Story of Duke Ellington's Longtime Tenor Sax Bandman Bob Perkins Tells The Tommy Potter Story http://wrti.org/post/bob-perkins-tells-tommy-potter-story <p>Tommy Potter’s name wouldn’t get much attention in jazz circles these days...unless the gathering were comprised of musicians and jazz fans with high-mileage on their odometers. But there was a time when the mention of his name brought smiles and nods of recognition, along with enthusiastic approval.</p><p></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:19:23 +0000 Bob Perkins 6700 at http://wrti.org Bob Perkins Tells The Tommy Potter Story BP Remembers The Glorious Jazz Vocalist Gloria Lynne http://wrti.org/post/bp-remembers-glorious-jazz-vocalist-gloria-lynne <p>A true jazz legend - vocalist Gloria Lynne - passed away on October 15th in Newark, New Jersey of a heart attack. She was 81.</p><p>Bob Perkins recalls how Philadelphians loved Gloria Lynne, even though she was a New Yorker, and celebrated her talent. Listen to BP's recollections of a multi-talented chanteuse, best known for her signature song, "I Wish You Love."</p><p>http://youtu.be/Qkecwh4wJac</p><p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/16/us/obituary-gloria-lynne/" target="_blank"><strong>More about Gloria Lynne here.</strong></a></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:33:17 +0000 Bob Perkins 6585 at http://wrti.org BP Remembers The Glorious Jazz Vocalist Gloria Lynne Bob Perkins on Dave Brubeck: The Interview http://wrti.org/post/bob-perkins-dave-brubeck-interview <p>Continuing our appreciation of Dave Brubeck, WRTI's own jazz legend Bob Perkins sits down with Kile Smith for a wide-ranging interview about the man, his music, and his legacy. "As Louis Armstrong would say, he was a cat..."</p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 01:14:56 +0000 Kile Smith & Bob Perkins 4866 at http://wrti.org Bob Perkins on Dave Brubeck: The Interview A Dave Brubeck Memorial By Bob Perkins http://wrti.org/post/dave-brubeck-memorial-bob-perkins <p>WRTI mourns the loss of iconic jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who died on December 5th at age 91 - one day shy of his 92nd birthday. Watch this "Take Five" video from 1966 and remember a legend:</p><p>http://youtu.be/faJE92phKzI</p><p>http://youtu.be/s8UQbzvSVy8</p><p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:43:05 +0000 Bob Perkins 4840 at http://wrti.org A Dave Brubeck Memorial By Bob Perkins