Bob Perkins http://wrti.org en 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 Vocalist Mary Ellen Desmond Sings on BP's Show http://wrti.org/post/vocalist-mary-ellen-desmond-sings-bps-show <p>Join me on Sunday, November 4th at 1 pm for a special twist to the afternoon program.&nbsp; Vocalist Mary Ellen Desmond will be singing some jazz favorites recorded live, here at the WRTI performance studio.&nbsp; You'll hear three different pianists accompanying her during this session: Lucas Brown, Bill Schilling and Tom Lawton.&nbsp; Don't miss it!<br>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:45:18 +0000 Bob Perkins 4658 at http://wrti.org Vocalist Mary Ellen Desmond Sings on BP's Show Bob Perkins Recommends...Charlie Parker with Strings: The Master Takes http://wrti.org/post/bob-perkins-recommendscharlie-parker-strings-master-takes <p>Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie have been credited with changing the face of jazz in the mid 1940s. They kicked it up a notch, and ushered in an era known as "modern jazz" - which some dubbed "bebop."
<br><br>Amazingly, Parker was only widely known for about a decade before he died in 1955 at the age of 34. He accomplished great fame while living a self-destructive lifestyle, which included frequent use of controlled substances and consumption of hard liquor. But despite living on the edge, his genius shined through.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 21:56:00 +0000 Bob Perkins 2485 at http://wrti.org Bob Perkins Recommends...Charlie Parker with Strings: The Master Takes Bob Perkins Recommends: Joe Pass & J.J. Johnson, We’ll Be Together Again http://wrti.org/post/bob-perkins-recommends-joe-pass-jj-johnson-we-ll-be-together-again <p>If you’re a lover of great jazz, then you know the real joy in taking time to relax and listen to a recording by a gifted performer.<br><br> But even better than that... how about listening to two gifted performers on the same recording date? Your finely-tuned ears will be in for a treat, should you choose to add the Joe Pass / J.J. Johnson CD <em>We’ll Be Together Again</em> to your music library.<br> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 16:06:27 +0000 Bob Perkins 4224 at http://wrti.org Bob Perkins Recommends: Joe Pass & J.J. Johnson, We’ll Be Together Again Live Broadcast from Sunset Jazz Series with BP: June 25th at 6 pm http://wrti.org/post/live-broadcast-sunset-jazz-series-bp-june-25th-6-pm <p>Join us from 6 to 9 pm on Monday, June 25th as WRTI&#39;s Bob Perkins crosses the Delaware to bring you his program live from the <strong><a href="http://www.ccparks.com/events/eventsbyseries_list.php?srs_id=5" target="_blank">Sunset Jazz Series at Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:32:59 +0000 Bob Perkins 4058 at http://wrti.org Live Broadcast from Sunset Jazz Series with BP: June 25th at 6 pm Bob Perkins Recommends...THE TONY BENNETT-BILL EVANS ALBUM http://wrti.org/post/bob-perkins-recommendsthe-tony-bennett-bill-evans-album <p>What would happen if an inventive jazz record label decided to blend a great singer of standard-pop ballads with an outstanding jazz pianist? The two artists would be on their own--no other musicians--just the two of them, performing a number of time-honored classics.<br /><br />Well, there was such an occurrence in June of 1975, at the Fantasy Recording Studios in Berkeley, California, when and where Tony Bennett and Bill Evans were recorded. A better result could not have been imagined.<br /> Thu, 31 May 2012 15:58:26 +0000 Bob Perkins 3936 at http://wrti.org Bob Perkins Recommends...THE TONY BENNETT-BILL EVANS ALBUM