Jazz with Bob Perkins

Monday through Thursday, 6 to 9 pm; Sunday 9 am to 1 pm

Lovingly known as “BP with the GM” (Bob Perkins with the Good Music), BP brings you that good music just in time for dinner during your work week, and keeps your Sunday brunch swinging. His selections are like a familiar hug from Jazz Land featuring your favorite standards and vocalists such as Sarah, Ella, and Nat, some Big Band legends including the Duke and the Count, and the giants of the instrumentals like Lee Morgan, Hank Crawford, Miles, and Coltrane. Take a listen to "Ol' BP" as he calls himself...you'll be back again and again.

Take a look at this photo album of Mr. Perkins through the years.

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Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz on July 31st
12:02 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Afro-Brazilian Percussion in a Big Band Jazz Format! July 31st at TPAC

WRTI is proud to be one of the presenting organizations of the July 31st performance of Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz on July 31st at 7:30 pm at the Temple University Performing Arts Center.

The Philadelphia Jazz Project & WRTI are partnering to present a very special concert featuring Afro-Brazilian percussion in a Big Band Jazz format! Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz, with guests Arturo O'Farrill & Steve Berstein and Another Holiday For Skins w/Robert Kenyatta, Doc Gibbs, Pablo Batista & Luke Carlos O'Reilly. It's their first time performing in Philadelphia! Don't miss it! Details here.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:53 am
Wed June 24, 2015

My Friend, Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman at his 85th birthday party in March 2015.
John Rogers for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 2:22 pm

John Rogers is a photographer living in New York City who specializes in jazz. A few weeks ago, he approached NPR with the idea to document the unique connection he shared with his friend Ornette Coleman. He was working on it when Coleman died last week at 85. Rogers finished the story for us here. --Ed.

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Jazz News
10:56 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Ornette Coleman, Jazz Iconoclast, Dies At 85

Ornette Coleman performs during the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2010.
Peter Van Breukelen Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 8:33 am

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Latest from ICON Magazine
11:22 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

June Christy Was Something Cool

I’m not sure what year I became a June Christy fan, but it must have been during her later years with the Stan Kenton band. I liked Kenton’s innovative approach to jazz. I first saw the band perform at Philly’s Academy of Music in the early 1950s. Christy was a member of the band at the time, but I don’t remember seeing her that night. At that time, almost everyone went to see Kenton’s trumpet virtuoso Maynard Ferguson—whose high notes on the instrument threatened to bring rain.

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WRTI Arts Desk
7:32 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Miles Davis Changed Music Again and Again

It’s that sound...that unmistakable straight, round sound. But even though Miles Davis has a unique voice, that isn’t the only reason he’s one of the giants in the history of jazz.

Swing turned into bebop, and while the energy was exciting, the furious notes and harmonies threatened to turn jazz into a mere showcase for virtuosos. The music was starting to be overwhelmed. So were audiences.

Miles Davis slowed down the pace, making his music—and his trumpet—sound more like the human voice. He revolutionized music by going back to its roots.

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Celebrating Miles Davis's Birthday
1:27 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

The Miles Files on WRTI: Tuesday Night, May 26th

Miles Davis (1926-1991)

Join WRTI on Tuesday, May 26th as we celebrate on the of coolest cats to ever grace the stage...the legendary Miles Dewey Davis.

Miles was known to be in the right place at the right time, as he always seemed to choose the perfect personnel to join him on his evolutionary recordings, which helped to hurl him into international stardom.  He also launched the careers of many a jazz legend, and had enormous influence over some artists whom he never even met.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
6:06 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Bruce Lundvall, Jazz Record Executive, Has Died

Bruce Lundvall attends a ceremony hosted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which produces the Grammy Awards. In addition to his role as record executive, he also once served as director of the Recording Academy.
Noel Vasquez Getty Images

Bruce Lundvall, the longtime President of Blue Note Records who supported many top jazz artists over the last four decades, died yesterday, May 19. The cause was complications of Parkinson's Disease, according to a Blue Note statement. He was 79.

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WRTI Spotlight
3:43 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Military Jazz Bands Throughout Memorial Day Weekend on WRTI

Airmen of Note

Join us from Friday, May 22 to Monday, May 25 during jazz hours as we remember those who fought for our country by presenting jazz performed by United States military bands. Jeff Duperon kicks off the festivities on Friday, May 22nd at 6 pm with music from The West Point Jazz Knights, the U.S. Army Blues, and many other military bands, old and new. This music continues all weekend long, until the Hot 11 Countdown kicks off at 10:30 pm on Monday.  

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
6:14 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

50 Years Ago, Ramsey Lewis Joined 'The In Crowd'

Ramsey Lewis' hit single "The In Crowd" was recorded live in concert 50 years ago this month.
Courtesy of Ravinia Festival

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 7:16 pm

Fifty years ago, the Ramsey Lewis Trio sat in a Washington, D.C. coffee shop, musing over what it could add to its set that evening. It was booked for a run at Bohemian Caverns — the group had issued a live album made at the nightclub, and it was gearing up to record a follow-up live album. Over walked a waitress, who inquired about the band's predicament.

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WRTI Arts Desk
11:41 am
Thu May 14, 2015

'Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD' Is Not Your Father’s Opera

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee (at left) sings the role of Charlie Parker in Opera Philadelphia's CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD, June 5 to 14 at the Perelman Theater.

A new opera tells the compelling story of an American jazz icon in a way that broadens and diversifies opera’s audience. Opera Philadelphia is in the midst of preparing for the world premiere of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD.  The role of Parker was composed by Daniel Schnyder with tenor Lawrence Brownlee in mind.

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