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.

Scroll down to see recent playlists.

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Playlist

January 06, 2013

9:59 AM
Azurte
Artist : Oliver Nelson
Album : Nocturne
Label : Moodsville
10:07 AM
What’s New
Artist : Carl Fontana
Album : The Great Fontana
Label : Uptown
10:14 AM
Remember
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Blue Berlin
Label : Blue Note
10:19 AM
Embraceable You
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Classic Jazz For Lovers
Label : Time-Life
10:26 AM
Portrait In Black And White
Artist : Joe Henderson
Album : Double Rainbow
Label : Verve
10:34 AM
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Full House
Label : Riverside
10:40 AM
Love Letters
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Wonderful, Wonderful
Label : High Note
10:47 AM
Dreamsville
Artist : Sue Raney
Album : Music Of Henry Mancini
Label : Trend
10:53 AM
Naima
Artist : Cedar Walton
Album : Naima
Label : 32 Jazz
11:03 AM
Little Sunflower
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Sunflower
Label : CTI
11:13 AM
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
Artist : Cheryl Jewell
Album : My Blue Heaven
Label : Cheryl Jewell
11:18 AM
Stablemates
Artist : Stan Getz-Chet Baker
Album : Quintessesnce
Label : Concord
11:25 AM
Mood Indigo
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : After You've Gone
Label : Concord
11:37 AM
A House Is Not A Home
Artist : Christy Baron
Album : Take This journey
Label : Chesky
11:43 AM
Delilah
Artist : Clifford Brown-Max Roach
Album : Clifford Brown-Max Roach
Label : Emarcy
11:51 AM
Shadow Of Your Smile
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : Work Done
Label : High Note
11:58 AM
Miles head
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Miles Ahead
Label : Columbia
12:06 PM
Polka Dots And Moonbeams
Artist : Carl Fontana
Album : The Great Fontana
Label : Uptown
12:13 PM
Kitty
Artist : Ben Webster-Harry Edison
Album : Ben And Sweets
Label : Columbia
12:23 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Shawnn Monteiro
Album : To Carmen With Love
Label : Whaling City
12:30 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Dizzy's Diamonds
Label : Verve
12:35 PM
Up Jumped Spring
Artist : Frank Morgan
Album : Mood Indigo
Label : Antilles
12:40 PM
Where Or When
Artist : Stanley Turrentine And The Three Sounds
Album : The Blue Hour
Label : Blue Note
12:47 PM
Save Your Love For Me
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Love Songs
Label : Capitol
12:53 PM
Body And Soul
Artist : Bill Evans-Toots Thielemans
Album : Affinity
Label : Warner Brothers
1:00 PM
The Look Of Love
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : Rev-elation
Label : Sharp Nine
1:08 PM
Yesterday
Artist : Shirley Horn
Album : May The Music Never End
Label : Verve
1:12 PM
I’ll Remember April
Artist : Jim Cohen
Album : Pedal Steel Jazz
Label : Acceptable
1:21 PM
Schizophrenic Love Medley
Artist : Ella Gahant
Album : By Request
Label : Inner Fire
1:25 PM
I Thought About You
Artist : Dan Fogel
Album : 15 West
Label : Whaling Waters
1:31 PM
Time After Time
Artist : Ben Webster
Album : Warm Moods
Label : Verve
1:34 PM
Blue Gardenia
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Ultimate Dinah Washington
Label : Verve
1:40 PM
My Foolish Heart
Artist : Bobby Hutcherson
Album : Somewhere In The Night
Label : Kind Of Blue
1:50 PM
Rhapsody In Blue
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Reprise Studio Recordings
Label : Mosaic
1:55 PM
Tin Tin Deo
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Dizzy's Diamonds
Label : Verve

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Latest From ICON Magazine
10:48 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Bob Perkins Tells The Story of Billy Strayhorn, Composer of "Take the 'A' Train"

Composer, arranger, and pianist Billy Strathorn is best known for his 30-year collaboration with Duke Ellington. His compositions include "Take the "A" Train," "Chelsea Bridge," and "Lush Life."

He stood five feet, two inches tall, and his musical colleagues dubbed him “Swee’ Pea,” after the little character in the Popeye cartoons. But Billy Strayhorn 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 Duke Ellington Orchestra.

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Latest from Icon Magazine
2:54 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Bob Perkins’ Jazz Library: Memories of Saxophonist Hank Mobley

I don’t recall hearing much about Hank Mobley, 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.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:18 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Sonny Rollins: 'You Can't Think And Play At The Same Time'

"Jazz improvisation is supposed to be the highest form of communication," Sonny Rollins says, "and getting that to the people is our job as musicians."
John Abbott Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 6:27 pm

When you consider that critics have been writing about him for over 60 years, it can seem as if there's nothing left to say about Sonny Rollins. But there is – because over the decades, the "Saxophone Colossus" has never stopped growing or adding to his sound.

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A Snapshot of Ella
6:39 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Ella Fitzgerald: Some Stories about the Queen of Jazz on Her Birthday!

Jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald (1917 to 1996)

WRTI's Susan Lewis takes a look at the life and music of the great jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, with commentary by Jazz Host Bob Perkins. April 25th is Ella's birthday! She would have turned 98 today.

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WRTI Spring Member Drive
5:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

You Listen to WRTI. It's the Simple Truth.

A faithful listener-member of WRTI.

How much do you listen to WRTI? Stop and think about it. Once a week? Twice a week? Three or more times a week? Whatever your answer, the simple truth is that you listen.

Right now, we're asking you to listen to this simple truth: WRTI relies on listeners who are willing to become members to keep this music service going for you and the entire community. Over 50% of our operating costs come from listener-members.

Creatively Speaking
9:03 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Beloved Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

Ella Fitzgerald recorded more than 200 albums in her lifetime.

The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25th, 1917, and died in 1996; she would have turned 98 next week. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, "The Queen of Jazz" - also called "The First Lady of Song," left a lasting legacy on American song and jazz.

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Creatively Speaking
9:45 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

A Jam-Packed Jazz Celebration in Center City

This year's Center City Jazz Festival takes place at Chris' Jazz Cafe, Fergie's Pub, Milkboy Philadelphia, and TIME Restaurant.

The third annual Center City Jazz Festival is coming up on Saturday, April 19th  There are 16 bands performing in a six-hour period, in four venues in downtown Philadelphia. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

The festival warms up on Friday, April 11th at Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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4:22 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

April Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine

Check out Jazz writer Nick Bewsey's CD suggestions for April.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

Contralto Marian Anderson sang at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939, to an estimated crowd of 75,000 people.
University of Pennsylvania

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:08 pm

Seventy-five years ago, on April 9, 1939, as Hitler's troops advanced in Europe and the Depression took its toll in the U.S., one of the most important musical events of the 20th century took place on the National Mall in Washington. There, just two performers, a singer and a pianist, made musical — and social — history.

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Creatively Speaking
8:22 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Last Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story

Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993)

Jazz vocalist, author, and playwright Suzanne Cloud spent about eight months researching Dizzy Gillespie’s life, and writing Last Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story. The production debuted in 2013 at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

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