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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Playlist

January 13, 2013

10:00 AM
Chelsea Bridge
Artist : Gerry Mulligan-Ben Webster
Album : Ellington- Strayhorn Songbook
Label : Verve
10:07 AM
In The Still Of The Night
Artist : Bill Charlap
Album : Written In The Stars
Label : Blue Note
10:15 AM
Django
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : MJQ And Friends
Label : Atlantic
10:23 AM
Love Wants To Dance
Artist : Diane Schuur
Album : Diane Schuur Collection
Label : GRP
10:31 AM
Enchantment
Artist : Larry Vuckavitch
Album : Something Special
Label : Tetrachord
10:37 AM
Solar
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Prestige Legacy
Label : Prestige
10:42 AM
Darn That Dream
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Music For Lovers
Label :
10:50 AM
Medley
Artist : Morgana King
Album : Tender Moments
Label : 32 Jazz
10:55 AM
How Insensitive
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Soul Espanol
Label : Limelight
11:01 AM
Candy
Artist : The Jazz GAiants
Album : The Jazz Giants
Label : Verve
11:09 AM
Body And Soul
Artist : Eddie Davis
Album : Prestige Profiles"Lockjaw" Eddie Davis
Label : Pretige
11:15 AM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Cat Connor
Album : Cat Tales
Label : Cat Connor
11:23 AM
Daahoud
Artist : James Moody
Album : James Moody
Label : Priceless
11:31 AM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : Peter Weniger-And The Metropole Orchestra
Album : Peter Weniger And The Metropole Orchestra
Label : Mons
11:38 AM
Embraceable You
Artist : Don Patterson
Album : Just Friends
Label : Prestige
11:50 AM
A Train
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : The Best of the Duke Ellington Songbook
Label : Verve
11:56 AM
Memories Of You
Artist : Mundel Lowe
Album : Guitar Moods
Label : Rivreside
12:06 PM
That Old Feeling
Artist : Roy Haynes
Album : Love Letters
Label : Columbia
12:12 PM
This Is All I Ask
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Buddy De Franco
Album : Hark
Label : Pablo
12:18 PM
I’m Old Fashioned
Artist : Miss Justine
Album : Tasty
Label : Dreambox
12:23 PM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : Ted Rosenthal
Album : Out Of This World
Label : Going For Spins
12:30 PM
O Grande Amor
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Sweet Rain
Label : Verve
12:36 PM
Mood Indigo
Artist : Coleman Hawkins-Duke Ellington
Album : Ellington Meets Hawkins
Label : Impulse
12:41 PM
Line For Lyons
Artist : Lionel Hampton
Album : Lionel Hampton And Friends
Label : Telarc
12:50 PM
CHristo Redentor
Artist : Donald Byrd
Album : Best Of Blue Note
Label : Blue Note
12:55 PM
Day Dream
Artist : Sonny Criss
Album : Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn Songbook
Label : Verve
1:01 PM
Moon And Sand
Artist : Jackie Ryan
Album : This Heart Of Mine
Label : Open Art
1:07 PM
Dolphin Dance
Artist : Keystone Quartet
Album : A Love Story
Label : Milestone
1:16 PM
Home In Indiana
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : MJQ And Friends
Label : Atlantic
1:24 PM
Two For The Road
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : For The Love Of You
Label : E1
1:31 PM
I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Brown nd Roach Inc
Label : Emarcy
1:38 PM
Make Believe
Artist : Pete Symser
Album : Jerome Kern Concert
Label : Pete Smyser
1:43 PM
I’ll Be Tired Of You
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Misty
Label : Polygram
1:48 PM
Sunday
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Prestige Legacy
Label : Prestige
1:55 PM
Sister Sadie
Artist : Ray Brown/ Monty Alexander/Herb Ellis
Album : Ray Brown/Monty Alexander/Herb Ellis
Label : Concord

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:06 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

Drummer Art Blakey, who recorded for Blue Note from 1954 to 1965, in the studio.
Francis Wolff Blue Note Records

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:48 pm

Blue Note Records is the kind of record label that people like to call "storied" — so celebrated and impactful that no one narrative can capture its essence. From swing to bebop and hard bop, through fusion and the avant-garde, Blue Note has been telling the story of jazz in the grooves of its records since 1939 — and for its 75th anniversary, it's releasing remastered vinyl editions of some gems from its catalog. But the real legacy of the label is too big to capture on disc.

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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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Check Out These Jazz CDS!
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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