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 20, 2013

10:00 AM
Meditation
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Art Of The Ballad
Label : Prestige
10:08 AM
Can’t Get Started With You
Artist : Kenny Barron-Tommy Flanagan
Album : together
Label : Jazz Heritage
10:16 AM
Moon And Sand
Artist : Randy Napoleon
Album : Between Friends
Label : Azira
10:22 AM
Portrait In Black And White
Artist : Joe Henderson
Album : Double Rainbow
Label : Verve
10:27 AM
Skylark
Artist : Sonny Criss
Album : This Is Criss
Label : Prestige
10:33 AM
Paris Blues
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Organic Duke
Label : Concord
10:39 AM
Embraceable You
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Classic Jazz For Lovers
Label : Time-Life
10:48 AM
Far Wes
Artist : Jim Cohen
Album : Pedal Steel Jazz
Label : Acceptable
10:54 AM
Azurte
Artist : Oliver Nelson
Album : Nocturne
Label : Moodsville
11:01 AM
There Will Never Be Another You
Artist : Woody Shaw
Album : Solid
Label : 32 Jazz
11:08 AM
The Naked City
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Naked City Theme
Label : Argo
11:15 AM
You And I
Artist : Ray Charles-Betty Carter
Album : Ray Charles-Betty Carter
Label : ABC Paramount
11:18 AM
Lover Man
Artist : Art Tatum-Buddy DeFranco
Album : Tatum Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
11:32 AM
Along Came Betty
Artist : Ron McCroby
Album : Ron McCroby Plays Pucallo
Label : Concord
11:37 AM
What’s New
Artist : Carl Fontana
Album : The Great Fontana
Label : Uptown
11:45 AM
Moon River
Artist : Sue Raney
Album : Dreamsville
Label : Trend
11:49 AM
Where Or When
Artist : The Three Sounds With Stanley Turrentine
Album : Blue Hour
Label : Jazz Heritage
11:57 AM
The Bad And The Beautiful
Artist : Bill Evans-Tony Bennett
Album : Together Again
Label : Rhino
12:06 PM
Star Eyes
Artist : Frank Morgan-Art Farmer
Album : Central Avenue Reunion
Label : Contemporary
12:15 PM
Jitterbug Wltz
Artist : Zoot Sims
Album : Warm Tenor
Label : Pablo
12:23 PM
When Sunny Gets Blue
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Guess Who I saw Today
Label : Capitol
12:26 PM
The Duke
Artist : Joe Pass
Album : My Song
Label : Telarc
12:33 PM
Falling In Love Is Wonderful
Artist : Sonny Stitt-Don Patterson
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Prestige
12:42 PM
I Concentrate On You
Artist : Lena Horne
Album : Lovely And Alive
Label : RCA
12:45 PM
Only A Paper Moon
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Harold Arlen Celebration
Label : Concord
12:51 PM
Last Night When We Were Young
Artist : George Shearing-Mel torme
Album : Harold Arlen Centennial
Label : Concord
12:56 PM
Contrasts
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Complete Reprise Studio Recordings
Label : Mosaic
1:01 PM
A Train
Artist : Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars
Album : The European Tour
Label : Concord
1:08 PM
April In Paris
Artist : Thad Jones
Album : The Magnificent Thad Jones
Label : Blue Note
1:16 PM
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Artist : Count Bsasie-Arthur Prysock
Album : Basie-Prysock
Label : Verve
1:20 PM
Favors
Artist : Stephane Grappelli
Album : Uptown Dance
Label : Columbia
1:25 PM
Never Never Land/ When You Wish Upon A Star
Artist : Ali Ryerson-Steve Rudolph
Album : Soul Quest
Label : PA.CT
1:31 PM
Don’t You Know I Care
Artist : Johnny Hartman
Album : Johnny Hartman Collection
Label : Hip-0
1:35 PM
Flutin’ The Blues
Artist : James Moody
Album : James Moody
Label : Priceless Jazz
1:41 PM
Milestones
Artist : Roy Hargrove
Album : The Vibe
Label : Novus
1:49 PM
Dreamsville
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Sarah For Lovers
Label : Verve
1:53 PM
You Go To My Head
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : lue Note

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Thu May 22, 2014

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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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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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5:18 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

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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)

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

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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.

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9:03 pm
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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

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4:22 pm
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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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