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

February 17, 2013

10:00 AM
Delilah
Artist : Bobby Hutcherson
Album : Skyliner
Label : Verve
10:07 AM
How Deep Is The Ocean
Artist : Curis Counce
Album : Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce
Label : Contemporary
10:16 AM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : Ted Rosenthal
Album : Out Of Thos World
Label : Going For Spins
10:21 AM
Never, Never Land
Artist : Jane Monheit
Album : Never, Never Land
Label : N-Coded
10:26 AM
Enchantment
Artist : Davis Sanborn
Album : Closer
Label : Verve
10:32 AM
Robbin’s Nest
Artist : Tommy Flanagan-Hank Jones
Album : Jazz Improv
Label : Jazz Improv
10:39 AM
Laura
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : The Retun Of Fourmost
Label : Milestone
10:53 AM
A House Is Not A Home
Artist : Christy Barron
Album : Take This Journey
Label : Chesky
11:00 AM
Dear Old Stockholm
Artist : The All-Starys Play Miles Davis Classics
Album : Dream Session
Label : Milestone
11:07 AM
Will You Still Be Mine
Artist : Red Garland
Album : Best Of The Red Garland Trios
Label : Pablo
11:13 AM
Them There Eyes
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Stephane Grappelli
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Verve
11:19 AM
All My Tomorrows
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Yesterday
Label :
11:21 PM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Art Pepper
Album : Art Of The Ballad
Label : Prestige
11:39 PM
Invitation
Artist : Micheal O’Neill
Album : Still Dancin'
Label : Jazzmo
11:48 PM
Exodus
Artist : Eddie Harris
Album : Eddie Harris Anthology
Label : Atlantic
11:55 AM
Close To You
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Great American Songbook
Label : Atlantic
12:06 PM
Alone Together
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : All About My Girl
Label : Muse
12:13 PM
Flamingo
Artist : Osca peterson-Stepane Grappelli
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Gitanes
12:18 PM
People Get Ready
Artist : Cheryl Jewell
Album : My Blue Heaven
Label : Cheryl Jewell
12:25 PM
Li’l Darlin’
Artist : Chuck Redd
Album : Happy All The Time
Label : Arbor
12:32 PM
Green Dolphin Street
Artist : Three Sounds
Album : Moods
Label : Blue Note
12:37 PM
Lady Bird
Artist : Hank Jones-James Moody
Album : Our Delight
Label : IPO
12:44 PM
I Won’t Last A Day Without You
Artist : Buddy Rich-Mel Torme
Album : Together Again For The First Time
Label : Mobile Fidelity
12:50 PM
After The Rain
Artist : Eric Alexander
Album : Summit Meeting
Label : Milestone
12:57 PM
Groove Yard
Artist : Montgomery Brothers
Album : Montgomery Brothers
Label : Fresh Sound
1:01 PM
Day Dream
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Duke Ellington Presents
Label : Bethlehem
1:05 PM
Baubles, Bangles And Beads
Artist : Zoot Sims
Album : Soprano Sax
Label : Pablo
1:09 PM
Strollin’
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : Footprints
Label : Concord
1:22 PM
Stompin’ At The Savoy
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Four Clasic Albums
Label : Avid
1:29 PM
Time After Time
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Great Moments With Ernestine Anderson
Label : Concord
1:34 PM
Honeysuckle Rose
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Summertime
Label : Concord
1:44 PM
When Sunny Gets Blue
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Sarah Plus Two
Label : Roulette
1:47 PM
You’re Driving Me Crazy
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Jeg And Dodo
Label : Prestige
1:54 PM
Fathead
Artist : David Newman
Album : Ray Charles Presents David Newman
Label : Collectables

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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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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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