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

March 06, 2013

6:06 PM
Squeeze Me
Artist : Delfeayo Marsalis
Album : Minions Dominion
Label : Troubadour Records
6:15 PM
Time Remembered
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Interplay
Label : Riverside
6:21 PM
Up Jumped Spring
Artist : Steve Nelson
Album : Sound Effect
Label : High Note
6:32 PM
Prelude To A Kiss
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Piano Reflections
Label : Capitol
6:35 PM
Until The Real Thing Comes Along
Artist : Pete Smyser & Larry McKenna
Album : Pete Smyser & Larry McKenna
Label : C A P
6:45 PM
For All We Know
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Roulette
6:47 PM
What’s New
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Smokin' At The Half Note
Label : Verve
6:57 PM
Repetition
Artist : Roy Hargrove
Album : Parker's Mood
Label : Verve
7:04 PM
Don’t Blame Me
Artist : Charlie Parker
Album : Charlie Parker At Storyville
Label : Verve
7:11 PM
Kenny Drew
Artist : Benny Green
Album : Magic Beans
Label : Sunny Side
7:18 PM
Stompin’ At The Savoy
Artist : Jay Hoggard
Album : The Fountain
Label : Muse Records
7:27 PM
Old Folks
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Someday My Prince Will Come
Label : Columbia
7:32 PM
Save Your Love For Me
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Across The Tracks
Label : Concord
7:40 PM
A Kiss To Build A Dream On
Artist : Ann Hampton Callaway
Album : Signature
Label : After 9 Records
7:43 PM
Be My Love
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Chicago Revisited
Label : Telarc
7:50 PM
Cinema Pardiso
Artist : Regina Carter
Album : Paganini After A Dream
Label : Verve
8:00 PM
Stablemates
Artist : The Bill Harris Quintet
Album : This Time The Dream's On Me
Label : Pensativa Productions
8:04 PM
Nice And Easy
Artist : Gene Harris
Album : Funky Gene's
Label : Concord
8:13 PM
Rio
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : The Procrastinator
Label : Blue Note
8:19 PM
East Of The Sun
Artist : Diana Krall
Album : Live In Paris
Label : Verve
8:27 PM
Who Can I Turn To
Artist : Dave Sills
Album : Bigs
Label : Naxos Jazz
8:33 PM
Old Devil Moon
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Chet In Chicago
Label : Enja Records
8:44 PM
So Many Stars
Artist : George Duke
Album : In A Mellow Tone
Label : BPM Records
8:49 PM
Don’t Cha Go Away Mad
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Naturally
Label : High Note
8:57 PM
Just For A Thrill
Artist : Ray Brown & Milt Jackson
Album : Much In Common
Label : Verve

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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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