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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April 03, 2014

6:06 PM
Easy Living
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Easy Living
Label : Bluebird
6:13 PM
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Ben Webster
Album : During This time
Label : Art Of Groove
6:22 PM
All Of You
Artist : We Three
Album : Cool Again
Label : We Three
6:28 PM
The Gentle Rain
Artist : Tony Bennett
Album : Movie Song Album
Label : Columbia
6:32 PM
Shadow Of Your Smile
Artist : Niels Pederson
Album : Friends Forever
Label : Milestone
6:38 PM
Artist : Kronos Quartet
Album : Complete Landmark Sessions
Label : Landmark
6:47 PM
Artist : Diane Schuur
Album : Timeless
Label : GRP
6:51 PM
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
Artist : Max Roach
Album : Jazz In Three Quarter Time
Label : Emarcy
7:00 PM
Soft Winds
Artist : Red Garland
Album : Best Of The Red Garland Quintets
Label : Prestige
7:06 PM
We’ll Be Together Again
Artist : Sam Most
Album : Organic Flute
Label : Sam Most
7:16 PM
Mean What You Say
Artist : Joe Magnarelli
Album : Mr. Mags
Label : Criss Cross
7:21 PM
Dream Dancing
Artist : Mary Stallings
Album : Dreams
Label : igh Note
7:25 PM
Summer Serenade
Artist : Art Farmer
Album : Art Farmer And The Jazz Giants
Label : Prestige
7:33 PM
Artist : Hendrck Meurkens
Album : Hendrick Meurkens And The New York Samba All- Stars
Label : A Records
7:38 PM
April In Paris
Artist : L.A Voices-Super Sax
Album : Straighten Up And Fly Right
Label : Columbia
7:43 PM
Upper Manhattan Medical Group
Artist : Sam Newsome
Album : Sam I Am
Label : Criss Cross
7:49 PM
Prelude To A Kiss
Artist : M adison Rast
Album : Madison Rast Quintet
Label : Motor Booty
7:56 PM
Long Ago And Far Away
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Chet Baker In Boston
Label : Uptown
8:04 PM
A Day In The Life
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : A Day In The Life
Label : A & M
8:12 PM
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : We Love You Ella
Label : Verve
8:18 PM
I’m Old Fashioned
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Pure Cool
Label : Blue Note
8:26 PM
On A Misty Night
Artist : Peter Leitch
Album : On A Misty Night
Label : Criss Cross
8:33 PM
Cast Your Fate To The Wind
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
8:36 PM
Clear Out Of his World
Artist : June Christy
Album : The Song Is June
Label : Capitol
8:42 PM
Artist : Clifford Bown-Max Roach
Album : Cliffdord Brrown-Max Roach Quintet
Label : Emarcy
8:50 PM
Green Dolphin Street
Artist : EddieHarris
Album : Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
Label : Liquid
8:53 PM
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Steamin' With Miles Davis Quintet
Label : Prestige


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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