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

May 07, 2013

6:05 PM
Moment To Momment
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : Moment To Moment
Label : Milestone
6:12 PM
Darm That Dream
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
6:20 PM
Summer Night
Artist : Alan Broadbent
Album : Sounds Of Summer
Label : Concord
6:26 PM
It Was So Good While It Lasted
Artist : Nat Cole
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
6:26 PM
It Was So Good While It Lasted
Artist : Nat Cole
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
6:30 PM
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Artist : Sonny Criss
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Gitanes
6:37 PM
Laura
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Clifford Brown With Strings
Label : Emarcy
6:40 PM
Stolen Moments
Artist : Piers Lawrence
Album : Stolen Moments
Label : Jazzed Net
6:49 PM
Somewhere In The Night
Artist : Teri Thornton
Album : Jazz Divas Gold
Label : Verve
6:52 PM
Stella By Starlight
Artist : James Moody
Album : Moody 4-A
Label : IPO
7:01 PM
Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Don't Mean A Thing If It You Can't Pat Your Foot To It
Label : Pablo
7:07 PM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Trumpet Summit
Album : Trumpet Summit
Label : Mama
7:14 PM
LittleB’s Poem
Artist : EddieHenderson
Album : Inspiration
Label : Milestone
7:20 PM
Funny Valentine
Artist : Stan Getz-J.J. Johnson
Album : At The Opera House
Label : Verve
7:28 PM
Don’t You Know I Care
Artist : Johnny Hartman
Album : Johnny Hartman Collection
Label : Hip-o
7:37 PM
Shiny sStockings
Artist : Barney Kessel
Album : Jelly Beans
Label : Concord
7:45 PM
Footprints
Artist : GRP All-Stars
Album : GRP All-Star Big Band
Label : Jazz Heritage
7:52 PM
I Remember You
Artist : Gene Harris
Album : Brotherhood
Label : Concord
8:04 PM
Every Breath I Take
Artist : Ella Gahant
Album : Immaculate Union
Label : Inner Fire
8:07 PM
Soft Winds
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Time After Time
Label : Pablo
8:16 PM
Bird Of Paradise
Artist : Charlie Parker
Album : Bird Symbols
Label : Collectables
8:19 PM
Ellington Medley
Artist : Billy Eckstine
Album : Compact Jazz
Label : Mercury
8:30 PM
I Get A Kick Out Of You
Artist : Stephane Grappelli
Album : At The Tivoli Gardens
Label : Pablo
8:36 PM
Only A Paper Moon
Artist : Stephane Grappelli
Album : At Tivoli Gardens
Label : Pablo
8:45 PM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : The Jazz Sides
Label : Verve
8:49 PM
Hard Times
Artist : David Newman
Album : Ray Charles Presents David Fathead Newman
Label : Collectables
8:54 PM
Stolen Moments
Artist : Eddie Lockjaw Davis
Album : Straight Blues
Label : Pablo

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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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