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

June 16, 2013

9:06 AM
Too Young To Go Steady
Artist : Fred Wackenhut w./ Larry McKenna
Album : This I Dig Of You
Label : Art Of Life Records
9:13 AM
Come Sunday
Artist : Pat Martino
Album : Timeless
Label : Savoy
9:23 AM
In Your Own Sweet Way
Artist : Dave Brubeck And His Sons
Album : In Their Own Sweet Way
Label : Telarc
9:31 AM
Sometimes I’m Happy
Artist : Freddy Cole
Album : This And That
Label : High Note
9:37 AM
Put On A Happy Face
Artist : Jay Hoggard
Album : Overview
Label : Muse
9:46 AM
Easy Living
Artist : Joshua Redman
Album : Walking Shadows
Label : Nonesuch Records
9:51 AM
All Blues
Artist : Ray Bryant Trio
Album : All Blues
Label : Pablo
10:02 AM
Girl Talk
Artist : Dave Siebels
Album : Dave Siebels w./ Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band
Label : N/A
10:08 AM
Make The Man Love Me
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : For Those In Love
Label : Emarcy
10:16 AM
Street Of Dreams
Artist : Wynton Marsalis w./ Ellis Marsalis
Album : Standard Time Vol 3/ Resolution Of Romance
Label : Columbia
10:20 AM
Sultry Serenade
Artist : Ellis & Delfeyo Marsalis
Album : The Marsalis Family..A Jazz Celebration
Label : Marsalis Music
10:27 AM
When The World Was Young
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Gitanes
10:33 AM
Look To The Sky
Artist : Trio Da Paz
Album : Somewhere
Label : Blue Toucan Music
10:41 AM
Wonder Why
Artist : The Jazztet
Album : Big City Sounds
Label : Argo
10:47 AM
Cheek To Cheek
Artist : New York Trio
Album : Always
Label : Venus
10:55 AM
For Once In My Life
Artist : Jimmy Scott
Album : Lost And Found
Label : Rhino Records
11:03 AM
Song For My Father
Artist : Horace SIlver
Album : Song For My Father
Label : Blue Note
11:11 AM
The Eighth Day
Artist : Phil Moore III & The Afro Latin Soultet
Album : Afro Brazil Oba
Label : Tower Records
11:14 AM
Don’t Misunderstand
Artist : Houston Person
Album : To Etta With Love
Label : High Note Records
11:18 AM
Emily
Artist : Warren Wolf
Album : Warren Wolf
Label : Mack Avenue Records
11:29 AM
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
Artist : Nat & Natalie Cole
Album : Still Unforgettable
Label : Atco Records
11:32 AM
I Remember You
Artist : The Jazz Professors
Album : Do That Again
Label : Flying Horse Records
11:37 AM
I Get Along Without You Very Well
Artist : Steve Rudolph Trio
Album : Daydream
Label : Pa-Ct Records
11:46 AM
Here Am I
Artist : Donald Byrd
Album : Byrd In Hand
Label : Blue Note
11:54 AM
Jeannine
Artist : Swingadelic
Album : The Other Duke
Label : Zoho Records
12:06 PM
I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Brown And Roach Incorporated
Label : Emarcy
12:13 PM
Moody’s Mood For Love
Artist : Annie Ross
Album : Annie Ross & Pony Poindexter
Label : BASF Records (vinyl)
12:21 PM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Bucky & John Pizzarelli
Album : Swinging Sevens
Label : Stash Records
12:24 PM
Moonlight In Vermont
Artist : Aaron Diehl
Album : The Bespoke Man's Narrative
Label : Mack Avenue
12:34 PM
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Artist : ’Papa’ John DeFrancesco
Album : A Philadelphia Story
Label : Savant Records
12:41 PM
On And On
Artist : Jeff Hamilton Trio
Album : Sparkle
Label : Capri Records
12:50 PM
Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid
Artist : Lester Young
Album : The Alladin Sessions
Label : Blue Note
12:56 PM
With The Wind And Rain In Your Hair
Artist : Tal Farlow
Album : Tal Farlowe '78
Label : Concord Jazz

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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

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)

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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.

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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

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The festival warms up on Friday, April 11th at Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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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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