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

October 14, 2013

6:06 PM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Coleman Hawkins
Album : Best Of Coleman Hawkins
Label : Prestige
6:13 PM
Time Ater Time
Artist : Curtis Counce
Album : Landslide
Label : Contemporary
6:20 PM
Wendy
Artist : Brent Jensen
Album : Sound Of A Dry Martini
Label : Origin
6:30 PM
Last Night When We Were Young
Artist : George Shearing-Mel Torme
Album : An Elegant Evening
Label : Concord
6:35 PM
Nuages
Artist : Mitl Jackson-Ray Bown-Joe Pass
Album : The Big Three
Label : Pablo
6:44 PM
These Foolish Things
Artist : SonnyCriss
Album : Complete Imperial Sessions
Label : Blue Note
6:50 PM
Clear Out Of This World
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Ella Sings Sweet Sings For Swingers
Label : Verve
6:55 PM
The Heather On The Hill
Artist : Russell Malone
Album : Look Who's Here
Label : Verve
7:00 PM
No More Blues
Artist : Joe Henderson
Album : Double Rainbow
Label : vERVE
7:07 PM
Ceora
Artist : Lee morgan
Album : Best Of Lee Morgan
Label : Blue Note
7:15 PM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : Organic Vibe Trio
Album : Organic Vibe Trio
Label : Soundview
7:23 PM
The Fool On The Hill
Artist : Mary Ann Redmon
Album : Compared To What
Label : Mary Ann Redmon
7:29 PM
Holy Land
Artist : Jon Mayer
Album : So Many Stars
Label : Reservoir
7:36 PM
Some Day My Prince Will Come
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : This Is Jazz
Label : Columbia
7:44 PM
Flamingo
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : The Sermon
Label : Blue Note
7:54 PM
Perdido
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : A Night Out With Verve
Label : Verve
8:00 PM
Serenade IN Blue
Artist : Gloria Lynne
Album : Gloria Lynne's Greatest Hits
Label : Everest
8:03 PM
This Can’t Be Love
Artist : Stan Getz-Gerry Mulligan
Album : Mulligan Meets The Saxophonists
Label : Verve
8:12 PM
Jet Song
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Ultimate Oscar Peterson
Label : Verve
8:22 PM
Just Squeeze Me
Artist : Joe Newman
Album : Good And Groovy
Label : Prestige
8:31 PM
After The Rain
Artist : Mile LeDonne
Album : John Coltrane Songbook
Label : High Note
8:41 PM
Naima
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : WRTI Anniversary
Label : WRTI
8:50 PM
This Can’t Be Love
Artist : Joe Barratt-George Mesterhazy
Album : Memories Of You
Label : Mesterhazy-Barratt
8:55 PM
Monnglow
Artist : Milt Jackson-Ray Brown-Joe Pass
Album : The Big Three
Label : Pablo

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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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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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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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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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