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

November 27, 2013

6:06 PM
Midnight Sun
Artist : Gary Burton
Album : For Hamp,Red,Bags And Cal
Label : Concord Jazz
6:14 PM
Here’s That Rainy Day
Artist : Freddy Hubbard
Album : Straight Life
Label : CTI Records
6:20 PM
Be My Love
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Chicago Revisited-Live At Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase
Label : Telarc
6:25 PM
Moon River
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark
Label : Blue Note
6:33 PM
A Ballad
Artist : Stan Getz & Gerry Mulligan
Album : Getz Meets Mulligan In Hi Fi
Label : Verve
6:38 PM
Easy Living
Artist : Ann Hampton Callaway
Album : Easy Living
Label : Sin-Drome Records
6:47 PM
Teef
Artist : Louis Hayes
Album : At Large
Label : Sharp Nine Records
6:54 PM
September In The Rain
Artist : Harry "Sweets" Edsoison
Album : The Inventive Mr. Edison
Label : Pacific Jazz (vinyl)
7:01 PM
Tis Autumn
Artist : Red Garland
Album : All Kinds Of Weather
Label : Prestige
7:10 PM
Passion Flower
Artist : Eddie Daniels Quartet
Album : Mean What You Say
Label : IPO Records
7:19 PM
It Don’t Mean A Thing
Artist : Chico Hamilton Quartet
Album : The Origial Ellington Suite
Label : Pacific Jazz
7:22 PM
Second Time Around
Artist : Chico Hamilton Quintet
Album : Transfusion
Label : Studio West
7:28 PM
Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
Artist : Peggy King w./ Andre Previn
Album : N/A
Label : N/A
7:33 PM
Birks Works
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Dizzy's Big 4
Label : Pablo Records
7:43 PM
On And On
Artist : Jeff Hamilton Trio
Album : Sparkle
Label : Capri Records
7:49 PM
Ill Wind
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Nice 'N' Easy
Label : High Note
7:58 PM
Mr. Lucky
Artist : Buddy Rich Band
Album : Mercy Mercy
Label : Pacific Jazz
8:03 PM
Home Cookin’
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : The Stylings Of Silver
Label : Blue Note
8:12 PM
Old Folks
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Tin Tin Deo
Label : Concord Records
8:17 PM
When I Look In Your Eyes
Artist : Irene Kral
Album : Whher Is Love
Label : Choice Records
8:20 PM
I’ve Got A Crush On You
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Exclusively For My Friends
Label : MBS Records
8:27 PM
Whispering Grass
Artist : Hank Crawford
Album : Soul Of The Ballad
Label : Atlantic
8:30 PM
It AIn’t Use Use
Artist : Deep Blue Organ Trio
Album : Wonderful
Label : Origin
8:39 PM
Soft Touch
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : The Procrastinator
Label : Blue Note
8:46 PM
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
Artist : Joe Pass
Album : Portraits Of Duke Elington
Label : Pablo
8:53 PM
When You Wish Upon
Artist : Don Braden Sextet
Album : Wish List
Label : Criss Cross Jazz

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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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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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