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

December 01, 2013

9:06 AM
Django
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
9:13 AM
Nuages
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Stephane Grappelli
Album : Skol
Label : Pablo
9:20 AM
That Sunday That Summer
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Coll Ladies Of Jazz
Label : ?
9:24 AM
Naima
Artist : Hendrik Meurkens
Album : View From Manhattan
Label : Concord
9:36 AM
I Want To Be Happy
Artist : Stan Getz-Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson-Stan Getz
Label : Verve
9:43 AM
Shadow Of Your Smile
Artist : Eddie Harris
Album : Bet Of Eddie Harris
Label : Atlantic
9:49 AM
I Remember Clifford
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : European Tour
Label : Label M
9:54 AM
Everything Must Change
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : By Request--Best Of Karrin Allyson
Label : Concord
10:02 AM
Lady Bird
Artist : Jon Meyer
Album : The Classics
Label : Reservoir
10:09 AM
Angel Eyes
Artist : Hank Crawford
Album : High Heat Low Flame
Label : Atlantic
10:19 AM
Wendy
Artist : Brent Jensen
Album : The Sound Of A Dry Martini
Label : Origin
10:26 AM
Lost Mind
Artist : Mose Allison
Album : The Word From Mose
Label : Atlantic
10:31 AM
The Scene Is Clean
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Defintiive Clifford rown
Label : Verve
10:37 AM
I Can’t Get Started With You
Artist : Al Grey
Album : Truly Wonderful
Label : Stash
10:45 AM
Love Me Or Leave Me
Artist : Lena Horne
Album : Classic Lena Horne
Label : RCA
10:49 AM
Sweet And Lovely
Artist : Gerry Mulligan-Thelonious Monk
Album : Mulligan Meets Monk
Label : Riverside
10:57 PM
Jordu
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Birks Works
Label : Real Gone
11:02 PM
Here, There And Everywhere
Artist : George Benson
Album : Tenderly
Label : Warner Brothers
11:08 PM
Down Fuzz
Artist : Lem Winchester-Benny Golson
Album : Winchester Special
Label : Fantasy
9:00 AM
All Blues
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : The Legacy
Label : Enja
11:27 AM
The Bad And the Beautiful
Artist : Tony Bennett-Bill Evans
Album : Together Again
Label : Rhino
11:30 AM
They say Falling In Love Is Wonderful
Artist : Sonny Stitt-Don Patterson
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Prestige
11:37 AM
Fallen Feathers
Artist : Canonball Adderley
Album : Beginnings
Label : Emarcy
11:43 AM
At last
Artist : Loretta Holloway
Album : Quietly
Label : La voce
11:47 AM
Wave
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson In Russia
Label : Pablo
11:52 AM
I Hear A Rhapsody
Artist : Zoot Sims
Album : The Innocent Years
Label : Pablo
12:00 PM
So In Love
Artist : Bob DeVos
Album : Playing For Keeps
Label : Savant
12:06 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Dizzy Gillepie
Album : Afro
Label : Real Gone
12:11 PM
The Lamp Is Low
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
12:17 PM
A Beautiful Friendship
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Montreaux 1975
Label : Pablo
12:25 PM
Sunny
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
12:31 PM
If I Had You
Artist : Stephane Grappelli-Oscar Peterson
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Gitanes
12:40 PM
Out Of Nowhere
Artist : Larry McKenna
Album : Profile
Label : Dreambox
12:45 PM
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Artist : Billy Eckstine
Album : Everything I Have Is Yours
Label : Verve
12:49 PM
On A Clear Day
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Let it Go
Label : Impulse
12:56 PM
Miles Ahead
Artist : Miles Dvis
Album : Miles Ahead
Label : Columbia

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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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