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 02, 2012

10:06 AM
The Touch Of Your Lips
Artist : Eddie Daniels
Album : Mean What You Say
Label : IPO
10:06 AM
Star Dust
Artist : Frank Rosolino
Album : Free For All
Label : Specialty
10:11 AM
On A Misty Night
Artist : Shelley Carrol
Album : Gentle Friend
Label : Nicholson Entertainment
10:18 AM
The Good Life
Artist : Della Reese
Album : Moody
Label : ABC Paramount
10:22 AM
Far Wes
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Far Wes
Label : Pacific Jazz
10:30 AM
Laura
Artist : Bob Sneider-Joe Locke
Album : Nocturne For Ava
Label : Origin
10:34 AM
Early Autumn
Artist : Cleo Laine
Album : Jazz Divas Gold
Label : Verve
10:38 AM
I Can’ Get Started
Artist : Stephane Grappelli-Joe Pass-Neils Pederson
Album : At Tivoli Gardens
Label : Pablo
10:48 AM
Watch What Happens
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : I Remember Bird
Label : Collectables
10:56 AM
He’s My Guy
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Something Wonderful
Label : Capitol
11:00 AM
Star Eyes
Artist : Frank Morgan
Album : Yardbird Suite
Label : Contemporary
11:07 AM
Granada
Artist : Grant Green
Album : The Latin Bit
Label : Blue Note
11:15 AM
Until The Real Thing Comes Along
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
11:23 AM
If I Had You
Artist : George Mesterhazy-Joe Barratt
Album : Memories 0f You
Label : Barratt-Mesterhazy
11:31 AM
That Sunday, That Summer
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Cool Ladies Of Jazz
Label : ?
11:35 AM
Silver’s Serenade
Artist : Eddie Green
Album : This One's For You
Label : North Country
11:40 AM
C.C.Rider
Artist : J.J. Johnson
Album : Standards
Label : Antilles
11:49 AM
Tangerine
Artist : Al Grey-Buddy Tate
Album : Just Jazz
Label : Reservoir
11:55 AM
Funny Valentine
Artist : Morgana King
Album : Tender Moments
Label : 32 Jazz
12:06 PM
Alone Together
Artist : Bill Evans-Chet Baker
Album : Chet Baker-Bill Evans
Label : American Jazz Classics
12:13 PM
Nica’s Dream
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Mellow Mood
Label : Verve
12:20 PM
Serenade IN Blue
Artist : Mary Stallings
Album : I Waited For You
Label : Concord
12:28 PM
Alone Together
Artist : Skip Wilkins
Album : I Concentrate On You
Label : Dreambox
12:35 PM
Isfahan
Artist : Joe Henderson
Album : Lush Life
Label : Verve
12:42 PM
Here There And Everywhere
Artist : George Benson
Album : Tenderly
Label : Warner Brothers
12:48 PM
Cheesecake
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Go
Label : Blue Note
1:00 PM
Somewhere In The Night
Artist : Rob McConnell
Album : Thank You Ted
Label : Justin Time
1:08 PM
No Moon At All
Artist : Rasndy Sandke
Album : Cliffhanger
Label : Nagel-Heyer
1:18 PM
Tender Is The Night
Artist : Billy Eckstine
Album : 12 Great Movie Songs
Label : Mercury
1:21 PM
You Go To My Head
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Best Of Blue Note Years
Label : Blue Note
1:25 PM
The Odd Couple
Artist : Jay Ashby-Steve Davis
Album : Mistaken Identity
Label : MCG
1:32 PM
Lost April
Artist : Nat King Cole
Album : Nat King Cole 1947-1949
Label : Classics
1:35 PM
Topsy
Artist : AL Grey-Buddy Tate
Album : Just Jazz
Label : MPS
1:40 PM
Michelle
Artist : Singers Unlimted
Album : Magic Voices
Label : MPS
1:44 PM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Walk On
Label : Telarc
1:53 PM
Once In A While
Artist : Atan Kenton
Album : The Romantic Approach
Label : Capitol
1:56 PM
Satin Doll
Artist : Count Basie
Album : Warm Breeze
Label : Pablo

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Fri March 14, 2014

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Wed March 12, 2014

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Fri March 7, 2014

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Station Announcements
7:30 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

The Berks Jazz Fest Is Coming Up...

Are you planning on checking out the 2014 Berks Jazz Fest in Reading? It's a must-attend event. Of course, we'll be there! Mark your calendar now, drive up between March 28th and April 6th, and stop by and say hello to some of our WRTI hosts - Jeff Duperon on Friday night the 28th, and Bob Perkins on Sunday morning the 30th.

Details and full lineup here.

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Frank Wess.
Hiroyuki Ito Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 12:35 pm

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Sun February 2, 2014

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Bryan Frank Long Beach Opera

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Zhuang Yan Courtesy of the artists

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