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 11, 2012

6:06 PM
Those Were The days
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Art Of The Ballad
Label : Prestige
6:14 PM
I Hear A Rhapsody
Artist : Carol Robbins
Album : Three And Four
Label : Jazz Cats
6:20 PM
On The Trail
Artist : Itzahak Perlman-Oscar Peterson
Album : Side By Side
Label : Telarc
6:30 PM
I’ll Get By As Long As I Have You
Artist : Coleman Hawkins
Album : Bet Of Coleman Hawkins
Label : Prestige
6:37 PM
Candy
Artist : Jazz Giants
Album : Jazz Giants
Label : Verve
6:42 PM
These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : At The Opera House
Label : Verve
6:46 PM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Art Pepper
Album : Art Of The Ballad
Label : Prestige
6:56 PM
Stairway To The Stars
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Some Of My Best Friends Are Trumpet Players
Label : Telarc
7:01 PM
Flamingo
Artist : Pete Colangelo-Larry McKenna
Album : Horn Talk
Label : Colangelo-McKenna
7:08 PM
Last Night When We Were Young
Artist : George Shearing-Mel Torme
Album : An Elegant Evening
Label : Concord
7:14 PM
Days Of Wine And Roses
Artist : Bill Evans-Toots Thielemans
Album : Affinity
Label : Warner Brothers
7:21 PM
Road Song
Artist : Wes Montgomery- Jimmy Smith
Album : The Dynamic Duo
Label : Verve
7:26 PM
Besame Mucho
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : No More Blues
Label : Past Perfect
7:31 PM
Stolen Moments
Artist : Joe Locke-Kenny Barron
Album : But Beautiful
Label : Steeplechase
7:39 PM
The Touch Of Your Lips
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Ben Webster
Album : Webster Meets Peterson
Label : Verve
7:45 PM
Make Believe
Artist : Monty Alexander
Album : Jerome Kern Songbook
Label : Concord
7:52 PM
There I’ve Said It Again
Artist : Freddie Cole
Album : Rio Dejaneiro Blue
Label : Telarc
7:57 PM
The Bad And The Beautiful
Artist : Tony Bennett-Bill Evans
Album : Together Again
Label : Rhino
8:01 PM
Straight Street
Artist : Eric Alexander
Album : Solid
Label : Milestone
8:07 PM
You Say You Care
Artist : JohnColtrane
Album : Prestige Legacy
Label : Prestige
8:16 PM
Always
Artist : Lionel Hampton-Oscar Peterson
Album : Jazz Masters 26
Label : Verve
8:24 PM
Pure Imagination
Artist : Five Play
Album : Five Play, Plus
Label : Arbors
8:31 PM
Dedicated To You
Artist : Johnny Hartman-John Coltrane
Album : Hartman-Coltrane
Label : Impulse
8:36 PM
Fly Me To The Moon
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Good fellas
Label : Concord
8:41 PM
Once I Loved
Artist : Milt Jackson-Monty Alexander
Album : Soul Fusion
Label : Pablo
8:48 PM
Here, There And Everywhere
Artist : George Benson
Album : Tenderly
Label : Warner Brothers
8:54 PM
Out Of Nowhere
Artist : Rob McConnell
Album : Boss Brass And Woods
Label : Impulse

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
1:31 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return

Bud Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation on the piano.
Metronome Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 2:14 pm

The great bebop pianist Bud Powell played several engagements at the New York jazz club Birdland in 1953. Parts of his shows were broadcast on the radio, and one listener recorded some onto acetate discs. A new collection of those recordings is out now: Birdland 1953 on three CDs from ESP-Disk'. The sound quality isn't much, but the music is terrific.

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Check Out These Jazz CDS!
2:01 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

March Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine

Israeli jazz saxophonist Eli Degibri

Nick Bewsey from ICON Magazine has a bunch of great jazz CDs to tell you about.

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Join WRTI for Wine & Jazz
10:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Coming Up! Longwood Gardens 2014 Wine & Jazz Festival

This year's Wine & Jazz Festival is expanding to a garden-wide experience with live jazz performances on multiple stages throughout Longwood Gardens.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 red-hot Longwood Gardens Wine & Jazz Festival! This year, the fun is on Saturday, June 7th, from 2 to 9 pm, and is expanding to a garden-wide experience with live jazz performances on multiple stages throughout Longwood Gardens.

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Latest from Icon Magazine
10:47 am
Wed March 12, 2014

The March Jazz Scene

Alto saxophonist Charles “Yarbird” Parker was one of the founders and inventors of what we now know as "modern jazz."

Bop Goes the Opera - In 2002, the brilliant saxophonist Joe Lovano took the jazz-meets-classical music concept outside of the box when he recorded jazz versions of tunes from the songbook of opera legend Enrico Caruso. While Viva Caruso was critically acclaimed and did well for Lovano and Blue Note Records, it represented, at the time, the beginning and end of jazz versions of operatic compositions and vice-versa. Until now.

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Swing with Bob Craig Every Sunday Night!
4:51 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Big Band Jazz In A Hefti Bag! Sunday, March 9 at 7 PM

Join WRTI's Bob Craig this Sunday night to hear music composed and arranged by Neil Hefti for a number of band - especially Count Basie and Woody Herman. You'll hear several of his songs such as  "Girl Talk," "Lil' Darlin'" and "Cute."

That's on Big Band Jazz, Sunday, March 9, 7 to 8 pm. Don't miss it!

Latest From ICON Magazine
5:02 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

The Story of Duke Ellington's Longtime Tenor Sax Bandman

Tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves with Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington was a fascinating figure—so much so that quite a number of books and shorter profiles of the man came to be during his time, and well after his passing. Writers were always peering over his shoulder, trying to get a fix on how he operated his band and made it so successful; they even attempted to poke into his personal life, which the Duke managed to keep fairly secret.

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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.

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:43 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

In Session: Frank Wess' 'Magic 201' Offers One Last Lesson

Frank Wess.
Hiroyuki Ito Getty Images

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

Frank Wess' new album, Magic 201, is a sequel to last year's similar helping of ballads and midtempo strollers, Magic 101. The new album is very nearly every bit as good, and made a little more poignant by Wess' death just before Halloween. On his last session as a leader in 2011, he was still sounding strong at 89.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
6:42 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Duke Ellington's Lost Opera, Forever A Work In Progress

Karen Marie Richardson (right) plays the title role in the Long Beach Opera's staging of Queenie Pie, the jazz opera Duke Ellington left unfinished when he died in 1974.
Bryan Frank Long Beach Opera

Duke Ellington added more than 3,000 songs to the American music vault before his death in 1974. He also started composing what he hoped would be a great American street opera — which composers have spent 40 years adapting, trying to figure out what the Duke wanted for his unfinished opus.

But before you imagine soothing arias or boisterous trills and vibrato, let me stop you: Ellington's opera is very much a work of jazz.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:51 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Dave Brubeck Was The Macklemore Of 1954

Dave Brubeck received a posthumous tribute at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

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