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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December 19, 2012

6:06 PM
Stairway To The Stars
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
6:13 PM
Golden Earrings
Artist : Ray Bryant
Album : Golden Earrings
Label : Emarcy
6:22 PM
Artist : Nina Bundy
Album : Simply Natural
Label : Nina Bundy
6:26 PM
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : A Swinging Christmas
Label : Verve
6:31 PM
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Giant Steps
Label : Enja
6:36 PM
Chelsea Bridge
Artist : Gerry Mulligan- Ben Webster
Album : Ellington-Strayhorn Songbook
Label : Verve
6:47 PM
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Artist : Loren Shoenberg
Album : A Jazz Christmas
Label : Jazz Heritage
6:50 PM
Artist : Mark Kramer
Album : Jazz Greetings
Label : Dreambox
7:00 PM
That Old Feeling
Artist : Roy Haynes
Album : Love Letters
Label : Columbia
7:07 PM
Lucky So And So
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Ballad essentials
Label : Concord
7:13 PM
Date Dere
Artist : Bobby Timmons
Album : Best Of Bobby Timmons
Label : Riverside
7:20 PM
Santa Clause Is Coming To Town
Artist : Par Martino
Album : Yule Be Boppin'
Label : Riverside
7:25 PM
Christmas Time Is Here
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : A Charlie Brown Christmas
Label : Fantasy
7:29 PM
Love Letters
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Wonderful. Wonderful
Label : High Note
7:35 PM
Gianat Steps
Artist : Tyrone Brown
Album : Tyrone Brown String ensemble
Label : Dreambox
7:41 PM
Folks who Live On The Hill
Artist : Peggy Lee
Album : The Man I Love
Label : Capitol
7:45 PM
Joy To The World
Artist : Tim Warfield
Album : Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas
Label : Tim Warfield
7:51 PM
Oh Tannanbaum
Artist : Vanguard Jazz Sextet
Album : A Jazz Christmas
Label : Jazz Heritage
7:56 PM
Christmas Waltz
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : A Jazz Christmas
Label : Jazz Heritage
8:00 PM
Artist : Onaji Allan Gumbs
Album : Return To Form
Label : Half Note
8:06 PM
Indian Summer
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Send In The Clowns
Label : Pablo
8:09 PM
Stolen Moments
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : The Awakening
Label : Impulse
8:17 PM
Little B’s Poem
Artist : Eddie Henderson
Album : Inspiration
Label : Milestone
8:23 PM
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : The Spirit of Christmas
Label : Concord
8:28 PM
Lazy Bird
Artist : Alan Broadbent
Album : Better Days
Label : Discovery
8:32 PM
Artist : Art Farmer
Album : Something To Live For
Label : Contemporary
8:40 PM
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : A Swinging Christmas
Label : Verve
8:50 PM
Little Drummer Boy
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : The Spirit Of Christmas
Label : Concord
8:53 PM
So What
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Kind Of Blue
Label : Columbia


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2:01 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

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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

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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.

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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

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

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:30 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Remaking All That Jazz From Shanghai's Lost Era

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Zhuang Yan Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 6:55 pm

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