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 30, 2012

10:00 AM
When I Fall In Love
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Steamin' With The Miles Davis Quintet
Label : Prestige
10:03 AM
Turn Out The Stars
Artist : Steve Rudolph
Album : Daydream
Label : PA.CT
10:12 AM
I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
Artist : Sonny Rollins
Album : Rollins Plays For Bird
Label : Prestige
10:20 AM
The Jazz Message
Artist : Donald Byrd Quintet
Album : The Birth Of Be-Bop
Label : Savoy
10:29 AM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Royce Campbell Trio
Album : All Standards And A Blues
Label : Philology Records
10:35 AM
You Go To My Head
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Hello Love
Label : Verve
10:42 AM
Bella Carolina
Artist : Joe Magnarelli
Album : Why Not
Label : Criss Cross Jazz
10:51 AM
Very Early
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : Very Early
Label : SteepleChase
11:01 AM
The Very Thought Of You
Artist : Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Album : Jaz For Lovers
Label : Prestige
11:08 AM
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Artist : Art Taum
Album : Modern Jazz Piano-Four Views
Label : RCA Camden
11:11 AM
I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Two For The Road
Label : Concord
11:16 AM
I’ll Get By
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : The Stardust Session
Label : Prestige
11:24 AM
Aquas
Artist : James Silberstein
Album : Song For Micaela
Label : Consolidated Artists Productions
11:33 AM
Never Let Me Go
Artist : Roy Hargrove Quintet
Album : Tenors Of Our Time
Label : Verve
11:39 AM
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life ?
Artist : Irene Kral
Album : You Are There
Label : Audiophile
11:46 AM
Seed Shack
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 The Sixties
Label : Prestige
11:52 AM
In The Still Of The Night
Artist : Bill Charlap
Album : Written In The Stars
Label : Blue Note
12:06 PM
Solid
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Solid
Label : Blue Note
12:13 PM
Gone With The Wind
Artist : Dave Brubeck Quartet
Album : Dave Brubeck Quartet At Storyville 1954
Label : Columbia
12:23 PM
Sometime Ago
Artist : Lee Ritenour
Album : Stolen Moments
Label : GRP Records
12:27 PM
Stockholm Sweetnin’
Artist : Kevin Mahogany
Album : You Got What It Takes
Label : Enja Records
12:34 PM
Montivideo
Artist : Monty Alexander
Album : Here Comes The Sun
Label : MPS Records
12:38 PM
Song For Tarif
Artist : Stephen Sscott w./ Branford Marsallis
Album : The Beautiful Thing
Label : Verve
12:46 PM
You’re Gettin’ To Be A Habit With Me
Artist : Harry "Sweets" Edison
Album : Buddy And Sweets
Label : Verve
12:51 PM
Desafinado
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Jazz Samba
Label : Verve
12:57 PM
O Barquinho (My Little Boat)
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : Saturday Afternoon Jazz
Label : Concord Jazz
1:03 PM
Willow Weep For Me
Artist : Red Garland
Album : Groovy
Label : Prestige
1:14 PM
Candy Bar
Artist : Frank Capp/Nat Pierce Juggernaut
Album : Live Atr The Alley Cat
Label : Concord
1:20 PM
Gaslight
Artist : Dmitry Baevsky
Album : The Composers
Label : Sharp Nine Records
1:26 PM
What Are You Doing New Years Eve ?
Artist : Diana Krall
Album : Christmas Songs
Label : Verve
1:30 PM
You Must Believe In Spring
Artist : Jack Wilkins
Album : Mexico
Label : CTI Records
1:39 PM
Moonglow
Artist : Errol Garner
Album : Encores in Hi-Fi
Label : Columbia (vinyl)
1:44 PM
One Thin Dime
Artist : Steve Nelson
Album : Sound-Effect
Label : High Note Records
1:54 PM
Little Girl Blue
Artist : The Drummonds (Renee Rosnes-Piano)
Album : A Beautiful Friendship
Label : Venus Records

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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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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

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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

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Check out Jazz writer Nick Bewsey's CD suggestions for April.

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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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8:22 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

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Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993)

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