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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January 09, 2013

6:06 PM
A Foggy Day
Artist : Bill Charlap
Album : Gershwin-The American Soul
Label : Blue Note
6:15 PM
So In Love
Artist : Harold Land &Kenny Dorham
Album : Eastward Ho !-Harold Land In New York
Label : Jazzland
6:23 PM
Sophisticated Llady
Artist : Rosemary Clooney w./ Duke Eellington Orch.
Album : Blue Rose
Label : Columbia
6:26 PM
Mood Indigo
Artist : Charlie Byrd Trio w./ Scott Hamilton
Album : It's A Wonderful World
Label : Concord
6:32 PM
Al The Things You Are
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Another Day
Label : MPS/BASF
6:38 PM
Lou’s Blues
Artist : Lou Donaldson
Album : Wailing With Lou
Label : Blue Note
6:46 PM
Jersey Bounce
Artist : Bucky & John Pizzarelli
Album : Contrasts
Label : Arbors Jazz
6:53 PM
I’ll Close My Eyes
Artist : Blue Mitchell
Album : Blue's Moods
Label : Riverside
7:02 PM
Everything Happens To Me
Artist : Rick Margitza
Album : This Is New
Label : Blue Note
7:07 PM
Something To Live For
Artist : Betty Roche
Album : Take The "A" Train
Label : Bethlehem
7:12 PM
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
Artist : Bill Evans Trio
Album : The Complete Bill Evans On Verve
Label : Verve
7:18 PM
A Little Taste
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : Presenting "Cannonball" Adderley
Label : Savoy
7:26 PM
All My Tomorrows
Artist : Pete Smyser & Larry McKena
Album : Pete Smyser & Larry McKenna
Label : Cap Records
7:29 PM
Artist : Sstan Kenton
Album : The World We Know
Label : Capitol
7:32 PM
I Fall In Love Too Easily
Artist : Herbie Hancock w./ Wynton Marsalis
Album : Herbie Hancock Quartet
Label : Columbia
7:41 PM
Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Sea Changes
Label : Evidence Records
7:47 PM
The Elder
Artist : Al Grey
Album : The Last Of The Big Plungers (vinyl)
Label : Argo
7:54 PM
All Too Soon
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Fitzgerald And Pass Again
Label : Pablo
8:01 PM
No More Blues
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : On The French Riviera
Label : Phillips
8:12 PM
Soul Eyes
Artist : Steve Kuhn Trio
Album : Years Later
Label : Concord
8:20 PM
I Want To Be Loved
Artist : Coleman Hawkins
Album : Coleman Hawkins w./ The Red Garland Trio
Label : Swingsville
8:27 PM
I’m Old Fashioned
Artist : George Cotsirilos
Album : On The Rebop
Label : OA2 Records
8:34 PM
That’s All
Artist : Nat Cole
Album :
Label : Capitol
8:41 PM
It’s Alright With Me
Artist : Dominick Farinacci
Album : Dawn Of Goodbye
Label : E One Records
8:48 PM
Nothin’ But The Truth
Artist : Teddy Edwards
Album : Nothin' But The Truth
Label : Pretige
8:53 PM
All Through The Night
Artist : Russell Malone
Album : Black Butterfly
Label : Columbia


Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
4:18 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A (Gerry) Mulligan Stew on WRTI

The Big Band side of the influential baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan will be featured on Big Band Jazz this Sunday, April 13 at 7 pm. An arranger with Gene Krupa, Elliot Lawrence, and Stan Kenton in the '40s and '50s, to his own Concert Jazz Band in the '60s, it's an 87th birthday tribute to the one-time Philly resident.

Jazz Appreciation Month on WRTI
11:58 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Those "I Love Jazz" Moments

One night recently, as I was home struggling to convince my toddler that the floor is not where leftover food lives, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood” came on the radio. Suddenly, I found myself paying a bit more attention to the music than the drama at hand. Why? Because I knew what was coming....that specific moment in the song that always gets to me. There's a total mood shift as the timing completely changes and you start to notice the drums more and more. And then you start to wonder if the drums were even there at all during the beginning of the tune.

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Creatively Speaking
6:04 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Remembering The Sensational Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday (1915-1959) - Nicknamed "Lady Day" by saxophonist Lester Young

Jazz great Billie Holiday, who died at age 44 in 1959, would have turned 99 on April 7, 2014. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, in her short career, this Philadelphia-born singer made a huge impact on jazz and American song.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:34 am
Fri March 28, 2014

'A Love Supreme' Comes Alive In Unearthed Photos

John Coltrane during the recording of A Love Supreme in December 1964.
Chuck Stewart Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Whenever photographer Chuck Stewart was hired by a record company to document a recording session, he would shoot during the rehearsal takes, playback and downtime. The company would take what it needed, the remainder likely never to be developed, much less published. After decades in the photography business, and thousands of album covers to his name, he's amassed a lot of negatives.

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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.

The red-hot 2014 Longwood Gardens Wine & Jazz Festival 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. Jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is headliner to an outstanding lineup, including Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet, Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, Tony Miceli Quartet, and Tom Moon's Jazz Casual.

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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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