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

March 06, 2013

6:06 PM
Squeeze Me
Artist : Delfeayo Marsalis
Album : Minions Dominion
Label : Troubadour Records
6:15 PM
Time Remembered
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Interplay
Label : Riverside
6:21 PM
Up Jumped Spring
Artist : Steve Nelson
Album : Sound Effect
Label : High Note
6:32 PM
Prelude To A Kiss
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Piano Reflections
Label : Capitol
6:35 PM
Until The Real Thing Comes Along
Artist : Pete Smyser & Larry McKenna
Album : Pete Smyser & Larry McKenna
Label : C A P
6:45 PM
For All We Know
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Roulette
6:47 PM
What’s New
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Smokin' At The Half Note
Label : Verve
6:57 PM
Repetition
Artist : Roy Hargrove
Album : Parker's Mood
Label : Verve
7:04 PM
Don’t Blame Me
Artist : Charlie Parker
Album : Charlie Parker At Storyville
Label : Verve
7:11 PM
Kenny Drew
Artist : Benny Green
Album : Magic Beans
Label : Sunny Side
7:18 PM
Stompin’ At The Savoy
Artist : Jay Hoggard
Album : The Fountain
Label : Muse Records
7:27 PM
Old Folks
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Someday My Prince Will Come
Label : Columbia
7:32 PM
Save Your Love For Me
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Across The Tracks
Label : Concord
7:40 PM
A Kiss To Build A Dream On
Artist : Ann Hampton Callaway
Album : Signature
Label : After 9 Records
7:43 PM
Be My Love
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Chicago Revisited
Label : Telarc
7:50 PM
Cinema Pardiso
Artist : Regina Carter
Album : Paganini After A Dream
Label : Verve
8:00 PM
Stablemates
Artist : The Bill Harris Quintet
Album : This Time The Dream's On Me
Label : Pensativa Productions
8:04 PM
Nice And Easy
Artist : Gene Harris
Album : Funky Gene's
Label : Concord
8:13 PM
Rio
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : The Procrastinator
Label : Blue Note
8:19 PM
East Of The Sun
Artist : Diana Krall
Album : Live In Paris
Label : Verve
8:27 PM
Who Can I Turn To
Artist : Dave Sills
Album : Bigs
Label : Naxos Jazz
8:33 PM
Old Devil Moon
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Chet In Chicago
Label : Enja Records
8:44 PM
So Many Stars
Artist : George Duke
Album : In A Mellow Tone
Label : BPM Records
8:49 PM
Don’t Cha Go Away Mad
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Naturally
Label : High Note
8:57 PM
Just For A Thrill
Artist : Ray Brown & Milt Jackson
Album : Much In Common
Label : Verve

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Creatively Speaking
8:22 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Last Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story

Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993)

Jazz vocalist, author, and playwright Suzanne Cloud spent about eight months researching Dizzy Gillespie’s life, and writing Last Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story. The production debuted in 2013 at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

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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!

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