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.

Scroll down to see recent playlists.

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Playlist

June 30, 2013

9:06 AM
Meditation
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Art Of The Ballad
Label : Prestige
9:14 AM
The Duke
Artist : Joe Pass
Album : My Song
Label : Telarc
9:22 AM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : George Mraz
Album : Duke's Place
Label : Milestone
9:30 AM
Portrait in In Black And White
Artist : Joe Henderson
Album : Double Rainbow
Label : Verve
9:36 AM
Our Day Will Come
Artist : Denise King
Album : Simply Mellow
Label : Redd King
9:43 AM
Flamingo
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : The Sermon
Label : Blue Note
9:51 AM
Sweet Lorraine
Artist : Framk Capp
Album : Jazz Moods
Label : Concord
9:56 AM
Speak Low
Artist : Mundel Lowe
Album : Guitar Moods
Label :
10:02 AM
Polka Dots And Moon Beams
Artist : Teddy Edwards
Album : Smooth Sailing
Label : High Note
10:07 AM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : The Jazz Sides
Label : Verve
10:14 AM
The More I See You
Artist : Sam Most
Album : Mostly Flute
Label : Xanadu
10:19 AM
High Fly
Artist : Johnny Coles
Album : Classic Jazz
Label : Sony
10:25 AM
Surrey With The Fringe On Top
Artist : Blossom Dearie
Album : Jazz Divas Gold
Label : Verve
10:31 AM
You Are Everything I Love
Artist : Ray Brown With Ralph Moore
Album : Jazz Moods
Label : Concord
10:37 AM
Remember
Artist : Hank Mobely
Album : Blue Berlin
Label : Blue Note
10:55 AM
You Look Good To Me
Artist : Peter Beets
Album : Potrait Of Peterson
Label : Magic Ball
11:02 AM
Road Song
Artist : Jimmy Smith-Wes Montgomery
Album : The Dynamic Duo
Label : Verve
11:10 AM
Con Alma
Artist : Byron Stripling
Album : Byron, Get One Free
Label : Nagel Heyer
11:16 AM
Hello By Baby
Artist : Cat Connor
Album : Cat Tales
Composer : Prestige
Label : Cat Connor
11:24 AM
Falling In Love Is Wonderful
Artist : Sonny Stitt-Don Ptterson
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Prestige
11:35 AM
Moon And Sand
Artist : Randy Napoleon
Album : Between Friends
Label : Azica
11:41 AM
Medley
Artist : Andre Previn
Album : Old Friends
Label : Telarc
11:46 AM
How Deep Is The Ocean
Artist : Curtis Counce
Album : Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce
Label : Contemporary
11:52 AM
Let’s Face The Music And Dance
Artist : Jackie Mc Lean
Album : Blue Berlin
Label : Blue Note
12:06 PM
Take Five
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : Classic Jazz
Label : Sony
12:12 PM
Jitterbug Walatz
Artist : Joe Pass
Album : My Song
Label : Telawrc
12:20 PM
Spring Is Here
Artist : Ernestine Anderson-Metropole Orchestra
Album : Isn't It Romantic
Label : Koch
12:26 PM
Flamingo
Artist : Pete Colangelo-Larry McKenna
Album : Horn Talkl
Label : Colangelo-McKenna
12:34 PM
I’ve Gotta Be Me
Artist : Harold Maybern
Album : Mr. Lucky
Label : High Note
12:44 PM
Django
Artist : Quincy Jones
Album : Jazz Round Midnight
Label : Verve
12:50 PM
Triste
Artist : Joe Henderson
Album : Double Rainbow
Label : Verve
12:55 PM
Call Me
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Ultimate Jimmys Smith
Label : Verve

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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

Electronic music producer Dave Liang and jazz singer Zhang Le collaborated on a new album of Shanghai jazz standards from the 1930s and 1940s.
Zhuang Yan Courtesy of the artists

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

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Latest from ICON Magazine
3:04 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

ICON Suggests: The Jimmy Amadie Trio

Jimmy Amadie

The Jimmy Amadie Trio: Live At The Philadelphia Art Museum - This is a review and, unfortunately, a testimonial, since jazz pianist Jimmy Amadie passed away from cancer in early December 2013.

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Latest from ICON Magazine
2:11 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

ICON: The Jazz Scene

ORGAN-IZING: In keeping with Philadelphia’s contribution to jazz through the years, it must be mentioned that the city and surrounding areas are also known for producing some of the finest jazz organ players in history. The most famous of them all, Jimmy Smith, was born in Norristown. Joey DeFrancesco, a native Philadelphian, helped put the Hammond B-3 organ back on the map. And who can forget area natives like Richard “Groove” Holmes and Trudy Pitts? Organist Dan Fogel has been at it for a long time, despite trends and ups and downs in jazz organ popularity.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:24 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Sax Great Jimmy Heath 'Walked With Giants,' And He's Still Here

Jimmy Heath and friends at a session at New York's WOR Studios in 1953. Left to right: Miles Davis, Kenny Drew, Art Blakey, Jimmy Heath.
Temple University Press / Jimmy Heath collection

Originally published on Sat January 11, 2014 11:31 am

In the room he uses as a practice space and office in his apartment in Corona, Queens, Jimmy Heath recalls a hit record from long ago.

"It's a song Bill Farrell, a popular singer, had years ago," he says, and then sings: "You've changed, you're not the angel I once knew / No need to tell me that we're through / It's all over now, you've changed." Then the 5'3" musician with the big sound picks up his tenor saxophone and blows.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
10:25 am
Thu January 9, 2014

The Drummer Who Invented Jazz's Basic Beat

It doesn't take an expert to identify this sound as a jazz rhythm:

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Jazz Holiday Highlights
1:49 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Have Yourself A Merry Little Jazz Christmas on WRTI

Join your favorite jazz hosts for their favorite holiday jazz tunes! On Christmas Eve from 6 to 9 pm, and on Christmas Night, from 6 pm to midnight, they'll each bring you the best in seasonal jazz.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:09 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall

Jim Hall performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:57 pm

Jazz guitarist, composer and arranger Jim Hall died in his sleep Tuesday; he was 83. Hall was known for a subtle, lyrical playing style, a gift for innovation and collaborations with a host of talented musicians in a career that stretched more than seven decades.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
1:19 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Ella Fitzgerald's Early Years Collected In A Chick Webb Box Set

Ella Fitzgerald sings with bandleader Chick Webb in Asbury Park, N.J., in 1938.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 9:44 am

Drummer Chick Webb's 1930s orchestra terrorized competitors in band battles and sent dancers into orbit at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom. They could be similarly explosive on record, but only rarely. Early on, they did have some hot Edgar Sampson arrangements that Benny Goodman would soon turn into hits, like "Blue Lou" and "Don't Be That Way." But the Webb band also had an old-school crooner, Charles Linton, with pre-jazz-age enunciation.

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Happy 80th Birthday BP!
5:49 am
Fri December 6, 2013

A Photo Album of Bob Perkins Through The Years

Bob Perkins' first radio gig at WGPR-FM in Detroit, 1964

Mr. Bob Perkins, WRTI jazz host extraordinaire, turns 80 years old today. And for 50 of those years he's been on the radio to the delight of thousands and thousands of listeners. Happy Birthday BP! We love your GM...and you!

Do you have any anecdotes about BP you'd like to share? Any birthday wishes? Please let Bob know in the comments section below. Thanks!

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WRTI Spotlight
12:30 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Thanksgivukkah on WRTI!

Celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah with your favorite radio station. We've got the music for the perfect holiday weekend!

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