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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September 18, 2012

6:05 PM
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Easy Living
Label : RCA
6:05 PM
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Easy Living
Label : RCA
6:11 PM
Out Of Nowhere
Artist : George Mesterhazy-Joe Barratt
Album : Memories Of You
Label : Barratt-Mesterhazy
6:22 PM
Artist : Chuck Redd
Album : Happy All The Time
Label : Arbors
6:30 PM
Here’s That Rainy Day
Artist : O.C.Smith
Album : Dynamic O.C. Smith
Label : Columbia
6:36 PM
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Bill Evans
Label : Verve
6:41 PM
Lullabye Of The Leaves
Artist : Benny Golson-Art Farmer
Album : Complete Mercury-Argo Sessions
Label : Mosaic
6:46 PM
A Time For Love
Artist : Diane Schuur
Album : Best Of Diane Schuur
Label : GRP
6:52 PM
Yours Is My Heart Alone
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : Trioing
Label : Jardis
7:00 PM
Just One Of Those Things
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : The Cooker
Label : Blue Note
7:07 PM
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Artist : Herbie Mann
Album : My Little Suede Shoes
Label : Past Perfect
7:11 PM
Besme Mucho
Artist : Carmen McRae-Cal Tjader
Album : Heat Wave
Label : Concord
7:17 PM
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
Artist : Zoot Sims
Album : Soprano Sax
Label : Pablo
7:22 PM
Love For Sale
Artist : Marty Paich
Album : Moanin'
Label : Discovery
7:28 PM
Morning Glory
Artist : Lee Smith
Album : Sittin' On A Secret
Label : Vectordisc
7:34 PM
A Song For You
Artist : Morgana King
Album : A New Beginning
Label : Paramount
7:40 PM
Green Dolphin Street
Artist : Toots Thielemans
Album : Toots Thielemans' European Quartet
Label : Challenger
7:46 PM
For You
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Jug And Dodo
Label : ?
7:53 PM
Everything I Love
Artist : Gene Ludwig
Album : Love Notes Of Cole Porter
Label : Big -O
8:00 PM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : Bobby Shew
Album : Tribute To The Masters
Label : Double Time
8:10 PM
Lush Life
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
8:15 PM
Artist : Yusef Lateef
Album : The Golden Flute
Label : Impulse
8:19 PM
More Than You Know
Artist : Milet Jasckson-Oscar Peterson
Album : Two of the few
Label : Pablo
8:28 PM
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : Live At Newport 1958
Label : Columbia
8:34 PM
Here There And Everywhere
Artist : Singers Unlimited
Album : Magic Voices
Label : MPS
8:37 PM
I’ll Remember April
Artist : Charlie Parker
Album : Jazz 'Round Midnight
Label : Verve
8:42 PM
Sweet Georgia Brown
Artist : Ray Brown/Herb Ellis/Monty Alexsander
Album : Ray Brown/Herb Ellis/Monty Alexander
Label : Concord
8:46 PM
Lullabye Of Birdland
Artist : The Lsast Big Band
Album : Heck Yeah
Label : Last Big Band
8:52 PM
Old Folks
Artist : Carl Saunders
Album : Eclecticism
Label : SNL


WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:51 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Dave Brubeck Was The Macklemore Of 1954

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

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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