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

October 07, 2012

10:00 AM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : Peter Weniger
Album : Peter Weniger And The Metropole Orchestra
Label : Mons
10:07 AM
Peace
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Jazz Giants Play Horace Silver
Label : Prestige
10:14 AM
You Are All
Artist : Joe Negri
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Noteworthy
10:22 AM
The Very Thought Of You
Artist : Diane Schuur
Album : Classic Jazz For Lovers
Label : Time- Life
10:27 AM
Who Cares
Artist : Skip Wilkins
Album : I Concentrate On You
Label : Dreambox
10:34 AM
Emphemera
Artist : Jeremy Kahn
Album : Joy Road Sampler
Label : Notema
10:41 AM
Chant
Artist : Thad Jones
Album : Mean What You Say
Label : Milestone
10:50 AM
Funny Valentine
Artist : Annn Hampton Callaway
Album : After Ours
Label : Denon
10:56 AM
Pure Imagination
Artist : Bill Charlap
Album : All Through The Night
Label : Criss Cross
11:06 AM
You Leave Me Breathless
Artist : Bootsie Barnes
Album : You Leave Me Breathless
Label : French Riviera
11:15 AM
Theme For Ernie
Artist : Michael Pedicin
Album : Live At The Loft
Label : Live At The Jazz Hut
11:21 AM
Embraceable You
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Classic Jazz For Lovers
Label : Time-Life
11:30 AM
A Time For Love
Artist : Steve Rudolph-Ali Ryerson
Album : Soul Quest
Label : PA.CT
11:37 AM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : All Standards And One Blues
Label : Philology
11:45 AM
I Got It Bad
Artist : Duke Ellington-Louis Armstrong
Album : Complete Armstrong Ellington sessions
Label :
11:50 AM
Parisian Thoroughfare
Artist : Max Roach-Clifford Brown
Album : Alone Together
Label : Best Of The Mercury Years
11:57 AM
Pure Imagination
Artist : Bill Charlap
Album : All Though The Night
Label : Criss Cross
12:06 PM
Somewhere In The Night
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
12:14 PM
What A Difference A Day Made
Artist : George Mesterhazy-Paula Johns
Album : Well...We Did It
Label : Paula Johns
12:22 PM
Close Enough For Love
Artist : Mark Colby
Album : Reflections
Label : Origin
12:30 PM
This Is Always
Artist : King Pleasusre
Album : King Pleasure Sings-Annie Ross Sings
Label : Prestige
12:33 PM
Samba De Orpheu
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : The Defiitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
12:40 PM
After The Rain
Artist : Mike Le Donne
Album : John Coltrane Songbook
Label : High Note
12:48 PM
Love Letters
Artist : Joey De Francesco
Album : Wonderful, Wonderful
Label : High Note
12:55 PM
Two For The Road
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : For The Love Of You
Label : E1
1:02 PM
Groove yard
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Quadrant
Label : Pablo
1:09 PM
Strait Street
Artist : Eric Alexander
Album : Solid
Label : Milestone
1:17 PM
Star Eyes
Artist : Lorez Alexandria
Album : Star Eyes
Label : Muse
1:22 PM
Silver’s Serenade
Artist : Larry Coryell-Kenny Drew Jr
Album : Duality
Label : Random Act
1:28 PM
Time After Time
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Great Moments With Ernestine Anderson
Label : Concord
1:33 PM
Tangerine
Artist : Pete Souders
Album : Echoes Of Ortliebs
Label : Pete Souders
1:38 PM
Joy Spring
Artist : Jens Wendelboe
Album : Fresh Heat
Label : Rosa
1:46 PM
Here, There And Everywhere
Artist : George Benson
Album : Tenderly
Label : Warner Brothers
1:51 PM
Dewey Square
Artist : George Rabbai
Album : Muted Bebop
Label : Dreambox
1:55 PM
Central Park West
Artist : Woody Herman
Album : Best of the Concord Years
Label : Concord

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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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