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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October 09, 2013

6:06 PM
Artist : Lionel Hampton Quartet
Album : Complete Quartet-Quintet Recordings
Label : Verve
6:13 PM
From This Moment On
Artist : Phil Woods Quintet
Album : All Bird's Children
Label : Concord
6:24 PM
Artist : Larry Vukovich
Album : Reunion
Label : Tetrachord Music
6:30 PM
Ruby My Dear
Artist : Kevin Mahogany
Album :
Label :
6:36 PM
Old Devil Moon
Artist : Miles Davis Quintet
Album : Blue Haze
Label : Prestige
6:40 PM
Easy To Love
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Happy Moods
Label : Argo
6:47 PM
You’re My Thrill
Artist : Grant Stewart
Album : Young At Heart
Label : Sharp Nine Records
6:55 PM
I’m A Fool To Want You
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Here's Lee Morgan
Label : Vee Jay Records
7:03 PM
Change Partners
Artist : The New York Trio w./Bill Charlap
Album : Always
Label : Venus Records
7:08 PM
Down Time
Artist : Randy Johnston
Album : Hit And Run
Label : High Note
7:16 PM
Artist : Benny Carter
Album : Cosmopolite: Oscar Peterson Verve Sessions
Label : Verve
7:23 PM
This Is Always
Artist : Roberta Gambarini
Album : So In Love
Label : Emarcy
7:30 PM
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : Lay Down My Heart
Label : Motema Records
7:35 PM
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : A Swingin' Affair
Label : Blue Note
7:43 PM
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
Artist : Jim McNeely Kelly Sill Joel Spencer
Album : Boneyard
Label : Origin Records
7:51 PM
One For My Baby
Artist : Frank SInatra
Album : Only The Lonely
Label : Capitol
7:59 PM
Stix Trix
Artist : Johnny Griffin Sextet
Album : Johnny Griffin Sextet
Label : Riverside
8:06 PM
Frankie And Johnny
Artist : Warren Wolf
Album : Wolfgang
Label : Mack Avenue
8:16 PM
Don’t Love Me
Artist : Coleman Hawkins
Album : Today And Now
Label : Impulse
8:20 PM
I Haven’t Anything Better To Do
Artist : Natalie Cole
Album : Ask A Woman WHo Knows
Label : Verve
8:24 PM
How You Love
Artist : Ben Wolfe
Album : From Here I See
Label : MaxJazz Records
8:33 PM
So In Love
Artist : Brian Lynch
Album : In Process
Label : Ken Music
8:41 PM
Ja Era
Artist : Kenny Barron
Album : And The Brazilians Knights
Label : Sunnyside
8:49 PM
Some Other Time
Artist : Ayako Shirasaki
Album : Some Other TIme
Label : Jan Matthies Records
8:55 PM
Bloomin’ Blues
Artist : Bryan Shaw & The Hot Shots
Album : The Bluebird Of Happiness
Label : Arbors Jazz Records


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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