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

October 11, 2012

6:05 PM
Enchantment
Artist : Larry Vuckavitch
Album : Something Special
Label : Going For Spins
6:12 PM
We Could Make Such Beatiful Music Together
Artist : Phil Woods
Album : The Rev And I
Label : Blue Note
6:20 PM
You Came A Long Way From St. Louie
Artist : Carol Welsman
Album : Journey
Label : Justin Time
6:27 PM
Pieces Of Dreams
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : More Than A Mood
Label : Music Masters
6:35 PM
Sweet Georgia Brown
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Ray Brown/Monty Alexander/Herb Ellis
Label : Concord
6:40 PM
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Artist : Dina DeRose
Album : Love's Holiday
Label : Sharp Nine
6:45 PM
Autumn In New York
Artist : The Drummonds
Album : WhenYou Wish Upon A Star
Label : 32 Jazz
6:53 PM
If I Had You
Artist : George Mesterhazy-Joe Barratt
Album : Memories Of You
Label : Barratt-Mesterhazy
7:01 PM
Fever
Artist : Kenny Burrell-Jimmys Smith
Album : Blue Bash
Label : Verve
7:07 PM
Laura
Artist : Chuck Reed
Album : Happy All The Time
Label : Arbors
7:16 PM
They Falling On Love Is Wonderful
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Prestige
7:32 PM
Lover Man
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : The Cooker
Label : Blue Note
7:39 PM
Dancing In The Dark
Artist : Charlie Parker
Album : Jazz 'Round Midnight
Label : Verve
7:43 PM
Walkin’
Artist : Leroy Vinnegar
Album : Leroy Walks
Label : Contemporary
7:49 PM
Sunny
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
7:55 PM
Moon And Sand
Artist : Randy Napoleon
Album : Between Friends
Label : Azica
8:02 PM
Wagon Wheels
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Wonderful, Wonderful
Label : High Note
8:11 PM
Midnight Cowboy
Artist : Toots Thielemans
Album : Europen Quartet
Label : Challenge
8:16 PM
Quasimodo
Artist : Warren Vache
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Arbors
8:22 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Dianne Reeves
Album : The Calling
Label : Blue Note
8:30 PM
Land Of Dreams
Artist : Eddie Davis-Johnny Griffin
Album : Live At Mnton's
Label : Pablo
8:39 PM
Michelle
Artist : Singers Unlimited
Album : Magic Voices
Label : MPS
8:43 PM
Front And Center
Artist : Lee Smith
Album : Sittin' On A Secret
Label : Lee Smith
8:50 PM
Here, There and everywhere
Artist : George Benson
Album : Tenderly
Label : Warner Brothers
8:55 PM
The Duke
Artist : The Last Big Band
Album : Heck Yeah
Label : The Last Big Band

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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

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This year's Wine & Jazz Festival is expanding to a garden-wide experience with live jazz performances on multiple stages throughout Longwood Gardens.

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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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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!

Latest From ICON Magazine
5:02 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

The Story of Duke Ellington's Longtime Tenor Sax Bandman

Tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves with Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington was a fascinating figure—so much so that quite a number of books and shorter profiles of the man came to be during his time, and well after his passing. Writers were always peering over his shoulder, trying to get a fix on how he operated his band and made it so successful; they even attempted to poke into his personal life, which the Duke managed to keep fairly secret.

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