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

December 12, 2012

6:06 PM
Poor Butterfly
Artist : Sonny Rollins
Album : Ballads
Label : Blue Note
6:13 PM
My Foolish Heart
Artist : Bill Ali Ryerson-Steve Rudolph
Album : Soul Quest
Label : PA.CT
6:21 PM
Once I Loved
Artist : Jon Meyer
Album : Night Scape
Label : Reservoir
6:28 PM
Mean To Me
Artist : Houston Person
Album : The Nearness Of You
Label : Muse
6:34 PM
Tenderly
Artist : Vanessa Rubin
Album : Soul Eyes
Label : Novus
6:44 PM
Just Squeze Me
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Paul Desmond
Label : CTI
6:49 PM
Zingaro
Artist : George Shearing
Album : Live At The Blue Note
Label : Telarc
7:00 PM
There From Anthony And Cleopatra
Artist : Phil Woods
Album : Greek Cookin'
Label : Impulse
7:05 PM
I’m Confessin
Artist : Wynton Marsalis
Album : Hot House Flowers
Label : Columbia
7:10 PM
Solar
Artist : J.J. Johnson-Joe Pass
Album : We'll Be Together Again
Label : Pablo
7:16 PM
Estate
Artist : Jackie Ryan
Album : This Heart Of Mine
Label : Open Art
7:23 PM
Getting Sentimental Over You
Artist : Thelonious Monk
Album : Live At The Blackhawk
Label : Riverside
7:31 PM
When Your Lover Has Gone
Artist : Jazz Giants
Album : Jazz Giants
Label : Verve
7:31 PM
When Your Lover Has Gone
Artist : Jazz Giants
Album : Jazz Giants
Label : Verve
7:39 PM
Superwoman
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Live At Bubba's
Label : Who's Who
7:43 PM
Along Came Betty
Artist : Jazz Messengers
Album : Moanin'
Label : Blue Note
7:48 PM
Delilah
Artist : Milt Jackson-Wes Montgomery
Album : Complete Wes Montgomery on Riverside
Label : Riverside
7:55 PM
You Are Too Beautiful
Artist : Arthur Prysock
Album : Coast To Coast
Label : Old Town
8:00 PM
Solid
Artist : Eric Alexander
Album : Solid
Label : Milestone
8:08 PM
Love Me Or Leave Me
Artist : -John DiMartino-Warren Vache
Album : Impromptu
Label : John DiMartino
8:11 PM
Have You Met Miss Jones
Artist : Ellis Marsalis-Eddie Harris
Album : Homecoming
Label : Elm
8:20 PM
Too Late Now
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Tender Loving Care
Label : Capitol
8:23 PM
Portrait Of Jennie
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Clifford Brown
Label : Emarcy
8:26 PM
New Delhi
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : Cannonball Adderley Quintet Plus One
Label : Riverside
8:35 PM
Day Break
Artist : Al Hibbler
Album : Unchained Melody
Label : Jasmine
8:38 PM
Impressions
Artist : Claudio Roditi
Album : Impressions
Label : Groovin' High
8:45 PM
With A Song InMy Heart
Artist : Bobby Shew
Album : Bobby Shew With The Metropole Orchestra
Label : Mons
8:50 PM
Some Day My Prince Will Come
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Love Songs
Label : Columbia

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Creatively Speaking
8:22 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Last Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story

Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993)

Jazz vocalist, author, and playwright Suzanne Cloud spent about eight months researching Dizzy Gillespie’s life, and writing Last Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story. The production debuted in 2013 at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

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Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
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

Coming Up! Longwood Gardens 2014 Wine & Jazz Festival

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

The red-hot 2014 Longwood Gardens Wine & Jazz Festival is on Saturday, June 7th, from 2 to 9 pm, and is expanding to a garden-wide experience with live jazz performances on multiple stages throughout Longwood Gardens. Jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is headliner to an outstanding lineup, including Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet, Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, Tony Miceli Quartet, and Tom Moon's Jazz Casual.

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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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Swing with Bob Craig Every Sunday Night!
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!

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