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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December 23, 2012

10:00 AM
I Remember Clifford
Artist : Donald Vega
Album : Spiritual Nature
Label : Resonance
10:08 AM
Artist : Warren Vache
Album : Talk To Me Baby
Label : Muse
10:15 AM
Artist : Benny Carter
Album : Benny Carter With The Oscar Peterson Trio
Label : Past Perfect
10:20 AM
Have Yourself A Merry Little Chistmas
Artist : Vanessa Rubin
Album : A Merry Christmas
Label : RCA
10:24 AM
Santa Baby
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Chistmas With Houston Person
Label : Muse
10:30 AM
In My Solitude
Artist : Coleman Gakins-Duke Ellington
Album : Standards On Impulse
Label : Impulse
10:38 AM
Artist : Shelly Manne
Album : Standards On Impulse
Label : Impulse
10:43 AM
Artist : Statesmen Of Jazz
Album : Statesmen Of Jazz
Label : Arbors
10:50 AM
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Scott Hamilton With Srings
Label : Concord
10:57 AM
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Artist : Marian McPartland
Album : An NPR Christmas With Marian McPartland
Label : NPR
11:02 AM
What A Difference The Day Makes
Artist : Paula Johns-George Mesterhazy
Album : Well, We Did It
Label : Paula Johns
11:07 AM
Chelsea Bridge
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Tokyo Recital
Label : Pablo
11:16 AM
Theme For Ernie
Artist : Michael Pedicin
Album : Live At The Loft
Label : Jazz Hut
11:22 AM
Little Sunflower
Artist : Rebeca Parris
Album : A Passionat Fling
Label : Shira
11:30 AM
Let It Snow
Artist : David Leonhardt
Album : I'll Be Home For Christmas
Label : Bib Bang
11:40 AM
Christmas Time Is Here
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Charlie Brown Holiday Hits
Label : Fantasy
11:48 AM
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : A Stan Kenton Christmas
Label : Capitol
11:51 AM
Christmas Is Being With You
Artist : Larry McKenna
Album : Christmas Is Being With You
Label : Larry McKenna
12:06 PM
Up Jumped Spring
Artist : Jazz Messengers
Album : Three Blind Mice
Label : Blue Note
12:11 PM
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Rogers and Hart Songbook
Label : Concord
12:17 PM
The Girl Next Door
Artist : Joe Negri
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Noteworthy
12:22 PM
I’m Beginning To See The Light
Artist : John Brown
Album : Dancing With Duke
Label : John Brown Blvd
12:30 PM
We Three Kings
Artist : Mark Kramer
Album : Jazz Greetings
Label : Dreambox
12:36 PM
Christmas Time Is Here
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Charle Brown Holiday Hits
Label : Fantasy
12:39 PM
Easy To Love
Artist : Don Paterson-Sonny Stitt
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Prestige
12:45 PM
It Was So Good While It Lasted
Artist : Nat Cole
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
12:49 PM
Two For The Road
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : For The Love Of You
Label : E 1
12:53 PM
Artist : Dave McKenna
Album : Christmas Ivory
Label : Concord
1:01 PM
So What
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
1:10 PM
Artist : Chuck Redd
Album : Common Thread
Label : Arbors
1:19 PM
The Look Of Love
Artist : Morgana King
Album : Gemeni Changes
Label : Reprise
1:23 PM
Artist : Frank Morgan
Album : John Coltrane Songbook
Label : High Note
1:32 PM
Christmas Waltz
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : An Oscar Peterson Christmas
Label : Telarc
1:39 PM
Jingle Bells
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Have yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Label : Verve
1:42 PM
I’ve Got My Love To keep Me Warm
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Have Uouself A Merry Little Christmas
Label : Verve
1:46 PM
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Best Of Horace Silver
Label : Blue Note
1:55 PM
BP With The GM
Artist : Eddie Morgan
Album : BP With The Gm
Label : Eddie Morgan


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!

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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