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

December 24, 2012

6:00 PM
Xmas Waltz
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : An Oscar Peterson Xmas
Label : Telarc
6:05 PM
Carol Of The Bells
Artist : Judith Kaye
Album : Not Your Usual Xmas
Label : Tasty
6:10 PM
Xmas Waltz
Artist : George Shearing
Album : Xmas With George Shearing
Label : Telarc
6:15 PM
Santa Baby
Artist : Houston Person and Etta Jones
Album : Jazz For An Xmas Present
Label : Savoy
6:20 PM
The Christmas Song
Artist : Mel Torme
Album : Mel Torme Xmas Songs
Label :
6:25 PM
Winter Wonderland
Artist : Red Garland
Album : Winter Wonderland
Label : Milestones
6:30 PM
Xmas Time Is Here
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : A Charlie Brown Xmas
Label : Fantasy
6:35 PM
Have Yourself A Merry Little Xmas
Artist : Jim Hall
Album : Jazz Xmas: Hot Jazz For A Cool Night
Label : Heritage
6:40 PM
I’ll Be Home For Xmas
Artist : Diane Reeves
Album : Xmas Time Is Here
Label : Blue Note
6:45 PM
Little Drummer Boy
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Scott Hamilton With Strings
Label : Concord
6:50 PM
Santa Clause Is Coming To Town
Artist : Joe Pass
Album : Xmas Songs
Label : Pablo
7:00 PM
Linus and Lucy
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : Quiet As The Moon
Label : Music Masters
7:04 PM
Winter Wonderland
Artist : Tony Bennet
Album : The Classic Christmas Album
Label : Legacy
7:08 PM
The Holly and the Ivy
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : A Merry Christmas
Label : Capitol
7:12 PM
Baby It’s Cold Outside
Artist : Ray Charles and Betty Carter
Album : The Spirit of Christmas
Label : Concord
7:16 PM
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Artist : Matt Wilson
Album : Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O
Label : Palmetto
7:20 PM
Man With The Bag
Artist : Jane Monheit
Album : The Season
Label : Epic
7:24 PM
Basie’s Jingle Bells
Artist : Count Basie
Album : The Ultimate Jazz Christmas
Label : Blue Note
7:28 PM
The Christmas Waltz
Artist : David Ian
Album : Vintage Christmas
Label : Prescott
7:32 PM
Good Morning Blues
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Ella Wishes You A Swingin' Christmas
Label :
7:36 PM
Winter Wonderland
Artist : Booker Erwin
Album : Ultimate Jazz Christmas
Label : Blue Note
7:40 PM
Adeste Fideles
Artist : Nat King Cole
Album : Christmas Favorites
Label : Capitol
7:44 PM
Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring
Artist : The Classical Jazz Quartet
Album : Plays Bach
Label : Classical Jazz
7:48 PM
The Christmas Song
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : The Nancy Wilson Christmas
Label : Telarc
7:52 PM
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Artist : Airmen Of Note
Album : Cool Yule
Label :
7:56 PM
Skating
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : The Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
8:00 PM
Ramsey Lewis Trio
Artist : Christmas Blues
Album :
Label : Verve
8:05 PM
Roy Hargrove
Artist : God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Album :
Label : RCA
8:10 PM
Diana Krall
Artist : Jingle Bells
Album :
Label : Justintime
8:15 PM
This Christmas
Artist : Harry Connick Jr
Album :
Label : Sony
8:20 PM
White Christmas
Artist : Terry Gibbs Quartet
Album :
Label : Mack Ave
8:25 PM
Santa Clause Is Coming To Town
Artist : Dave Brubeck Quartet
Album :
Label :
8:30 PM
Christmas Medley
Artist : Stan Kenton Orchestra
Album :
Label :
8:35 PM
Merry Christmas Darling
Artist : Jane Monheit
Album :
Label : Epic
8:40 PM
Baby It’s Cold Outside
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album :
Label : Verve
8:45 PM
Sleigh Ride
Artist : Duke Pearson
Album :
Label : emi/Blue Note
8:50 PM
Winter Wonderland
Artist : Bobby Timmons
Album :
Label : Prestige
8:55 PM
Twas The Night Before Christmas
Artist : Art Carney
Album :
Label : Sony

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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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