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

July 22, 2014

6:06 PM
Someone To Watch Over Me
Artist : Stephane Grappelli-Oscar Peterson
Album : Skol
Label : Pablo
6:13 PM
Little Darlin’
Artist : Barney Kessel
Album : The Scene
Label : Real Gone
6:19 PM
Love Letters
Artist : Joey De Francesco
Album : Wonderful, Wonderful
Label : High Note
6:28 PM
Hello My Baby
Artist : Cat Connor
Album : Cat Tales
Label : Cat Connor
6:33 PM
Change Partners
Artist : Three Sounds
Album : Three Moods
Label : Blue Note
6:38 PM
Invitation
Artist : Dave McKenna-Buddy DeFranco
Album : You Must Believe In Spring
Label : Concord
6:42 PM
Wave
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson In Russia
Label : Pablo
6:50 PM
The Best Things In Life Are Free
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Workout
Label : Blue Note
6:55 PM
Passion Flower
Artist : Duke Ellingnton
Album : Live At The Blue Note
Label : Jazz Heritage
7:02 PM
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Artist : Gene Harris
Album : Gene Harris Trio, Plus One
Label : Concord
7:11 PM
This Is Always
Artist : Ernie Andrews
Album : How About Me
Label : High Note
7:17 PM
This Time The Dream’s On Me
Artist : Max Roach
Album : Complete Mercury Maz Roach Plus 4 Sessions
Label : Mosaic
7:27 PM
Moment’s Notice
Artist : Lynn Riley And World Mix
Album : Lynn Riley And World Mix
Label : Ru Ba Groove
7:33 PM
After The Rain
Artist : Eric Alexander
Album : Summit Meeting
Label : Milestone
7:42 PM
Remember
Artist : Billy Eckstine
Album : Best Of Irving Berlin
Label : Real Gone
7:45 PM
The Duke
Artist : Barney Kessel
Album : Some Like It Hot
Label : Real Gone
7:54 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
8:02 PM
When The Sun Comes Out
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Harold Arlen Songbook
Label : Verve
8:08 PM
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Yours And Mine
Label : Concord
8:17 PM
Message From Boysie
Artist : Lem Winchester-Ramsey Lewis Trio
Album : Lem Winchester-Ramsey Lewis Trio
Label : Real Gone
8:22 PM
Milestones
Artist : Joe Henderson
Album : Jazz Improv
Label : Jazz Improv
8:30 PM
Your Mind Is One Vacation
Artist : Jill Salkin
Album : What The World Need Now
Label : Facing East
8:34 PM
Fathead
Artist : David Newman
Album : Ray Charles Presents David Fathead Newman
Label : Collectables
8:39 PM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Shirley Scott
Album : Scottie Plays he Duke
Label : Real Gone
8:45 PM
Just One Of Those Things
Artist : Max Roach
Album : Complete Max Roach Plus 4 Sessions
Label : Mosaic
8:52 PM
Viva Tirado
Artist : Gerald Wilson
Album : Complete Geralsd Wilson Pacific Jazz Sessions
Label : Pacific Jazz
8:57 PM
Milestones
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Milestone
Label : Columbia

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Station Announcements
7:30 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

The Berks Jazz Fest Is Coming Up...

Are you planning on checking out the 2014 Berks Jazz Fest in Reading? It's a must-attend event. Of course, we'll be there! Mark your calendar now, drive up between March 28th and April 6th, and stop by and say hello to some of our WRTI hosts - Jeff Duperon on Friday night the 28th, and Bob Perkins on Sunday morning the 30th.

Details and full lineup here.

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:43 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

In Session: Frank Wess' 'Magic 201' Offers One Last Lesson

Frank Wess.
Hiroyuki Ito Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 12:35 pm

Frank Wess' new album, Magic 201, is a sequel to last year's similar helping of ballads and midtempo strollers, Magic 101. The new album is very nearly every bit as good, and made a little more poignant by Wess' death just before Halloween. On his last session as a leader in 2011, he was still sounding strong at 89.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
6:42 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Duke Ellington's Lost Opera, Forever A Work In Progress

Karen Marie Richardson (right) plays the title role in the Long Beach Opera's staging of Queenie Pie, the jazz opera Duke Ellington left unfinished when he died in 1974.
Bryan Frank Long Beach Opera

Duke Ellington added more than 3,000 songs to the American music vault before his death in 1974. He also started composing what he hoped would be a great American street opera — which composers have spent 40 years adapting, trying to figure out what the Duke wanted for his unfinished opus.

But before you imagine soothing arias or boisterous trills and vibrato, let me stop you: Ellington's opera is very much a work of jazz.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:51 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Dave Brubeck Was The Macklemore Of 1954

Dave Brubeck received a posthumous tribute at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

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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

You may not hear it when you're listening to Shanghai jazz standards from the 1930s and '40s, but dig deeper into their history and you'll find a generational skip in the record.

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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:

Musicians call it "spang-a-lang," for obvious phonetic reasons, and it's so synonymous with jazz, it no longer occurs to us that someone had to invent it. But someone did: a drummer named Kenny Clarke, who would have turned 100 today.

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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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