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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Thank-You Gifts for Fall Member Drive
10:36 am
Tue September 9, 2014

The Ultra-Warm, WRTI Navy-Blue Hooded Sweatshirt

Time to think about bundling up! Pledge $150 during the Fall Member Drive and we'll thank you with this cozy, navy-blue hooded sweatshirt with the WRTI logo in white on the front.

It's available in men's and women's sizes: S, M, LG, and XL. Contribute Here or call 1-866-809-9784.

Thank-You Gifts for Fall Member Drive
5:48 am
Tue September 9, 2014

WRTI Word-Search Mugs!

Pledge $120 and we'll thank you with the WRTI Jazz Word-Search Mug.

And now for something really fun...a definite collector's item - it's our new ceramic mug with the names of classical and jazz composers that you can find in a word-search maze right on your classical or jazz mug. Each mug comes with a dry-erase marker.

Pledge $120 during the Fall Member Drive and we'll be happy to thank you with one of these amazing mugs.

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Fall Member Drive Thank-You Gifts
5:44 am
Tue September 9, 2014

The Perfect Present for Your Pet!

Here's the new WRTI collapsible bowl for your pooch or kitty. This red and black nylon bowl is great when you're on the go. Fold it easily and toss it in your car or bag. It's emblazoned with the WRTI logo and cute paw prints.

Pledge $90 during the WRTI Fall Member Drive and we'll thank you with this very useful gift. Your pet will love it!

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Fall Member Drive Thank-You Gifts
5:39 am
Tue September 9, 2014

The New Navy-Blue WRTI Baseball Cap!

Gabe looks awesome in his navy-blue WRTI baseball cap.

This is must-have logo item! Show your friends, family, and neighbors just how much you love WRTI when you wear this classic navy-blue baseball cap with the WRTI logo on the front, and the website address on the back. 

Pledge $90 during the Fall Member Drive and we'll thank you with this amazing cap. Contribute Here or call 1-866-809-9784.

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Your 100 Favorite Jazz Songs
6:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

WRTI's 2014 Labor Day Weekend Jazz Countdown!

It's a must-listen event! The top 100 jazz songs that you voted for, broadcast throughout the holiday weekend. Listen starting on Friday, August 29 at 6 pm, Sunday, August 31 from 8 to midnight, and Monday, September 1 starting at 6 pm - and ending when the #1 song is played.  You'll find the list below as the countdown begins! Thank you SO much to everyone who voted this year.

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
7:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

The Private Eye Who Made Cool Jazz His Calling Card

Actor Craig Stevens as TV detective Peter Gunn in 1959.
Ralph Crane The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 10:28 pm

In the late 1950s, detective shows were all the rage. Today, the series Peter Gunn, starring Craig Stevens as the titular gumshoe, has faded a bit from popular memory. Its theme music, however, remains unforgettable.

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Jazz CD Review
4:21 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

ICON Suggests: Jimmy Cobb, The Original Mob

The Original Mob, assembles drummer Jimmy Cobb, guitarist Peter Bernstein, pianist Brad Mehldau, and bassist John Webber.

Drummer Jimmy Cobb, an historically important musician who duly received an NEA Jazz Master award in 2009, needs no introduction. If his only connection to jazz was through Miles Davis and playing on Kind Of Blue in 1959, his reputation would still be assured.

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WRTI Spotlight
5:39 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

John Blake, Jr. Remembered (1947-2014)

We have very sad news to share. Jazz violinist, improviser, composer, and educator extraordinaire John Blake, Jr. passed away today at age 67. In addition to being a sweetheart of a man, John had a fascinating career that led him to perform with Grover Washington, Jr., McCoy Tyner, Dr. Billy Taylor, Regina Carter, and the list goes on. He also gave so much of himself to thousands of students across the Philadelphia region, instilling in them his love of music and the jazz tradition. RIP, Mr. Blake. 

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BP Remembers Satchmo
12:27 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Louis Armstrong: The Quintessential Man with the Horn

Louis Armstrong was to jazz what Einstein was to physics, King to Civil Rights, Shakespeare to comedy and tragedy, and Oprah to televised entertainment. He taught the trumpet to do things the instrument didn't know it was capable of doing, and he could turn a song upside down with that deep, gravelly voice; Armstrong's contributions to the advancement of jazz as an art form are inestimable. All this, accomplished by a man who was born into abject poverty at Liberty and Perdido streets in New Orleans' Third Ward - better known as "Storyville."

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
4:01 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

'As Long As They Want To Play': Newport Jazz At 60

Velma Middleton is accompanied by Louis Armstrong at the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival.
Paul S;ade Getty

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 4:22 pm

This year, the Newport Jazz Festival is celebrating its 60th anniversary. For most of that time, its guiding force has been producer George Wein, who remembers all too well the first event in 1954.

It was pouring rain. Wein was being urged to call it off but refused. The audience stayed, broke out their umbrellas, and the musicians played. The scene was caught by a photographer.

"And that picture went out all over the world," Wein says, "of people sitting for five hours in the rain, listening to jazz."

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