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

January 08, 2013

6:06 PM
Meditation
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : The Art Of The Ballad
Label : Prestige
6:12 PM
Easy To love
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Cole Porter Songbook
Label : Prestige
6:17 PM
I Didn’t Know About You
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Best Of Jazz 'Round Midnight
Label : Verve
6:20 PM
Enchantment
Artist : David Sanborn
Album : Closer
Label : Verve
6:23 PM
When Lights Are Low
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Chet Baker In New York
Label : Riverside
6:32 PM
Witchcraft
Artist : Chuck Redd
Album : Common Thread
Label : Arbors
6:38 PM
Django
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : Django
Label : Prestige
6:45 PM
Cast Your Fate To The Wind
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Best Of Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
6:51 PM
Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool
Artist : Jimmy Scott
Album : When Love Goes Wrong
Label : Verve
6:54 PM
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
Artist : Art Pepper
Album : Jazz Giants Play Cole Porter
Label : Prestige
7:01 PM
Walkin’
Artist : Leroy Vinnegar
Album : Leroy Walks
Label : Contemporary
7:08 PM
Blues Walk
Artist : Clifford Brown-Max Roach
Album : Classic Jazz Of The '50s
Label : Time- Life
7:16 PM
Mam’selle
Artist : Freddie Cole
Album : Talk To Me
Label : High Note
7:20 PM
Afternoon In Paris
Artist : John Lewis-Sasha Distel
Album : Afternoon In Paris
Label : Koch
7:26 PM
Misty
Artist : Dakota Staton
Album : The Late Late Show
Label : Collectables
7:28 PM
I Hear A Rhapsody
Artist : Jesse Davis
Album : High Standards
Label : Concord
7:36 PM
Song For My Father
Artist : Richard "Groove" Holmes
Album : Soul Message
Label : Prestige
7:43 PM
Angel Eyes
Artist : North American Jazz Alliance
Album : The Montreal Scene
Label : Challenge
7:51 PM
Circus
Artist : Jazz Messengers
Album : Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers
Label : MCA
7:56 PM
Dedicated To You
Artist : Billy Eckstine-Sarah Vaughan
Album : Everything I Have Is Yours
Label : Verve
8:00 PM
Star Eyes
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Art Of The Ballad
Label : Prestige
8:08 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
8:17 PM
April In Paris
Artist : Superszx And The L.A. Voices
Album : Supersax And The L.A. Voices
Label : Columbia
8:20 PM
Fathead
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Ray Charles: Blues And Jazz
Label : Rhino
8:25 PM
I’l Never Be The Same
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
8:34 PM
Freedom Sound
Artist : Jazz Crusaders
Album : Pacific and Newport Jazz Festivals
Label : Pacific Jazz
8:43 PM
Darn That Dream
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Billie Holiday Story
Label : Verve
8:49 PM
You Are My Sunshine
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Walk On
Label : Telarc
8:57 PM
Softly With Feeling
Artist : Count Basie
Album : Count Basie Dance Session
Label : Verve

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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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