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 20, 2013

10:00 AM
Meditation
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Art Of The Ballad
Label : Prestige
10:08 AM
Can’t Get Started With You
Artist : Kenny Barron-Tommy Flanagan
Album : together
Label : Jazz Heritage
10:16 AM
Moon And Sand
Artist : Randy Napoleon
Album : Between Friends
Label : Azira
10:22 AM
Portrait In Black And White
Artist : Joe Henderson
Album : Double Rainbow
Label : Verve
10:27 AM
Skylark
Artist : Sonny Criss
Album : This Is Criss
Label : Prestige
10:33 AM
Paris Blues
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Organic Duke
Label : Concord
10:39 AM
Embraceable You
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Classic Jazz For Lovers
Label : Time-Life
10:48 AM
Far Wes
Artist : Jim Cohen
Album : Pedal Steel Jazz
Label : Acceptable
10:54 AM
Azurte
Artist : Oliver Nelson
Album : Nocturne
Label : Moodsville
11:01 AM
There Will Never Be Another You
Artist : Woody Shaw
Album : Solid
Label : 32 Jazz
11:08 AM
The Naked City
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Naked City Theme
Label : Argo
11:15 AM
You And I
Artist : Ray Charles-Betty Carter
Album : Ray Charles-Betty Carter
Label : ABC Paramount
11:18 AM
Lover Man
Artist : Art Tatum-Buddy DeFranco
Album : Tatum Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
11:32 AM
Along Came Betty
Artist : Ron McCroby
Album : Ron McCroby Plays Pucallo
Label : Concord
11:37 AM
What’s New
Artist : Carl Fontana
Album : The Great Fontana
Label : Uptown
11:45 AM
Moon River
Artist : Sue Raney
Album : Dreamsville
Label : Trend
11:49 AM
Where Or When
Artist : The Three Sounds With Stanley Turrentine
Album : Blue Hour
Label : Jazz Heritage
11:57 AM
The Bad And The Beautiful
Artist : Bill Evans-Tony Bennett
Album : Together Again
Label : Rhino
12:06 PM
Star Eyes
Artist : Frank Morgan-Art Farmer
Album : Central Avenue Reunion
Label : Contemporary
12:15 PM
Jitterbug Wltz
Artist : Zoot Sims
Album : Warm Tenor
Label : Pablo
12:23 PM
When Sunny Gets Blue
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Guess Who I saw Today
Label : Capitol
12:26 PM
The Duke
Artist : Joe Pass
Album : My Song
Label : Telarc
12:33 PM
Falling In Love Is Wonderful
Artist : Sonny Stitt-Don Patterson
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Prestige
12:42 PM
I Concentrate On You
Artist : Lena Horne
Album : Lovely And Alive
Label : RCA
12:45 PM
Only A Paper Moon
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Harold Arlen Celebration
Label : Concord
12:51 PM
Last Night When We Were Young
Artist : George Shearing-Mel torme
Album : Harold Arlen Centennial
Label : Concord
12:56 PM
Contrasts
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Complete Reprise Studio Recordings
Label : Mosaic
1:01 PM
A Train
Artist : Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars
Album : The European Tour
Label : Concord
1:08 PM
April In Paris
Artist : Thad Jones
Album : The Magnificent Thad Jones
Label : Blue Note
1:16 PM
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Artist : Count Bsasie-Arthur Prysock
Album : Basie-Prysock
Label : Verve
1:20 PM
Favors
Artist : Stephane Grappelli
Album : Uptown Dance
Label : Columbia
1:25 PM
Never Never Land/ When You Wish Upon A Star
Artist : Ali Ryerson-Steve Rudolph
Album : Soul Quest
Label : PA.CT
1:31 PM
Don’t You Know I Care
Artist : Johnny Hartman
Album : Johnny Hartman Collection
Label : Hip-0
1:35 PM
Flutin’ The Blues
Artist : James Moody
Album : James Moody
Label : Priceless Jazz
1:41 PM
Milestones
Artist : Roy Hargrove
Album : The Vibe
Label : Novus
1:49 PM
Dreamsville
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Sarah For Lovers
Label : Verve
1:53 PM
You Go To My Head
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : lue Note

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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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