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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January 26, 2014

9:06 AM
Maybe September
Artist : Ken Peplowski
Album : Maybe September
Label : Capri Records
9:14 AM
For Heaven Sakes
Artist : Grover Washington Jr. w./ Freddy Cole & Jeanie Bryson
Album : All My Tomorrows
Label : Columbia
9:23 AM
Artist : Paul Smith
Album : Heavy Jazz
Label : Outstanding Records (vinyl)
9:30 AM
Have You Met Miss Jones?
Artist : Steve Davis
Album : Eloquence
Label : JLP Records
9:38 AM
Two For The Road
Artist : Jack Wilkins
Album : Until It's Time
Label : Max Jazz
9:46 AM
I Wanna Be Loved
Artist : Shirley Horn
Album : Close Enough For Love
Label : Verve
9:52 AM
Shiny Stockings
Artist : Dave Bailey Quintet
Album : Two Feet In The Gutter
Label : Epic Records (vinyl)
10:01 AM
Artist : Bill Evans Trio
Album : Live At The Top Of The Gate
Label : Resonance
10:07 AM
Recorda Me
Artist : Phil Moore 3 & The Afro Latin Soultet
Album : Afro Brazil Oba
Label : Tower Records (vinyl)
10:13 AM
Blame It On My Youth
Artist : Walt Weiskopf Quartet
Album : Live
Label : Capri Records
10:21 AM
When I Look In Your Eyes
Artist : Nancy WIlson
Album : Easy
Label : Capitol
10:23 AM
You’ve Changed
Artist : Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio
Album : Reflections
Label : Word Of Mouth
10:29 AM
Step Lightly
Artist : Benny Golson
Album : New York Scene
Label : Contemporary
10:36 AM
Whisper Not
Artist : Dena DeRose
Album : Another World
Label : Sharp Nine Records
10:45 AM
They Say It’s Spring
Artist : Blossom Dearie
Album : Give Him The Ooh-La-La
Label : Verve
10:49 AM
It Might As Well Be Spring
Artist : Red Garland Trio
Album : Rediscovered Masters
Label : Prestige
11:00 AM
Artist : Jackie McLean Quintet
Album : Lights Out
Label : Prestige
11:08 AM
Where Is The Love
Artist : Stephen Scott
Album : Vision Quest
Label : Enja Records
11:16 AM
Ballad Medley
Artist : Stan Getz & Lionel Hampton
Album : Hamp And Getz
Label : Verve
11:25 AM
Garota De Ipanema
Artist : Rosa Passos w./ Ron Carter
Album : Entre Amigos
Label : Chesky Records
11:28 AM
A Felicidade
Artist : Romero Lubambo
Album : Brazilian Essence
Label : SSC Records
11:34 AM
Love You Madly
Artist : Monty Alexander Trio
Album : Reunion In Europe
Label : Concord
11:39 AM
Just Squeeze Me
Artist : Joe Newman w./ Frank Foster
Album : Good 'N Groovy
Label : Prestige Swingsville
11:48 AM
Pick Yourself Up
Artist : Nat Cole w./ George Shearing
Album : Nat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Plays
Label : Capitol
11:51 AM
Days Of WIne And Roses
Artist : Denis DiBlasio
Album : View From Pikes
Label : Dreambox Media
12:07 PM
Artist : Don Byas
Album : Don Byas
Label : Blue Star
12:11 PM
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Blue Moon
Label : Jazz Book Records
12:18 PM
Artist : Chuck Redd
Album : Happy All The Time
Label : Arbors Jazz
12:29 PM
You Must Believe In Spring
Artist : Tony Bennett w./ Bill Evans
Album : The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings
Label : Fantasy Records
12:33 PM
Joy Spring
Artist : Clifford Brown w./ Max Roach
Album : Alone Together: Best Of The Mercury Years
Label : Mercury
12:43 PM
I Know You Know
Artist : George Cotsirilos
Album : Variations
Label : OA2 Records
12:49 PM
You Better Go Now
Artist : Jimmy Smith w./ Roy Hargrove
Album : Angel Eyes...Ballads And Slow Jams
Label : Verve
12:49 PM
You Better Go Now
Artist : Jimmy Smith w./ Roy Hargrove
Album : Angel Eyes...Ballads And Slow Jams
Label : Verve
12:55 PM
Artist : The Jazztet
Album : Another Git Together
Label : Mercury Records


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.