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

February 13, 2013

6:06 PM
My Old Flame
Artist : Cedar Walton Trio
Album : Ironclad
Label : Monarch Records
6:15 PM
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : The Genius Of Ray Charles
Label : Atlantic
6:21 PM
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Artist : Zoot Sims-Bob Brookmeyer Octet
Album : Stretching Out
Label : United Artists (vinyl)
6:31 PM
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Artist : Nicholas Payton
Album : From This Moment...
Label : Verve
6:37 PM
Why Don’t They Understand
Artist : Lem Winchester
Album : With Feeling
Label : Prestige
6:41 PM
All Blues
Artist : Ray Bryant
Album : All Blues
Label : Pablo
6:50 PM
Summertime
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Compact Jazz
Label : Verve
6:55 PM
That Old Black Magic
Artist : Roberta Gambarini
Album : So In Love
Label : Emarcy
7:01 PM
Where Are You
Artist : Ben Webster
Album : Soulville
Label : Verve
7:06 PM
Emily
Artist : Warren Wolf
Album : Warren Wolf
Label : Mack Avenue
7:15 PM
Night Song
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : A Bluish Bag
Label : Blue Note
7:21 PM
The Courtship
Artist : Kenny Barron
Album : The Only One
Label : Reservoir
7:31 PM
Ruby My Dear
Artist : Rene Thomas w./ w. J.R.Monterose
Album : Guitar Groove
Label : Jazzland
7:35 PM
I Keep Goin’ Back To Joe’s
Artist : Curtis Stigers
Album : Baby Plays Around
Label : Concord Jazz
7:40 PM
The More I See You
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Roll Call
Label : Blue Note
7:47 PM
Down Here On The Ground
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Down Here On The Ground
Label : A&M Records
7:51 PM
Blues In The Night
Artist : The New York Trio w./ Bill Charlap
Album : Blues In The Night
Label : Venus Records
8:02 PM
Autumn In New York
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Blue Lights Volume 2
Label : Blue Note
8:08 PM
The Touch Of Yoru Lips
Artist : Tony Bennett w./ Bill Evans
Album : Complete Recordings
Label : Fantasy Records
8:14 PM
Just For Now
Artist : Jackie McLean
Album : Capuchin Swing
Label : Blue Note
8:21 PM
It’s Easy To Remember
Artist : The Roy Haynes Trio
Album : Trio Featuring Danilo Perez & John Pattitucci
Label : Verve
8:31 PM
I Cover The Waterfront
Artist : Wynton Marsalis
Album : Standard Time Vol 3..Resolution Of Romance
Label : Columbia
8:35 PM
Show Me
Artist : Jack Wilkins
Album : Until It's Time
Label : MaxJazz
8:41 PM
Midnight Sun
Artist : Mary Ellen Desmond
Album : Darn That Dream
Label : Frontrow Records
8:51 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Anthony Wonsey Trio w./ Eric Alexander
Album : The Thang
Label : Sharp Nine

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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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