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 17, 2013

10:00 AM
Delilah
Artist : Bobby Hutcherson
Album : Skyliner
Label : Verve
10:07 AM
How Deep Is The Ocean
Artist : Curis Counce
Album : Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce
Label : Contemporary
10:16 AM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : Ted Rosenthal
Album : Out Of Thos World
Label : Going For Spins
10:21 AM
Never, Never Land
Artist : Jane Monheit
Album : Never, Never Land
Label : N-Coded
10:26 AM
Enchantment
Artist : Davis Sanborn
Album : Closer
Label : Verve
10:32 AM
Robbin’s Nest
Artist : Tommy Flanagan-Hank Jones
Album : Jazz Improv
Label : Jazz Improv
10:39 AM
Laura
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : The Retun Of Fourmost
Label : Milestone
10:53 AM
A House Is Not A Home
Artist : Christy Barron
Album : Take This Journey
Label : Chesky
11:00 AM
Dear Old Stockholm
Artist : The All-Starys Play Miles Davis Classics
Album : Dream Session
Label : Milestone
11:07 AM
Will You Still Be Mine
Artist : Red Garland
Album : Best Of The Red Garland Trios
Label : Pablo
11:13 AM
Them There Eyes
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Stephane Grappelli
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Verve
11:19 AM
All My Tomorrows
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Yesterday
Label :
11:21 PM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Art Pepper
Album : Art Of The Ballad
Label : Prestige
11:39 PM
Invitation
Artist : Micheal O’Neill
Album : Still Dancin'
Label : Jazzmo
11:48 PM
Exodus
Artist : Eddie Harris
Album : Eddie Harris Anthology
Label : Atlantic
11:55 AM
Close To You
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Great American Songbook
Label : Atlantic
12:06 PM
Alone Together
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : All About My Girl
Label : Muse
12:13 PM
Flamingo
Artist : Osca peterson-Stepane Grappelli
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Gitanes
12:18 PM
People Get Ready
Artist : Cheryl Jewell
Album : My Blue Heaven
Label : Cheryl Jewell
12:25 PM
Li’l Darlin’
Artist : Chuck Redd
Album : Happy All The Time
Label : Arbor
12:32 PM
Green Dolphin Street
Artist : Three Sounds
Album : Moods
Label : Blue Note
12:38 PM
Lady Bird
Artist : Hank Jones-James Moody
Album : Our Delight
Label : IPO
12:44 PM
I Won’t Last A Day Without You
Artist : Buddy Rich-Mel Torme
Album : Together Again For The First Time
Label : Mobile Fidelity
12:50 PM
After The Rain
Artist : Eric Alexander
Album : Summit Meeting
Label : Milestone
12:57 PM
Groove Yard
Artist : Montgomery Brothers
Album : Montgomery Brothers
Label : Fresh Sound
1:01 PM
Day Dream
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Duke Ellington Presents
Label : Bethlehem
1:05 PM
Baubles, Bangles And Beads
Artist : Zoot Sims
Album : Soprano Sax
Label : Pablo
1:09 PM
Strollin’
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : Footprints
Label : Concord
1:22 PM
Stompin’ At The Savoy
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Four Clasic Albums
Label : Avid
1:29 PM
Time After Time
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Great Moments With Ernestine Anderson
Label : Concord
1:34 PM
Honeysuckle Rose
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Summertime
Label : Concord
1:44 PM
When Sunny Gets Blue
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Sarah Plus Two
Label : Roulette
1:47 PM
You’re Driving Me Crazy
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Jeg And Dodo
Label : Prestige
1:54 PM
Fathead
Artist : David Newman
Album : Ray Charles Presents David Newman
Label : Collectables

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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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