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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April 01, 2014

6:06 PM
A Walking Thing
Artist : Phil Woods-Benny Carter
Album : Another Time Another Place
Label : Evening Star
6:14 PM
Artist : Johnny Frigo
Album : Debut Of a Legend
Label : Chesky
6:20 PM
My Romance
Artist : Warren Vache
Album : My Shining Hour
Label : Nagel Heyer
6:27 PM
Don’t Go To Stangers
Artist : Etta Jones
Album : Classic Jazz
Label : Time-Life
6:32 PM
Spring Can eally Hang You Up The Most
Artist : Larry McKenna
Album : It Might As Well Be Spring
Label : Dreambox
6:41 PM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Hampton Hawes
Album : Hampton Hawes Vol 1
Label : Contemporary
6:46 PM
Gone With The Wind
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Incredible Jazz Guitar Of West Montgomery
Label : Riveside
6:55 PM
Blue Gardenia
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Standards
Label : Blue Note
7:00 PM
Killer Joe
Artist : The jazztet
Album : Benny Golson-Art Farmer Jazztet
Label : Jazz Dynamics
7:07 PM
Folks Who Live On The Hill
Artist : Carol Sloane
Album : Ballad Essentials
Label : Concord
7:17 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Bobby Shew-Metropole Orchestra
Album : Bobby Shew And The Metropole Orchestra
Label : Mons
7:24 PM
Bemsha Swing
Artist : Thelonious Monk
Album : Chet Baker CD With Bonus CD Compilation
Label : Riverside
7:34 PM
Mr. Lucky
Artist : Buddy DeFranco
Album : Mr. Lucky
Label : Pablo
7:41 PM
I Just Foind Out About Love
Artist : Paula Johns-George Mesterhazy
Album : Well...We did it
Label : Paul Johns
7:47 PM
Sleepy Time Down South
Artist : Wynton Masalis
Album : Standard Time
Label : Columbia
7:53 PM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Ben Webster
Album : During This Time
Label : Art Of Groove
8:02 PM
The Real Blues
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : The Sampler
Label : Concord
8:10 PM
Look At That Face
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Woman Talk
Label : Fresh Sounds
8:16 PM
Artist : Denis Dilasio
Album : What's Old Is New
Label : Radjazz
8:21 PM
My Foolish Heart
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Jazz Moods
Label : Concord
8:26 PM
Artist : Wes Mongomery
Album : Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery
Label : Riverside
8:32 PM
Christo Redentor
Artist : Dave Posmontier
Album : Deep Pockets
Label : Bopcam
8:39 PM
Surrey With Th Fringe On Top
Artist : Lena Horne
Album : Give The Lady What She Wants
Label : RCA
8:43 PM
Jeeper Creepers
Artist : Pete Smyser
Album : An Affair To Remember
Label : Peete Smyser
8:50 PM
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Complete Mercury recordings 1954-1960
Label : MCPS
8:53 PM
So What
Artist : All Stars
Album : All Stars Play Miles Davis
Label : Milestone


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.