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

April 18, 2013

6:06 PM
In Your Own Sweet Way
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Jazz Signatures
Label : Concord
6:13 PM
Remember
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Blue Berlin
Label : Blue Note
6:19 PM
Flamingo
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : The Sermon
Label : Blue Note
6:27 PM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : Ted Rosenthal
Album : Out OThis World
Label : Playscape
6:36 PM
The Summer Knows
Artist : Vanessa Rubin
Album : The Language Of Love
Label : Telarc
6:45 PM
Flamingo
Artist : Larry McKenna-Pete Colangelo
Album : Horn Talk
Label : Colangelo-McKenna
6:57 PM
Song For My Father
Artist : Richard Groove Holmes
Album : Soul Message
Label : Prestige
7:10 PM
Invitation
Artist : Michael O’Neill
Album : Still Dancing
Label : Jazzmo
7:19 PM
Quasimodo
Artist : Clifford Jordan
Album : The Adventurer
Label : Muse
7:29 PM
Far Wes
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Far Wes
Label : Pacific Jazz
7:35 PM
Green Dolphin Street
Artist : Les McCann
Album : Django
Label : Sunset
7:42 PM
Mercy, Mercy
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : Cannonball Live
Label : Capitol
7:47 PM
Bag’s Groove
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Some Of My Best Friends Are Trumpter Players
Label : Telarc
7:54 PM
Giant Steps
Artist : Tyrone Brown
Album : Tyrone Brown String Ensemble
Label : Dreambox
8:00 PM
You’re My Everything
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Listen To Thd Dawn
Label : Muse
8:06 PM
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Artist : Stan Getz-Gerry Mulligan
Album : Mulligan-Getz
Label : Jazz Heritage
8:16 PM
How Little We Know
Artist : JackieRyan
Album : Listen Here
Label : Open Art
8:20 PM
So What
Artist : Jon Meyer
Album : Nightscape
Label : Reservoir
8:25 PM
Everything Must Change
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : At Montreux 1975
Label : Pablo
8:35 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Hank Jones-James Moody
Album : Our Delight
Label : IPO
8:43 PM
Lover Man
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : Work Done
Label : High Note
8:49 PM
When Sunny Gets Blue
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : 'Round Midnight
Label : Collectables
8:53 PM
Over The Rainbow
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : Sketches On Standards
Label : Cspitol
8:56 PM
Artistry In Rhythm
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Reprise Studio Recordings
Label : Mosaic

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Tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves with Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington was a fascinating figure—so much so that quite a number of books and shorter profiles of the man came to be during his time, and well after his passing. Writers were always peering over his shoulder, trying to get a fix on how he operated his band and made it so successful; they even attempted to poke into his personal life, which the Duke managed to keep fairly secret.

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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.

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3:43 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

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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

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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.

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8:51 am
Thu January 30, 2014

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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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3:04 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

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Jimmy Amadie

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2:11 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:24 am
Sat January 11, 2014

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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

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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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