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

June 16, 2013

9:06 AM
Too Young To Go Steady
Artist : Fred Wackenhut w./ Larry McKenna
Album : This I Dig Of You
Label : Art Of Life Records
9:13 AM
Come Sunday
Artist : Pat Martino
Album : Timeless
Label : Savoy
9:23 AM
In Your Own Sweet Way
Artist : Dave Brubeck And His Sons
Album : In Their Own Sweet Way
Label : Telarc
9:31 AM
Sometimes I’m Happy
Artist : Freddy Cole
Album : This And That
Label : High Note
9:37 AM
Put On A Happy Face
Artist : Jay Hoggard
Album : Overview
Label : Muse
9:46 AM
Easy Living
Artist : Joshua Redman
Album : Walking Shadows
Label : Nonesuch Records
9:51 AM
All Blues
Artist : Ray Bryant Trio
Album : All Blues
Label : Pablo
10:02 AM
Girl Talk
Artist : Dave Siebels
Album : Dave Siebels w./ Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band
Label : N/A
10:08 AM
Make The Man Love Me
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : For Those In Love
Label : Emarcy
10:16 AM
Street Of Dreams
Artist : Wynton Marsalis w./ Ellis Marsalis
Album : Standard Time Vol 3/ Resolution Of Romance
Label : Columbia
10:20 AM
Sultry Serenade
Artist : Ellis & Delfeyo Marsalis
Album : The Marsalis Family..A Jazz Celebration
Label : Marsalis Music
10:27 AM
When The World Was Young
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Gitanes
10:33 AM
Look To The Sky
Artist : Trio Da Paz
Album : Somewhere
Label : Blue Toucan Music
10:41 AM
Wonder Why
Artist : The Jazztet
Album : Big City Sounds
Label : Argo
10:47 AM
Cheek To Cheek
Artist : New York Trio
Album : Always
Label : Venus
10:55 AM
For Once In My Life
Artist : Jimmy Scott
Album : Lost And Found
Label : Rhino Records
11:03 AM
Song For My Father
Artist : Horace SIlver
Album : Song For My Father
Label : Blue Note
11:11 AM
The Eighth Day
Artist : Phil Moore III & The Afro Latin Soultet
Album : Afro Brazil Oba
Label : Tower Records
11:14 AM
Don’t Misunderstand
Artist : Houston Person
Album : To Etta With Love
Label : High Note Records
11:18 AM
Emily
Artist : Warren Wolf
Album : Warren Wolf
Label : Mack Avenue Records
11:29 AM
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
Artist : Nat & Natalie Cole
Album : Still Unforgettable
Label : Atco Records
11:32 AM
I Remember You
Artist : The Jazz Professors
Album : Do That Again
Label : Flying Horse Records
11:37 AM
I Get Along Without You Very Well
Artist : Steve Rudolph Trio
Album : Daydream
Label : Pa-Ct Records
11:46 AM
Here Am I
Artist : Donald Byrd
Album : Byrd In Hand
Label : Blue Note
11:54 AM
Jeannine
Artist : Swingadelic
Album : The Other Duke
Label : Zoho Records
12:06 PM
I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Brown And Roach Incorporated
Label : Emarcy
12:13 PM
Moody’s Mood For Love
Artist : Annie Ross
Album : Annie Ross & Pony Poindexter
Label : BASF Records (vinyl)
12:21 PM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Bucky & John Pizzarelli
Album : Swinging Sevens
Label : Stash Records
12:24 PM
Moonlight In Vermont
Artist : Aaron Diehl
Album : The Bespoke Man's Narrative
Label : Mack Avenue
12:34 PM
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Artist : ’Papa’ John DeFrancesco
Album : A Philadelphia Story
Label : Savant Records
12:41 PM
On And On
Artist : Jeff Hamilton Trio
Album : Sparkle
Label : Capri Records
12:50 PM
Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid
Artist : Lester Young
Album : The Alladin Sessions
Label : Blue Note
12:56 PM
With The Wind And Rain In Your Hair
Artist : Tal Farlow
Album : Tal Farlowe '78
Label : Concord Jazz

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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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