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

July 04, 2013

6:06 PM
Satin Doll
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Best Of
Label : Capitol
6:09 PM
Satin Doll
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Yesterday's Love Songs, Today's Blues
Label :
6:13 PM
Street Of Dreams
Artist : Rob McConnell Boss Brass
Album : Big Band Jazz Vol. 1
Label : Pausa Records (vinyl)
6:20 PM
Sometimes I’m Happy
Artist : Freddy Cole
Album : This And That
Label : High Note
6:28 PM
Midnight SUn
Artist : Lionel Hampton
Album : Legendary Decca Recordings
Label : GRP/Decca
6:31 PM
Midnight Sun
Artist : June Christy
Album : Something Cool
Label : Capitol
6:36 PM
Sugar Plum
Artist : Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Album : That's It
Label : Legacy
6:40 PM
Fever
Artist : Peggy Lee
Album : Miss Peggy Lee
Label : Capitol
6:44 PM
Moonglow
Artist : Benny Goodman Quartet
Album :
Label : RCA
6:47 PM
Moonglow
Artist : Tony Bennett & K.D. Lang
Album : Ultimate American Songobook
Label : Columbia
6:53 PM
Yesterday’s Gardenias
Artist : Joe Clark Big Band
Album : Lush
Label : Jazzed Media
7:03 PM
Shiny Stockings
Artist : Count Basie
Album : April In Paris
Label : Verve
7:08 PM
Shiny Stockings
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Viva Vaughan
Label : Mercury
7:14 PM
Frame For The Blues
Artist : Maynard Ferguson
Album : Message From Newport
Label : Roulette
7:20 PM
In The Evening
Artist : Joe WIlliams
Album : Joe Wilams At Newport '63
Label : RCA
7:27 PM
String Of Pearls
Artist : Glenn Miller
Album : A Memorial
Label : RCA
7:30 PM
How High The Moon
Artist : Midiri Brothers
Album : City Lights
Label : Midiri Music
7:38 PM
East Of The Sun
Artist : Tommy Dorsey w./ Frank SInatra 1940
Album : Sentimental Gentleman Of Swing-Centennial Collection
Label : RCA
7:42 PM
East Of The Sun
Artist : Frank SInatra
Album : I Remember Tommy
Label : Reprise
7:47 PM
I Love Being Here With You
Artist : The Diva Jazz Orchestra
Album : Live At Jazz At Lincoln Center
Label :
7:53 PM
Stardust
Artist : Artie Shaw
Album : Begin The Beguine
Label : RCA
7:56 PM
Stardust
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Live AT The Flamingo Jazz Club 1961
Label : Acrobat Music
8:02 PM
920 Special
Artist : Buddy Rich
Album : Big Band Shout
Label : Verve
8:06 PM
Moten Swing
Artist : Harry James
Album : Harry's Choice
Label : Capitol (vinyl)
8:13 PM
Mood Indigo
Artist : Rosemary Clooney w./ Duke Ellington
Album : Blue Rose
Label : Columbia
8:19 PM
Viva Tirado
Artist : Gerald Wilson
Album : Moment Of Truth
Label : Pacific Jazz
8:26 PM
Tuxedo Junction
Artist : Erskine Hawkins
Album : RCA/Bluebird Single
Label : RCA/Blubird
8:29 PM
Tuxedo Junction
Artist : Manhattan Transfer
Album : Manhattan Transfer Live
Label : Atlantic
8:33 PM
Sunday Kind Of Love
Artist : Claude Thornhill w./ Fran Warren-vocal
Album : Best Of The Big Bands
Label : Columbia
8:38 PM
Moody’s Mood For Love
Artist : Dave Lalama Big Band
Album : The Hofstra Project
Label : N/A
8:47 PM
Don’t Be That Way
Artist : Benny Goodman
Album : A Legendary Performer
Label : RCA
8:51 PM
Don’t Be That Way
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Album : Ella & Louie Again
Label : Verve
8:57 PM
Topsy Part 2
Artist : Cozy Cole
Album : 45 RPM Single
Label : Love Records

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:08 am
Mon November 11, 2013

No Need To Cook The Books: Booker Ervin's Debut LP Reissued

Booker Ervin on the cover of The Book Cooks, his debut album.
Courtesy of Bethlehem Records

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 1:42 pm

Tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin came to New York in 1958. Pianist Horace Parlan heard him and invited Ervin to sit in one night with a band he worked in. That's how Ervin got hired by bassist Charles Mingus, who featured him on albums like Blues and Roots and Mingus Ah Um.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:00 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Can I Kick It? Organ Master Lonnie Smith Can

Dr. Lonnie Smith's In the Beginning, a new album that reimagines the artist's older, out-of-print work, is out now.
Susan Stocker Courtesy of the artist

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
6:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

The Birth Of Bird: Young Charlie Parker Found Focus, Faith In Music

Charlie Parker started playing as a boy, when his mother gave him a saxophone to cheer him up after his father left. He went on to spearhead a musical revolution.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 7:40 am

Charlie "Bird" Parker was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. In his brief life, Parker created a new sound on the alto saxophone and spearheaded a revolution in harmony and improvisation that pushed popular music from the swing era to bebop and modern jazz.

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Gloria Lynne Remembered
5:33 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

BP Remembers The Glorious Jazz Vocalist Gloria Lynne

Gloria Lynne

A true jazz legend - vocalist Gloria Lynne - passed away on October 15th in Newark, New Jersey of a heart attack. She was 81.

Bob Perkins recalls how Philadelphians loved Gloria Lynne, even though she was a New Yorker, and celebrated her talent. Listen to BP's recollections of a multi-talented chanteuse, best known for her signature song, "I Wish You Love."

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Station Announcements
8:18 am
Tue September 17, 2013

WRTI's York Frequency 90.7 FM Has Relocated To 99.7 FM

New frequency coming for York, PA listeners. Service is switching soon from 90.7 FM to 99.7 FM

Great news for our York, PA listeners! As promised, we have successfully relocated our 90.7 FM frequency to 99.7 FM. Please spread the word to your family and friends! And thank you so much for listening to and supporting WRTI.

At The PMA On Friday Night
6:32 am
Thu September 12, 2013

WRTI & Terell Stafford at Art After 5 = Fun!

Terell Stafford is "one of the great trumpet players of our time" - (McCoy Tyner). Terell is director of jazz studies at Temple University and has a busy touring calendar.

Join Jeff Duperon this Friday evening, September 13 at 6 pm as he presents his program live from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  The museum’s Art After 5 series is beginning a new season, and Temple University's own Terell Stafford has the honor of kicking it off.  Stafford will perform with The Philly New York Junction, which features Tony Miceli on vibes and Chris Farr on saxophone.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
7:04 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died

Marian McPartland.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 4:23 pm

Marian McPartland, who gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music — jazz improvisation — died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 95.

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2013 Newport Jazz Festival LIVE!
12:35 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Newport Jazz Festival LIVE Webcast: Right Here On WRTI.ORG, August 3 and 4

Can't make it to Rhode Island for this year's Newport Jazz Festival? No worries...just visit us online at WRTI.org for LIVE webcasts starting on Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th.

Click here for Live Webcasts!

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Live Webcasts on August 3 and 4
1:36 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

5 To Watch: Newport Jazz Festival Debuts

Dee Alexander is among the artists leading a band for the first time at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Courtesy of the artist

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:48 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

'The Edenfred Files': Darryl Harper's Blues-Infused Jazz

Clarinetist Darryl Harper discovered jazz as a teenager in Philadelphia.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:41 pm

In jazz, the clarinet went into eclipse for awhile, drowned out by louder trumpets and saxes. The instrument has long since made a comeback, and the modern clarinet thrives in settings where it doesn't have to shout to be heard.

Take "Spindleshanks," a little out-of-sync boogie-woogie for Darryl Harper's clarinet and Kevin Harris' piano. It's from Harper's The Edenfred Files. In his long-running Onus Trio, the spare unit Darryl Harper features on most of his new album, he can sing softly as an owl in the night.

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