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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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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