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

November 04, 2012

10:00 AM
Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : First Place Again
Label : Collectables
10:06 AM
Stardust
Artist : Frank Rosolino
Album : Free For All
Label : Specialty
10:22 AM
Sophisticted Lady
Artist : Frank Capp Quartet, featuring Woody Woodard
Album : Duke Ellington Songbook
Label : Concord
10:26 AM
I Only Have Eyes For You
Artist : Lena Horne
Album : Lovely And Alive
Label : RCA
10:35 AM
All Blues
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : The Legacy
Label : Enja
10:41 AM
Never Let Me Go
Artist : Bobby Hutcherson
Album : Color Schemes
Label : 32 Jazz
10:47 AM
O Grande Amor
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Getz For Lovers
Label : Verve
10:47 AM
Recado Bossa Nova
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Memorial Album
Label : Pablo
10:53 AM
Yesterdays
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Clifford Brown With Strings
Label : Mercury
11:01 AM
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
Artist : Cheryl Jewell
Album : My Blue Heaven
Label : Cheryl Jewell
11:04 AM
Giant Steps
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Some Of My Best Friends Are Piano Players
Label : Telarc
11:10 AM
Dancing In The Dark
Artist : Booker Ervin
Album : Structurally Sound
Label : Blue Note
11:16 AM
Nica’s Dream
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Mellow Mood
Label : Verve
11:25 AM
Lazy Bird
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Blue Train
Label : Blue Note
11:36 AM
Old Devil Moon
Artist : Pauline Bennick
Album : Pauline Bennick and Jersey Grown
Label : Pauline Bennick
11:48 AM
Green Dolphin Street
Artist : Red Garland
Album : Best Of The Red Garland Quintets
Label : Prestige
11:54 AM
Isfahan
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Great London Concerts
Label : Jazz Heritage
12:06 PM
Johnny Mandel Medley
Artist : Joe Negri
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Noteworthy
12:14 PM
All Blues
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : I Love being Here With You
Label : Concord
12:23 PM
Blues Everywhere
Artist : Al Grey-Jimmy Forrest
Album : Truly Wonderful
Label : Stach
12:31 PM
Bewitched
Artist : Nina Bundy
Album : Simply Natural
Label : Nina Bundy
12:37 PM
Petite Fleur
Artist : Joe Barrat-George Mesterhazy
Album : Barratt -Mesterhazy
Label :
12:44 PM
Tangier
Artist : Carol Robbins
Album : Jazz Play
Label : Jazz Cats
12:49 PM
Give Me A June Night
Artist : Gloria Lynne
Album : Gloria Lynne
Label : Sunset
12:53 PM
I Love You
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Lush Life
Label : Pretige
1:00 PM
Every Day
Artist : Count Basie-Joe Williams
Album : Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings
Label : Verve
1:06 PM
Birks Works
Artist : Arturo Sandoval
Album : Dear Diz
Label : Blue Note
1:14 PM
Once I Loved
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : Ballads
Label : Capitol
1:22 PM
Betcha By Golly Wow
Artist : Johnny Hartman
Album : Today
Label : Collectables
1:28 PM
Ciao, Ciao
Artist : Stanely Turrentine
Album : Triumphant SaX
Label : GRP
1:33 PM
Misterioso
Artist : J.J. Johnson
Album : Standards
Label : Antilles
1:41 PM
You’re blase
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : How Long Has This Been Gong On
Label : Pablo
1:48 PM
Yesterday
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Delightfulee
Label : Ble Note
1:53 PM
Soloar
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Chet Baker In New York
Label : Riverside
10:05 AM
chelsea Bridge
Artist : Buck Hill
Album : Capitol Hill
Label : Muse
10:12 AM
Someone To Watch Over Me
Artist : Stephane Grappelli
Album : Stephane Grappelli Love
Label : Justin Time
10:18 AM
Cherokee
Artist : Shelley Manne
Album : Standards On Impulse
Label : Impulse
10:22 AM
In A mellow Tone
Artist : Herb Ellis-Joe Pass
Album : Seven Come Eleven
Label : Concord
10:29 AM
Moonglow
Artist : Billy Holiday
Album : Original Great American Songbook
Label : Verve
10:34 AM
Love You Madly
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Duke's Big Four
Label : Pablo
10:42 AM
Invitation
Artist : Phil Woods
Album : An Affair To Remember
Label : Evidence
10:50 AM
If Love Is Good To Me
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Gentle Is My Love
Label : Capitol
11:17 AM
Bluesette
Artist : Toots Thielemans
Album : The Silver Collection
Label : Polydor
11:23 AM
Come Fly With Me
Artist : Monty Alexander
Album : Uplift
Label : Jazz Legacy
11:31 AM
Girl From Ipamema
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : The Artistry Of Stan Getz
Label : Verve
11:36 AM
Just Friends
Artist : J.J. Johnson
Album : Standards
Label : Antillies
11:46 AM
All Blues
Artist : Ray Bryant
Album : All Blues
Label : Pablo
11:54 AM
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Artist : Claude Williams
Album : Swingtime In New York
Label : Progressive
12:06 PM
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Best Of Jimmy Smith
Label : Blue Note
12:14 PM
Just Squeze Me
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Pure Desmond
Label : CTI
12:26 PM
Brazil
Artist : Grant Green
Album : The Latin Bit
Label : Blue Note
12:33 PM
The Good Life
Artist : Billy Eckstine
Album : Don't Worry 'Bout Me
Label : Merecury
12:36 PM
Senor Blues
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Best Of Horace Silver
Label : Liberty
12:43 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson's Finest Hour
Label : Verve
12:52 PM
Fathead
Artist : David Newman
Album : It's Mister Fathead
Label : 32 Jazz
1:00 PM
Medley of songs
Artist : Mary Ellen Desmond
Album : In concert
Label : ?

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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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