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

December 01, 2013

9:06 AM
Django
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
9:13 AM
Nuages
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Stephane Grappelli
Album : Skol
Label : Pablo
9:20 AM
That Sunday That Summer
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Coll Ladies Of Jazz
Label : ?
9:24 AM
Naima
Artist : Hendrik Meurkens
Album : View From Manhattan
Label : Concord
9:36 AM
I Want To Be Happy
Artist : Stan Getz-Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson-Stan Getz
Label : Verve
9:43 AM
Shadow Of Your Smile
Artist : Eddie Harris
Album : Bet Of Eddie Harris
Label : Atlantic
9:49 AM
I Remember Clifford
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : European Tour
Label : Label M
9:54 AM
Everything Must Change
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : By Request--Best Of Karrin Allyson
Label : Concord
10:02 AM
Lady Bird
Artist : Jon Meyer
Album : The Classics
Label : Reservoir
10:09 AM
Angel Eyes
Artist : Hank Crawford
Album : High Heat Low Flame
Label : Atlantic
10:19 AM
Wendy
Artist : Brent Jensen
Album : The Sound Of A Dry Martini
Label : Origin
10:26 AM
Lost Mind
Artist : Mose Allison
Album : The Word From Mose
Label : Atlantic
10:31 AM
The Scene Is Clean
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Defintiive Clifford rown
Label : Verve
10:37 AM
I Can’t Get Started With You
Artist : Al Grey
Album : Truly Wonderful
Label : Stash
10:45 AM
Love Me Or Leave Me
Artist : Lena Horne
Album : Classic Lena Horne
Label : RCA
10:49 AM
Sweet And Lovely
Artist : Gerry Mulligan-Thelonious Monk
Album : Mulligan Meets Monk
Label : Riverside
10:57 PM
Jordu
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Birks Works
Label : Real Gone
11:02 PM
Here, There And Everywhere
Artist : George Benson
Album : Tenderly
Label : Warner Brothers
11:08 PM
Down Fuzz
Artist : Lem Winchester-Benny Golson
Album : Winchester Special
Label : Fantasy
9:00 AM
All Blues
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : The Legacy
Label : Enja
11:27 AM
The Bad And the Beautiful
Artist : Tony Bennett-Bill Evans
Album : Together Again
Label : Rhino
11:30 AM
They say Falling In Love Is Wonderful
Artist : Sonny Stitt-Don Patterson
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Prestige
11:37 AM
Fallen Feathers
Artist : Canonball Adderley
Album : Beginnings
Label : Emarcy
11:43 AM
At last
Artist : Loretta Holloway
Album : Quietly
Label : La voce
11:47 AM
Wave
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson In Russia
Label : Pablo
11:52 AM
I Hear A Rhapsody
Artist : Zoot Sims
Album : The Innocent Years
Label : Pablo
12:00 PM
So In Love
Artist : Bob DeVos
Album : Playing For Keeps
Label : Savant
12:06 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Dizzy Gillepie
Album : Afro
Label : Real Gone
12:11 PM
The Lamp Is Low
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
12:17 PM
A Beautiful Friendship
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Montreaux 1975
Label : Pablo
12:25 PM
Sunny
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
12:31 PM
If I Had You
Artist : Stephane Grappelli-Oscar Peterson
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Gitanes
12:40 PM
Out Of Nowhere
Artist : Larry McKenna
Album : Profile
Label : Dreambox
12:45 PM
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Artist : Billy Eckstine
Album : Everything I Have Is Yours
Label : Verve
12:49 PM
On A Clear Day
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Let it Go
Label : Impulse
12:56 PM
Miles Ahead
Artist : Miles Dvis
Album : Miles Ahead
Label : Columbia

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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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