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.

Scroll down to see recent playlists.

Composer ID: 


December 23, 2012

10:00 AM
I Remember Clifford
Artist : Donald Vega
Album : Spiritual Nature
Label : Resonance
10:08 AM
Artist : Warren Vache
Album : Talk To Me Baby
Label : Muse
10:15 AM
Artist : Benny Carter
Album : Benny Carter With The Oscar Peterson Trio
Label : Past Perfect
10:20 AM
Have Yourself A Merry Little Chistmas
Artist : Vanessa Rubin
Album : A Merry Christmas
Label : RCA
10:24 AM
Santa Baby
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Chistmas With Houston Person
Label : Muse
10:30 AM
In My Solitude
Artist : Coleman Gakins-Duke Ellington
Album : Standards On Impulse
Label : Impulse
10:38 AM
Artist : Shelly Manne
Album : Standards On Impulse
Label : Impulse
10:43 AM
Artist : Statesmen Of Jazz
Album : Statesmen Of Jazz
Label : Arbors
10:50 AM
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Scott Hamilton With Srings
Label : Concord
10:57 AM
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Artist : Marian McPartland
Album : An NPR Christmas With Marian McPartland
Label : NPR
11:02 AM
What A Difference The Day Makes
Artist : Paula Johns-George Mesterhazy
Album : Well, We Did It
Label : Paula Johns
11:07 AM
Chelsea Bridge
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Tokyo Recital
Label : Pablo
11:16 AM
Theme For Ernie
Artist : Michael Pedicin
Album : Live At The Loft
Label : Jazz Hut
11:22 AM
Little Sunflower
Artist : Rebeca Parris
Album : A Passionat Fling
Label : Shira
11:30 AM
Let It Snow
Artist : David Leonhardt
Album : I'll Be Home For Christmas
Label : Bib Bang
11:40 AM
Christmas Time Is Here
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Charlie Brown Holiday Hits
Label : Fantasy
11:48 AM
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : A Stan Kenton Christmas
Label : Capitol
11:51 AM
Christmas Is Being With You
Artist : Larry McKenna
Album : Christmas Is Being With You
Label : Larry McKenna
12:06 PM
Up Jumped Spring
Artist : Jazz Messengers
Album : Three Blind Mice
Label : Blue Note
12:11 PM
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Rogers and Hart Songbook
Label : Concord
12:17 PM
The Girl Next Door
Artist : Joe Negri
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Noteworthy
12:22 PM
I’m Beginning To See The Light
Artist : John Brown
Album : Dancing With Duke
Label : John Brown Blvd
12:30 PM
We Three Kings
Artist : Mark Kramer
Album : Jazz Greetings
Label : Dreambox
12:36 PM
Christmas Time Is Here
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Charle Brown Holiday Hits
Label : Fantasy
12:39 PM
Easy To Love
Artist : Don Paterson-Sonny Stitt
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Prestige
12:45 PM
It Was So Good While It Lasted
Artist : Nat Cole
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
12:49 PM
Two For The Road
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : For The Love Of You
Label : E 1
12:54 PM
Artist : Dave McKenna
Album : Christmas Ivory
Label : Concord
1:01 PM
So What
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
1:10 PM
Artist : Chuck Redd
Album : Common Thread
Label : Arbors
1:19 PM
The Look Of Love
Artist : Morgana King
Album : Gemeni Changes
Label : Reprise
1:23 PM
Artist : Frank Morgan
Album : John Coltrane Songbook
Label : High Note
1:32 PM
Christmas Waltz
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : An Oscar Peterson Christmas
Label : Telarc
1:39 PM
Jingle Bells
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Have yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Label : Verve
1:42 PM
I’ve Got My Love To keep Me Warm
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Have Uouself A Merry Little Christmas
Label : Verve
1:46 PM
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Best Of Horace Silver
Label : Blue Note
1:55 PM
BP With The GM
Artist : Eddie Morgan
Album : BP With The Gm
Label : Eddie Morgan


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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.