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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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


From ICON Magazine
3:19 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Bob Perkins Tells The Tommy Potter Story

Jazz bassist Tommy Potter with Charlie Byrd in NYC in the late 1940s.

Tommy Potter’s name wouldn’t get much attention in jazz circles these days...unless the gathering were comprised of musicians and jazz fans with high-mileage on their odometers. But there was a time when the mention of his name brought smiles and nods of recognition, along with enthusiastic approval.

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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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