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

January 20, 2013

10:00 AM
Meditation
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Art Of The Ballad
Label : Prestige
10:08 AM
Can’t Get Started With You
Artist : Kenny Barron-Tommy Flanagan
Album : together
Label : Jazz Heritage
10:16 AM
Moon And Sand
Artist : Randy Napoleon
Album : Between Friends
Label : Azira
10:22 AM
Portrait In Black And White
Artist : Joe Henderson
Album : Double Rainbow
Label : Verve
10:27 AM
Skylark
Artist : Sonny Criss
Album : This Is Criss
Label : Prestige
10:33 AM
Paris Blues
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Organic Duke
Label : Concord
10:39 AM
Embraceable You
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Classic Jazz For Lovers
Label : Time-Life
10:48 AM
Far Wes
Artist : Jim Cohen
Album : Pedal Steel Jazz
Label : Acceptable
10:54 AM
Azurte
Artist : Oliver Nelson
Album : Nocturne
Label : Moodsville
11:01 AM
There Will Never Be Another You
Artist : Woody Shaw
Album : Solid
Label : 32 Jazz
11:08 AM
The Naked City
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Naked City Theme
Label : Argo
11:15 AM
You And I
Artist : Ray Charles-Betty Carter
Album : Ray Charles-Betty Carter
Label : ABC Paramount
11:18 AM
Lover Man
Artist : Art Tatum-Buddy DeFranco
Album : Tatum Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
11:32 AM
Along Came Betty
Artist : Ron McCroby
Album : Ron McCroby Plays Pucallo
Label : Concord
11:37 AM
What’s New
Artist : Carl Fontana
Album : The Great Fontana
Label : Uptown
11:45 AM
Moon River
Artist : Sue Raney
Album : Dreamsville
Label : Trend
11:49 AM
Where Or When
Artist : The Three Sounds With Stanley Turrentine
Album : Blue Hour
Label : Jazz Heritage
11:57 AM
The Bad And The Beautiful
Artist : Bill Evans-Tony Bennett
Album : Together Again
Label : Rhino
12:06 PM
Star Eyes
Artist : Frank Morgan-Art Farmer
Album : Central Avenue Reunion
Label : Contemporary
12:15 PM
Jitterbug Wltz
Artist : Zoot Sims
Album : Warm Tenor
Label : Pablo
12:23 PM
When Sunny Gets Blue
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Guess Who I saw Today
Label : Capitol
12:26 PM
The Duke
Artist : Joe Pass
Album : My Song
Label : Telarc
12:33 PM
Falling In Love Is Wonderful
Artist : Sonny Stitt-Don Patterson
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Prestige
12:42 PM
I Concentrate On You
Artist : Lena Horne
Album : Lovely And Alive
Label : RCA
12:45 PM
Only A Paper Moon
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Harold Arlen Celebration
Label : Concord
12:51 PM
Last Night When We Were Young
Artist : George Shearing-Mel torme
Album : Harold Arlen Centennial
Label : Concord
12:56 PM
Contrasts
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Complete Reprise Studio Recordings
Label : Mosaic
1:01 PM
A Train
Artist : Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars
Album : The European Tour
Label : Concord
1:08 PM
April In Paris
Artist : Thad Jones
Album : The Magnificent Thad Jones
Label : Blue Note
1:16 PM
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Artist : Count Bsasie-Arthur Prysock
Album : Basie-Prysock
Label : Verve
1:20 PM
Favors
Artist : Stephane Grappelli
Album : Uptown Dance
Label : Columbia
1:25 PM
Never Never Land/ When You Wish Upon A Star
Artist : Ali Ryerson-Steve Rudolph
Album : Soul Quest
Label : PA.CT
1:31 PM
Don’t You Know I Care
Artist : Johnny Hartman
Album : Johnny Hartman Collection
Label : Hip-0
1:35 PM
Flutin’ The Blues
Artist : James Moody
Album : James Moody
Label : Priceless Jazz
1:41 PM
Milestones
Artist : Roy Hargrove
Album : The Vibe
Label : Novus
1:49 PM
Dreamsville
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Sarah For Lovers
Label : Verve
1:53 PM
You Go To My Head
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : lue Note

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:09 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall

Jim Hall performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:57 pm

Jazz guitarist, composer and arranger Jim Hall died in his sleep Tuesday; he was 83. Hall was known for a subtle, lyrical playing style, a gift for innovation and collaborations with a host of talented musicians in a career that stretched more than seven decades.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
1:19 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Ella Fitzgerald's Early Years Collected In A Chick Webb Box Set

Ella Fitzgerald sings with bandleader Chick Webb in Asbury Park, N.J., in 1938.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 9:44 am

Drummer Chick Webb's 1930s orchestra terrorized competitors in band battles and sent dancers into orbit at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom. They could be similarly explosive on record, but only rarely. Early on, they did have some hot Edgar Sampson arrangements that Benny Goodman would soon turn into hits, like "Blue Lou" and "Don't Be That Way." But the Webb band also had an old-school crooner, Charles Linton, with pre-jazz-age enunciation.

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Happy 80th Birthday BP!
5:49 am
Fri December 6, 2013

A Photo Album of Bob Perkins Through The Years

Bob Perkins' first radio gig at WGPR-FM in Detroit, 1964

Mr. Bob Perkins, WRTI jazz host extraordinaire, turns 80 years old today. And for 50 of those years he's been on the radio to the delight of thousands and thousands of listeners. Happy Birthday BP! We love your GM...and you!

Do you have any anecdotes about BP you'd like to share? Any birthday wishes? Please let Bob know in the comments section below. Thanks!

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WRTI Spotlight
12:30 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Thanksgivukkah on WRTI!

Celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah with your favorite radio station. We've got the music for the perfect holiday weekend!

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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.

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