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 21, 2013

6:06 PM
Overjoyed
Artist : Johnny O’Neal
Album : OnThe Montreal Scene
Label : Justin Time
6:13 PM
You Go To My Head
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : East Of The Sun
Label : Discovery
6:21 PM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : Antoine Silverman
Album : Blue Moods
Label : Hillsboro
6:31 PM
Tangier
Artist : Carol Robbins
Album : Jazz Play
Label : Jazz Cats
6:35 PM
Little Boy Lost
Artist : Singers Unlimited-Rob Mc Connell
Album : Singers Unlimited-Rob McConnell
Label : Verve
6:40 PM
As Long s There’s Music
Artist : Denny Zeitlin
Album : As Long As There's Music
Label : 32 Jazz
6:46 PM
Eternal Triangle
Artist : Hank Jones-James Moody
Album : Our Delight
Label : IPO
6:51 PM
I Have Dreamed
Artist : Lena Horne
Album : Lena: A New Album
Label : Vocalion
6:55 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Best of Wes Montgomery
Label : Verve
7:00 PM
Stolen Moments
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Angel Eyes
Label : Verve
7:07 PM
What’s New
Artist : Jackie McLean
Album : Best of Jackie McLean
Label : Prestige
7:15 PM
In A Srentimental Mood
Artist : Leslie Burrs
Album : Impressions Of Another You
Label : Dreambox
7:25 PM
The Girl Next Door
Artist : Hank Jones
Album : The Touch
Label : Concord
7:32 PM
Baby It’s Cold Outside
Artist : Betty Carter-Ray Charles
Album : Ray Charles-Betty Carter
Label : ABC Paramount
7:36 PM
Love Letters
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Hustlin'
Label : Blue Note
7:44 PM
Gone With The Wind
Artist : Art Farmer
Album : Early Art
Label : Prestige
7:50 PM
Emily
Artist : Tony Bennett
Album : Movie Song Album
Label : Columbia
7:53 PM
Love Walked In
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Standards
Label : Blue Note
8:02 PM
Too Close For Comfort
Artist : Stan Getz-Gerry Mulligan
Album : Getz Meets Mulligan
Label : Jazz Heritage
8:09 PM
I Could Write A Book
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : You're Mine You
Label : Roulette
8:12 PM
What Is This Thing Clled Love
Artist : Art Tatum
Album : Complete Tatum Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
8:20 PM
I Remember You
Artist : The Jazz Professors
Album : Do It Again
Label : Flying Horse
8:25 PM
Moment To Moment
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : Moment To Moment
Label : Milestone
8:31 PM
Loverman
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : The Paris Concert
Label : Pablo
8:37 PM
How little We Know
Artist : Jackie Ryan
Album : Listen Here
Label : Open Art
8:45 PM
Out Of Nowhere
Artist : Al Cohn-J.J. Johnson
Album : The Birdlanders
Label : Fresh Sound
8:55 PM
Speak No Evil
Artist : Tottos Thielemans
Album : Chez Toots
Label : Concord

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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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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:48 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

'The Edenfred Files': Darryl Harper's Blues-Infused Jazz

Clarinetist Darryl Harper discovered jazz as a teenager in Philadelphia.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:41 pm

In jazz, the clarinet went into eclipse for awhile, drowned out by louder trumpets and saxes. The instrument has long since made a comeback, and the modern clarinet thrives in settings where it doesn't have to shout to be heard.

Take "Spindleshanks," a little out-of-sync boogie-woogie for Darryl Harper's clarinet and Kevin Harris' piano. It's from Harper's The Edenfred Files. In his long-running Onus Trio, the spare unit Darryl Harper features on most of his new album, he can sing softly as an owl in the night.

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Bob Perkins Broadcasts from Wiggins Park
12:48 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

BP: On the Road Again!

Bob Perkins

Join Bob Perkins as he broadcasts live from the Wiggins Park Sunset Jazz Series in Camden, NJ on Monday, August 5th at 6 pm.  BP will bring you the usual GM from his regular summer post, right next to the big stage at Wiggins Park as the crowd awaits the night’s headliner, pianist Danilo Perez, who takes the stage at 8 pm.  Expect to hear BP speak to the folks responsible for keeping this series alive for 22 years, and, if we’re lucky, the man himself, Danilo Perez.

BP Live From Wiggins Park
12:29 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Bob Perkins Hits the Road!

BP with the GM

Join Bob Perkins as he broadcasts live from the the Wiggins Park Sunset Jazz Series in Camden, NJ on Monday, July 15th at 6 pm.  BP will bring you the usual GM from his regular summer post, right next to the big stage at Wiggins Park as the crowd awaits the night’s headliner, Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes. 

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Latest from ICON
11:57 am
Fri July 5, 2013

ICON Suggests: Eliane Elias, I Thought About You (A Tribute To Chet Baker)

Eliane Elias

A one-of-a-kind pianist and performer, you never know what Eliane Elias will do next. The Brazilian native is an indefatigable interpreter of song, effortlessly shifting between styles and moods. In concert, she has a story behind every tune and infuses her playing with a party-like groove, yet she remains a consummate musician with a deep, soulful vibe that she always brings to the material.

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Latest from ICON
12:22 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

The Artistic Evolution of The Legendary Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett has been at this for a while. But he is still as enthusiastic—or maybe even more enthusiastic—about jazz, jazz musicians and singing than when I first met him in 1970. I was but a wee lad back then, playing drums in Philadelphia with sax great Charlie Ventura. One evening, the great jazz pianist—John Bunch—newly-appointed Musical Director for Tony Bennett and former Ventura cohort in the Gene Krupa jazz quartet, walked in after his Bennett gig and wanted to sit in. I’ll never forget it.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
1:12 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

'My Ellington': A Pianist Gives Duke Her Personal Touch

Duke Ellington (1899-1974) at the piano at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon, during a British tour on Feb. 10, 1963.
John Pratt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 4:50 pm

At the keys, Duke Ellington abstracted from stride piano, which modernized ragtime. Ellington's own spare percussive style then refracted through Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor, as well as a generation of freewheeling pianists active in Europe, like Aki Takase. Her new solo piano album is My Ellington, on which she plays some stride bass herself, as in "In a Mellow Tone."

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ENCORE!
10:05 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

The New York Philharmonic: A Jazz Flavor, June 23 At 4 PM

Wynton Marsalis

All of the works in this Sunday's New York Philharmonic broadcast have a jazz connection. Igor Stravinsky's 1918 Ragtime for 11 Instruments draws its inspiration from popular music of the time, including jazz. Aaron Copland's jazz-steeped Clarinet Concerto dates from 30 years later, a commission from Benny Goodman. Wynton Marsalis has describe his "Swing Symphony" as a symphonic meditation on the evolution of swing, and prominently features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with the Philharmonic.  Alan Gilbert and Case Scaglione
 conduct.

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Diamond Sessions
11:11 am
Thu June 6, 2013

The Karrin Allyson & Bill McGlaughlin "Diamond Session" On WRTI: Sunday, June 9th At 4 PM

WRTI jazz host Bob Perkins with Karrin Allyson and Bill McGlaughlin in the WRTI performance studio, April 14, 2013.

Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist and pianist Karrin Allyson and radio personality Bill McGlaughlin (who is also a musician, conductor, and composer!) visited the WRTI performance studio in April and treated a few lucky guests to an amazing show. It was a fantastic afternoon in celebration of WRTI's 60th Anniversary! Join us to hear a broadcast of the session on Sunday, June 9th at 4 pm.

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A Three-Hour Tribute!
1:25 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

A Duke Ellington Birthday Bash On WRTI

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington

We're throwing an Ellington Birthday Bash on Monday, April 29th from 7 to 10 pm to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of The Duke! There will be special Spring Member Drive thank-you gifts that will only be available during this three-hour period, and Duke’s music will be heard the entire time. We can’t think of a better way to cap off Jazz Appreciation Month! Join us!

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