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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January 26, 2014

9:06 AM
Maybe September
Artist : Ken Peplowski
Album : Maybe September
Label : Capri Records
9:14 AM
For Heaven Sakes
Artist : Grover Washington Jr. w./ Freddy Cole & Jeanie Bryson
Album : All My Tomorrows
Label : Columbia
9:23 AM
Artist : Paul Smith
Album : Heavy Jazz
Label : Outstanding Records (vinyl)
9:30 AM
Have You Met Miss Jones?
Artist : Steve Davis
Album : Eloquence
Label : JLP Records
9:38 AM
Two For The Road
Artist : Jack Wilkins
Album : Until It's Time
Label : Max Jazz
9:46 AM
I Wanna Be Loved
Artist : Shirley Horn
Album : Close Enough For Love
Label : Verve
9:52 AM
Shiny Stockings
Artist : Dave Bailey Quintet
Album : Two Feet In The Gutter
Label : Epic Records (vinyl)
10:01 AM
Artist : Bill Evans Trio
Album : Live At The Top Of The Gate
Label : Resonance
10:07 AM
Recorda Me
Artist : Phil Moore 3 & The Afro Latin Soultet
Album : Afro Brazil Oba
Label : Tower Records (vinyl)
10:13 AM
Blame It On My Youth
Artist : Walt Weiskopf Quartet
Album : Live
Label : Capri Records
10:21 AM
When I Look In Your Eyes
Artist : Nancy WIlson
Album : Easy
Label : Capitol
10:23 AM
You’ve Changed
Artist : Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio
Album : Reflections
Label : Word Of Mouth
10:29 AM
Step Lightly
Artist : Benny Golson
Album : New York Scene
Label : Contemporary
10:36 AM
Whisper Not
Artist : Dena DeRose
Album : Another World
Label : Sharp Nine Records
10:45 AM
They Say It’s Spring
Artist : Blossom Dearie
Album : Give Him The Ooh-La-La
Label : Verve
10:49 AM
It Might As Well Be Spring
Artist : Red Garland Trio
Album : Rediscovered Masters
Label : Prestige
11:00 AM
Artist : Jackie McLean Quintet
Album : Lights Out
Label : Prestige
11:08 AM
Where Is The Love
Artist : Stephen Scott
Album : Vision Quest
Label : Enja Records
11:16 AM
Ballad Medley
Artist : Stan Getz & Lionel Hampton
Album : Hamp And Getz
Label : Verve
11:25 AM
Garota De Ipanema
Artist : Rosa Passos w./ Ron Carter
Album : Entre Amigos
Label : Chesky Records
11:28 AM
A Felicidade
Artist : Romero Lubambo
Album : Brazilian Essence
Label : SSC Records
11:34 AM
Love You Madly
Artist : Monty Alexander Trio
Album : Reunion In Europe
Label : Concord
11:39 AM
Just Squeeze Me
Artist : Joe Newman w./ Frank Foster
Album : Good 'N Groovy
Label : Prestige Swingsville
11:48 AM
Pick Yourself Up
Artist : Nat Cole w./ George Shearing
Album : Nat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Plays
Label : Capitol
11:51 AM
Days Of WIne And Roses
Artist : Denis DiBlasio
Album : View From Pikes
Label : Dreambox Media
12:07 PM
Artist : Don Byas
Album : Don Byas
Label : Blue Star
12:11 PM
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Blue Moon
Label : Jazz Book Records
12:18 PM
Artist : Chuck Redd
Album : Happy All The Time
Label : Arbors Jazz
12:29 PM
You Must Believe In Spring
Artist : Tony Bennett w./ Bill Evans
Album : The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings
Label : Fantasy Records
12:33 PM
Joy Spring
Artist : Clifford Brown w./ Max Roach
Album : Alone Together: Best Of The Mercury Years
Label : Mercury
12:43 PM
I Know You Know
Artist : George Cotsirilos
Album : Variations
Label : OA2 Records
12:49 PM
You Better Go Now
Artist : Jimmy Smith w./ Roy Hargrove
Album : Angel Eyes...Ballads And Slow Jams
Label : Verve
12:49 PM
You Better Go Now
Artist : Jimmy Smith w./ Roy Hargrove
Album : Angel Eyes...Ballads And Slow Jams
Label : Verve
12:55 PM
Artist : The Jazztet
Album : Another Git Together
Label : Mercury Records


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.