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

February 21, 2013

6:06 PM
Central Park West
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Giant Steps
Label : Enja
6:12 PM
Funny Valentine
Artist : Stan Getz-J.J. Johnson
Album : At The Opera House
Label : Pablo
6:21 PM
Satin Doll
Artist : Joe Pass
Album : Portraits Of Duke Ellington
Label : Pablo
6:27 PM
Dear Old Stockholm
Artist : Sasha Distel-John Lewis
Album : Afternoon In Paris
Label : Koch
6:36 PM
Candy
Artist : Ella Fitagerald
Album : 2 Nights In Hollywood
Label : Verve
6:39 PM
Emily
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Summertime
Label : CTI
6:45 PM
Always
Artist : Ray Parker
Album : Swingin' Never Hurt Nobody
Label : Ray Parker
6:52 PM
Surrey With Fringe On Top
Artist : Blossom Dearie
Album : Jazz Divas Gold
Label : Verve
7:00 PM
Diane
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Seamin' With The Miles Davis Quintet
Label : Prestige
7:08 PM
Stolen Moments
Artist : Piers Laurence
Album : Stolen Moments
Label : Jazz Net Media
7:15 PM
Tenderly
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Verve Story
Label : Verve
7:20 PM
Every Day I Have The Blues
Artist : Count Basie-Joe Williams
Album : Verve Story
Label : Verve
7:26 PM
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Artist : Sonny Criss
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Gitanes
7:33 PM
Crazy He Calls Me
Artist : Greta Matassa
Album : A ll This And Heaven oo
Label : Origin
7:39 PM
Summer Night
Artist : Warren Vache
Album : Warm Evening
Label : Concord
7:45 PM
Laura
Artist : Gerry Mulligan-Billy Taylor
Album : Live At MCG
Label : MCG
7:53 PM
Once I Loved
Artist : Monty Alexander-Milt Jackson
Album : Soul Fusion
Label : Pablo
8:00 PM
Falling In Love With Love
Artist : Gene Ammons-Dodo Marmarosa
Album : Jug And Dodo
Label : Prestige
8:08 PM
Angel Eyes
Artist : Jimi Odell
Album : Shades Of Jimi Odell
Label : Jimi Odell
8:16 PM
I Thought About You
Artist : Sam Most
Album : Xanadu At Montreux
Label : Xanadu
8:22 PM
Here’s To Life
Artist : ShirleyHorn
Album : Jazz Divas Gold
Label : Verve
8:27 PM
Yesterdays
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Clifford Brown With Strings
Label : Verve
8:31 PM
Laura
Artist : Billy Taylor-Gerry Mulligan
Album : Live At McG
Label : mcg
8:48 PM
Body And Soul
Artist : Bill Evans-Toots Thielemans
Album : Affinity
Label : Warner Brothers
8:55 PM
Front And Center
Artist : Lee Smith
Album : Sitting On A Secret
Label : Tetrachord

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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.

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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