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 27, 2013

6:06 PM
Overjoyed
Artist : Johnny O’Neill
Album : On The Montreal Scene
Label : Justin Time
6:13 PM
Polka Dots And Moon Beams
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : All About My Girl
Label : Muse
6:21 PM
Isfahan
Artist : John Brown
Album : Dancing With Duke
Label : JohnBrown Blvd
6:29 PM
Johnny Mandel Medley
Artist : Joe Negri
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Noteworthy
6:40 PM
Tenderly
Artist : Vanessa Rubin
Album : Soul Eyes
Label : Novus
6:48 PM
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Artist : Antoine Silverman
Album : Blue Moods
Label : Hillsboro
6:56 PM
Emily
Artist : Tony Bennett
Album : Movie Song Album
Label : Columbia
7:00 PM
Love Letters
Artist : Stanely Turrentine
Album : Hustlin'
Label : Blue Note
7:17 PM
Rio De Janeiro Blue
Artist : Jill Salkin
Album : The Very Thought Of You
Label : Philly Girl
7:24 PM
What’s New
Artist : Jackie McLean
Album : Best Of Jackie McLean
Label : Prestige
7:32 PM
I’ll Be Seeing You
Artist : Joe Magnarelli
Album : My Old Flame
Label : Give A Go
7:39 PM
Come In From The Rain
Artist : Shawwn Monteiro
Album : To Carmen With Love
Label : Whaling City
7:43 PM
Ruby My Dear
Artist : Coleman Hawkins
Album : Monk's Music
Label : Columbia
7:50 PM
Night And Day
Artist : Art Tatum
Album : Complete Pablo Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
7:55 PM
Moment’s Notice
Artist : Slide Hampton
Album : Spirit Of The Horn
Label :
8:03 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Peckin' Time
Label : Blue Note
8:10 PM
My Ship
Artist : Lena Horne
Album : Lena-A New Album
Label : Vocalion
8:17 PM
Nardis
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : Portrait Of annonball
Label : Riverside
8:23 PM
Silver’s Serenade
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Silver's Serenade
Label : Blue Note
8:35 PM
Remember
Artist : Sarah Vaughan-Billy Eckstine
Album : Erving Berlin Songbook
Label : Emarcy
8:37 PM
You And The Night And The Music
Artist : Graant Green
Album : Standards
Label : Blue Note
8:44 PM
Goodbye
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : The Paris Concert
Label : Pablo
8:53 PM
Smile
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : At Kosei Nenkin Hall
Label : Pablo

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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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