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

March 14, 2013

6:06 PM
Can’t Get Started
Artist : George Mesterhazy-Joe Barratt
Album : Memories Of You
Label : Barratt-Mesterhazy
6:13 PM
And The Angels Sing
Artist : Red Garland
Album : Best Of Red Garland Trios
Label : Prestige
6:20 PM
Alone Together
Artist : Carol Robbins
Album : 3 And 4
Label : Jazz Cats
6:26 PM
What’s New
Artist : George Benson
Album : Blue Benson
Label : Polydor
6:34 PM
I’ll Neve Be The Same
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
6:49 PM
Darn That Dream
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Jazz 'Round Midnight
Label : Verve
7:04 PM
Theme From The Robe
Artist : Yusef Lateef
Album : Yusef Lateef Plays For Lovers
Label : Prestige
7:08 PM
Along Cme Betty
Artist : Jazz Messengers
Album : Moanin'
Label : Blue Note
7:16 PM
Candy
Artist : Loud Donaldson
Album : Complete Blue Note Sessions
Label : Blue Note
7:23 PM
Dancing InThe Dark
Artist : John Meyer
Album : Nightscape
Label : Reservoir
7:30 PM
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Artist : Ann Hampton Callaway
Album : After Hours
Label : Denon
7:38 PM
Bluesette
Artist : Ann Hampton Callaway
Album : Easy Living
Label : After Nine
7:46 PM
That Old Feeling
Artist : Roy Haynes
Album : Love Letters
Label : Columbia
7:52 PM
Sugar
Artist : Andy Snitzer
Album : Sugar
Label : A440
7:57 PM
I Thought About You
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Some Of My Best Friends Are The Trumpet Players
Label : Telarc
8:02 PM
All Too Soon
Artist : Buddy DeFranco-Oscar Peterson
Album : Hark
Label : Pablo
8:09 PM
Misty
Artist : Johnny Smith
Album : Sound Of The Johnny Smith Guitar
Label : Roulette
8:16 PM
Birks Works
Artist : Hank Jones-James Moody
Album : Our Delight
Label : IPO
8:23 PM
I’ll Close My Eyes
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Best Of Jazz 'Round Midnight
Label : Verve
8:27 PM
I’m Glad There Is You
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : Sketches On Standards
Label : Capitol
8:33 PM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Supersax
Album : Supersax Plays Bird With Strings
Label : Caspitol
8:41 PM
Christo Redentor
Artist : Donald Byrd
Album : Best Of Blue Note
Label : Blue Note
8:50 PM
Moanin’
Artist : Jazz Messengers
Album : Moanin'
Label : Blue 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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