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 26, 2013

6:06 PM
Jive AT Five
Artist : Joe Newman Quintet
Album : Jive At Five
Label : Swingville
6:11 PM
Nocturne In B Major
Artist : Peter Beets Trio
Album : Chopin Meets The Blues
Label : Criss Cross Jazz
6:21 PM
Lover Man
Artist : Jimmy Smith w./ Lou Donaldson
Album : Music For LOvers
Label : Blue Note
6:28 PM
Make Someone Happy
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Bill Evans At Town Hall
Label : Verve
6:35 PM
Pennie From Heaven
Artist : Lester Young & Harry ’Sweets" Edison
Album : Pres And Sweets
Label : Verve
6:40 PM
Let’s Face The Music And Dance
Artist : Maureen Kennedy
Album : This Is Always
Label : Baldwin Street Records
6:48 PM
Ruby My Dear
Artist : Roy Hargrove & Antonio Hart
Album : Approaching Standards
Label : RCA/Novus
6:54 PM
Sonymoon For Two
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Statements
Label : Impulse
7:02 PM
Wave
Artist : Denise King
Album : Simply Mellow
Label : R.E.D.D. King Records
7:08 PM
For All We Know
Artist : Denise Montana
Album : In My Life
Label : DM Music
7:18 PM
Street Of Dreams
Artist : Ray Brown Trio w./ Gene Harris
Album : The Red Hot Ray Brown Trio
Label : Concord
7:23 PM
Weird Blues
Artist : Ken Song
Album : Goin' Wes
Label : Primrose Records
7:30 PM
Last Train From Overbrook
Artist : James Moody
Album : Last Train From Overbrook
Label : Argo
7:34 PM
Stella By Starlight
Artist : James Moody
Album : 4 A
Label : IPO Records
7:42 PM
What’s New
Artist : Helen Merrill
Album : Helen Merrill
Label : Emarcy
7:47 PM
Where Have You Been
Artist : Bill Charlap Trio
Album : Written In The Stars
Label : Blue Note
7:56 PM
If Ever I Would Leave You
Artist : Kenny Dorham
Album : Una Mas
Label : Blue Note
8:03 PM
Misty
Artist : Oscar Peterson w./ Itzhak Perlman
Album : Side By SIde
Label : Telarc
8:09 PM
I Say A Little Prayer
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Road Song
Label : A&M
8:13 PM
Dewey Square
Artist : Charlie Parker
Album : Yardbird Suite:Ultimate Charlie Parker Collection
Label : Rhino Records
8:16 PM
Gee, Matthew
Artist : Ira Sullivan & Stu Katz
Album : A Family Affair
Label : Origin Records
8:30 PM
I Got It Bad And That AIn’t Good
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : I Remember Duke, Hoagy & Strayhorn
Label : Telarc
8:35 PM
The Gentle Rain
Artist : Akio Sasajima & Ron Carter
Album : Akioustically Sound
Label : Muse Records
8:44 PM
Because I Love You
Artist : The George Robert ...Tom Harrell Quintet
Album : Sun Dance
Label : Contemporary
8:53 PM
Easy To Love
Artist : Fred Hersch Trio
Album : "ETC"
Label : Red Records

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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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