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

April 02, 2013

6:06 PM
Chelsea Bridge
Artist : Ricky Ford
Album : Jazz For When You're Not Alone
Label : Savoy
6:13 PM
So In Love
Artist : Bob DeVos
Album : I Hear A Rhapsody
Label : Savant
6:19 PM
I Hear a Rhapsody
Artist : Carol Robbins
Album : Three And Four
Label : Jazz Cats
6:24 PM
Blue In Green
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Portrait In Jazz
Label : Riverside
6:30 PM
How Insensitive
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Best Of Wes Montgomery
Label : Verve
6:34 PM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : And His Mother Called Him Bill
Label : Bluebird
6:41 PM
Lover Man
Artist : Art Tatum-Buddy DeFranco
Album : Tatum, Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
6:48 PM
Come In From The Rain
Artist : ShirleyHorn
Album : The Main Ingredient
Label : Verve
6:53 PM
I Concentrate On You
Artist : J.J Johnson-Kai Winding
Album : The Great J And K
Label : Real Gone
7:03 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie-Oscar Peterson
Album : Dizzy Gillespie-Oscar Peterson
Label : Pablo
7:09 PM
Yardbird Suite
Artist : Hank Jones
Album : Bop Redux
Label : 32 Jazz
7:14 PM
Harlem Nocturne
Artist : Buck Hill
Album : The Buck Stops Here
Label : Muse
7:23 PM
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Cole Porter Songbook
Label : Verve
7:30 PM
John Coltrane Medley
Artist : Russell Malone-Benny Green
Album : At The Bistro
Label : Telarc
7:35 PM
Spanyola
Artist : Lucky Thompson
Album : Body And Soul
Label : Nessa
7:39 PM
Django
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Vince Guaraldi Trio
Label : Fantasy
7:45 PM
Slaughter On 1Oth Avenue
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : The Ultimate Jimmy Smith
Label : Verve
7:52 PM
So Mnay Stars
Artist : Jane Monheit
Album : Come Dream With Me
Label : Silver Line
8:00 PM
Bohemia After Dark
Artist : Doroth Ashby
Album : In A Minor Groove
Label : Prestige
8:21 PM
Lazy Bird
Artist : Pat Martino
Album : East
Label : Prestige
8:32 PM
But Beautiful
Artist : Clark Terry-Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson-Clark Terry
Label : Pablo
8:36 PM
Just A Lucky So And So
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Ballad Essentails
Label : Concord
8:46 PM
Jordu
Artist : Antoine Silverman
Album : Blue Moods
Label : Hillsboro
8:52 PM
I Should Care
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Close To You
Label : Roulette
8:55 PM
Milestones
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Milestones
Label : Columbia

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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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