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

May 12, 2013

9:05 AM
Dear Old Stockholm
Artist : Pete Jolly
Album : Yours Truly
Label : Quartet
9:12 AM
Con Alma
Artist : John Blake
Album : The Twinkling Of An Eye
Label : It's About The Music
9:18 AM
The Touch Of You Lips
Artist : Jon Meyer
Album : Nightscape
Label : Reservoir
9:30 AM
Can’t Get Started With you
Artist : Al Grey
Album : Truly Wonderful
Label : Stretch
9:37 AM
Easy To Love
Artist : Billy Holiday
Album : Cole Porter Songbook
Label : Verve
9:40 AM
Night And Day
Artist : Stephane Grappelli
Album : At The Blue Note
Label : Telarc
9:44 AM
Alone Together
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Dizzy Gillespie-Oscar Peterson
Label : Pablo
9:51 AM
This Can’ t Be Love
Artist : Oscapr Peterson-Ben Webster
Album : Peterson Meets Webster
Label : Verve
10:00 PM
Just In Time
Artist : Paula Johns
Album : Paula Johns With George Mesterhazy Trio
Label : Paula Johns
10:06 PM
Moonglow
Artist : Gary Burton
Album : Gary Burton Collection
Label : GRP
10:12 AM
Medley
Artist : Joe Negri
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Noteworthy
10:21 AM
Love Letters
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Hustlin'
Label : Blue Note
10:30 PM
A House Is Not A Home
Artist : Christy Barron
Album : Take This Journey
Label : Chesky
10:35 AM
Come Fly With Me
Artist : Monty Alexander
Album : Uplift
Label : JLP
10:44 AM
Love Nest
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : Best Of Sonny Stitt
Label : Pretige
10:50 AM
Green Dolphin Street
Artist : Three Sounds
Album : Moods
Label : Blue Note
10:00 AM
Lullabye Of Birdland
Artist : Mel Torme-Marty Paich
Album : Mel Torme-Marty Paich Dek-tette
Label : Fresh Sound
11:04 AM
40 Days
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : Time Out
Label : Columbia
11:09 AM
Never Will I marry
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : Cannonball And The Poll Winners
Label : Riverside
11:17 AM
Dancing In The Dark
Artist : Booker Irvin
Album : Structurally Sound
Label : Blue Note
11:25 AM
Stardust
Artist : George Benson
Album : Tenderly
Label : Warner Brothers
11:31 AM
East Of The Sun
Artist : Pamela Hines
Album : 3.2.1
Label : Spice Rack
11:36 AM
A Train
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Soular Energy
Label : Concord

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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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