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

September 01, 2013

9:06 AM
Ruby
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : I Remember Duke, Hoagy & Strayhorn
Label : Telarc Jazz
9:12 AM
Who Can I Turn To?
Artist : David SIlls
Album : Bigs
Label : Naxos Jazz
9:17 AM
Namely You
Artist : Fred Hersch W./ Tom Harrell
Album : Fred Hersch & Friends...The Duo ALbum
Label : Classical Action Records
9:24 AM
I’ll Get By
Artist : Coleman Hawkins
Album : At Easy With Coleman Hawkins
Label : Prestige
9:29 AM
I Could Write A Book
Artist : Joshua Breakstone
Album : 4-4=1
Label : Sonora Records
9:37 AM
Passion Flower
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington
Album : Ella At Dukes Place
Label : Verve
9:41 AM
How Deep Is The Ocean
Artist : Jon Davis
Album : One Up Front
Label : Posi Tone Records
9:48 AM
Taps Miller
Artist : Joe Newman Quintet
Album : Jive At Five
Label : Prestige/Swingville
9:56 AM
In Six
Artist : Earl Klugh
Album : Handpicked
Label : Heads Up
10:03 AM
Cedar
Artist : Anthony Smith Vibraphone Quartet
Album : Connections Volume One
Label : Jazz Chord Records
10:11 AM
Close Your Eyes
Artist : Jeanie Bryson
Album : Some Cats Know
Label : Telarc Jazz
10:16 AM
Violets For Your Furs
Artist : Albert Heath Ben Street Ethan Iverson
Album : Tootie's Tempo
Label : Sunnyside Records
10:21 AM
In Your Own Sweet Way
Artist : Phil Woods
Album : Warm Woods
Label : Portrait
10:33 AM
How Insensitive
Artist : Pat Martino
Album : Footprints
Label : Muse Records
10:39 AM
Quiet Nights
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Getz/Gilberto #2
Label : Verve
10:47 AM
Blues After All
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : House Party
Label : Blue Note
10:53 AM
April In Paris
Artist : Ayako Shirasaki
Album : Some Other Time
Label : Jan Matthies Records
11:00 AM
Then I’ll Be Tired Of You
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Comin' Your Way
Label : Blue Note
11:06 AM
My Ship
Artist : Slide Hampton
Album : Inclusion
Label : Twin Records
11:12 AM
September Song
Artist : Gary Burton
Album : Departure
Label : Concord Jazz
11:17 AM
The Summer Knows
Artist : Bill Mays Trio
Album : Mays At The Movies
Label : SteepleChase Records
11:24 AM
Maybe September
Artist : Tony Bennett & Bill Evans
Album : Together Again
Label : Concord
11:31 AM
Blue In Bloom
Artist : Gigi Gryce
Album : The Rat Race Blues
Label : Prestige
11:38 AM
Whisper Not
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Extensions
Label : Cadet (vinyl)
11:48 AM
You Go To My Head
Artist : Art Pepper
Album : Art Pepper Quintet
Label : Blue Note
11:52 AM
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Artist : Lew Soloff
Album : With A Song In My Heart
Label : Milestone Records
12:06 PM
Third Time Around
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : The Turnaround
Label : Blue Note
12:12 PM
Your Red Wagon
Artist : Red Garland Trio
Album : Red In Bluesville
Label : Prestige
12:21 PM
Last Night When We Were Young
Artist : Dmitry Baevsky
Album : Down With It
Label : Sharp Nine Records
12:26 PM
September In The Rain
Artist : Roy Hargrove
Album : Public Eye
Label : RCA/Novus
12:40 PM
Just One Of Those Things
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Songs For Distingue Lovers
Label : Verve
12:48 PM
Secret Love
Artist : Jimmy Amadie Trio
Album : Live At The Philadelphia Art Museum
Label : TPR Recordings
12:54 PM
Prophet Jennings
Artist : Freddie Hubbard
Album : Hub-Tones
Label : Blue Note

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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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