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 23, 2012

9:59 AM
When Sunny Gets Blue
Artist : Kurt Rosenwinkel
Album : Intuit
Label : Criss Cross Jazz
10:07 AM
How Insensitive
Artist : Roy Hargrove w./ With Strings
Album : Moment To Moment
Label : Verve
10:12 AM
Soul Eyes
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Coltrane
Label : Impulse
10:20 AM
I Thought About You
Artist : Rich Thompson
Album : Generations
Label : Origin Records
10:30 AM
Tis Autumn
Artist : Jackie Paris
Album : The Song Is Paris
Label : Impulse
10:35 AM
Sittin’ On A Secret
Artist : Lee Smith
Album :
Label : Vectordisc
10:40 AM
Takin’ It There
Artist : Graham Dechter
Album : Takin' It There
Label : Capri
10:49 AM
But Beautiful
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Bill Evans Trio Featuring Stan Getz/But Beautiful
Label : Milestone
10:55 AM
Travelin’ Light
Artist : Dena DeRose
Album : Travelin' Light
Label : MaxJazz
11:01 AM
Night Song
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : A Bluish Bag
Label : Blue Note6
11:07 AM
Whisper Not
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Extensions
Label : Cadet
11:16 AM
Love On My Mind
Artist : Ray Charles w./ Milt Jackson
Album : Ray Charles...A Life In Music
Label : Atlantic
11:20 AM
Just For A Thrill
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : The Genius Of Soul
Label : Atlantic
11:24 AM
Hard Times
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Ray Charles...A Life In Music
Label : Atlantic
11:30 AM
Yesterday’s Kisses
Artist : Herbie Mann
Album : Caminho De Casa
Label : Chesky
11:35 AM
A Time For Love
Artist : Warren Vache
Album : Dinner By Candlelight...Jazz Moods
Label : Concord
11:43 AM
Third Time Around
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : The Turnaround
Label : Blue Note
11:49 AM
You Never Tell Me Anything
Artist : Donald Vega
Album : Spiritual Nature
Label : Resonance
11:56 AM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : John Coltrane & Duke Ellington
Album : John Coltrane & Duke Ellington
Label : Impulse
12:07 PM
Goin’ On
Artist : Count Basie
Album : The Legend
Label : Roulette
12:11 PM
Shiny Stockings
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald w./ Count Basie
Album : Ella And Basie
Label : Verve
12:16 PM
Watch What Happens
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson In Russia
Label : Pablo
12:24 PM
I Remember You
Artist : Cal Tjader
Album : Dinner By Candlelight
Label : Concord
12:31 PM
Segment
Artist : Ken Song
Album : Goin' Wes
Label : Primrose Records
12:36 PM
The Night We Called It A Day
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Soft Lights
Label : High Note
12:46 PM
The Work Song
Artist : Joe Pass & Les McCann
Album : The Complete Pacific Jazz Joe Pass Quartet Sessions
Label : Mosaic
12:50 PM
Willow Weep For Me
Artist : Lou Rawls & Les McCann
Album : Stormy Monday
Label : Capitol
12:57 PM
Nai Nai
Artist : Donald Byrd
Album : Free Form
Label : Blue Note
1:04 PM
Somewhere In The Night
Artist : Bobby Hutcherson
Album : Somewhere In The Night
Label : Kind Of Blue Records
1:12 PM
Autumn In New York
Artist : Andre Previn
Album : Andre Previn Plays Vernon Duke
Label : Contemporary
1:17 PM
Autumn In New York
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Complete Verve Recordings
Label : Verve
1:22 PM
Seed Shack
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Jug
Label : Prestige
1:29 PM
They Say It’s Spring
Artist : Joe Alterman
Album : Give Me The Simple Life
Label : Miles High Records
1:35 PM
Hey There
Artist : Grant Green
Album : The Latin Bit
Label : Blue Note
1:44 PM
My One And Only Love
Artist : John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
Album : John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
Label : Impulse
1:49 PM
It Could Happen To You
Artist : City Rhythm Orchestra
Album : Vibrant Tones
Label : Limehouse Records
1:56 PM
A Smooth One
Artist : Junior Mance Trio
Album : A Night Out
Label : Verve

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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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