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

October 07, 2012

10:00 AM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : Peter Weniger
Album : Peter Weniger And The Metropole Orchestra
Label : Mons
10:07 AM
Peace
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Jazz Giants Play Horace Silver
Label : Prestige
10:14 AM
You Are All
Artist : Joe Negri
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Noteworthy
10:22 AM
The Very Thought Of You
Artist : Diane Schuur
Album : Classic Jazz For Lovers
Label : Time- Life
10:27 AM
Who Cares
Artist : Skip Wilkins
Album : I Concentrate On You
Label : Dreambox
10:34 AM
Emphemera
Artist : Jeremy Kahn
Album : Joy Road Sampler
Label : Notema
10:41 AM
Chant
Artist : Thad Jones
Album : Mean What You Say
Label : Milestone
10:50 AM
Funny Valentine
Artist : Annn Hampton Callaway
Album : After Ours
Label : Denon
10:56 AM
Pure Imagination
Artist : Bill Charlap
Album : All Through The Night
Label : Criss Cross
11:06 AM
You Leave Me Breathless
Artist : Bootsie Barnes
Album : You Leave Me Breathless
Label : French Riviera
11:15 AM
Theme For Ernie
Artist : Michael Pedicin
Album : Live At The Loft
Label : Live At The Jazz Hut
11:21 AM
Embraceable You
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Classic Jazz For Lovers
Label : Time-Life
11:30 AM
A Time For Love
Artist : Steve Rudolph-Ali Ryerson
Album : Soul Quest
Label : PA.CT
11:37 AM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : All Standards And One Blues
Label : Philology
11:45 AM
I Got It Bad
Artist : Duke Ellington-Louis Armstrong
Album : Complete Armstrong Ellington sessions
Label :
11:50 AM
Parisian Thoroughfare
Artist : Max Roach-Clifford Brown
Album : Alone Together
Label : Best Of The Mercury Years
11:57 AM
Pure Imagination
Artist : Bill Charlap
Album : All Though The Night
Label : Criss Cross
12:06 PM
Somewhere In The Night
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
12:14 PM
What A Difference A Day Made
Artist : George Mesterhazy-Paula Johns
Album : Well...We Did It
Label : Paula Johns
12:22 PM
Close Enough For Love
Artist : Mark Colby
Album : Reflections
Label : Origin
12:30 PM
This Is Always
Artist : King Pleasusre
Album : King Pleasure Sings-Annie Ross Sings
Label : Prestige
12:33 PM
Samba De Orpheu
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : The Defiitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
12:40 PM
After The Rain
Artist : Mike Le Donne
Album : John Coltrane Songbook
Label : High Note
12:48 PM
Love Letters
Artist : Joey De Francesco
Album : Wonderful, Wonderful
Label : High Note
12:55 PM
Two For The Road
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : For The Love Of You
Label : E1
1:02 PM
Groove yard
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Quadrant
Label : Pablo
1:09 PM
Strait Street
Artist : Eric Alexander
Album : Solid
Label : Milestone
1:17 PM
Star Eyes
Artist : Lorez Alexandria
Album : Star Eyes
Label : Muse
1:22 PM
Silver’s Serenade
Artist : Larry Coryell-Kenny Drew Jr
Album : Duality
Label : Random Act
1:28 PM
Time After Time
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Great Moments With Ernestine Anderson
Label : Concord
1:33 PM
Tangerine
Artist : Pete Souders
Album : Echoes Of Ortliebs
Label : Pete Souders
1:38 PM
Joy Spring
Artist : Jens Wendelboe
Album : Fresh Heat
Label : Rosa
1:46 PM
Here, There And Everywhere
Artist : George Benson
Album : Tenderly
Label : Warner Brothers
1:51 PM
Dewey Square
Artist : George Rabbai
Album : Muted Bebop
Label : Dreambox
1:55 PM
Central Park West
Artist : Woody Herman
Album : Best of the Concord Years
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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