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 17, 2013

6:06 PM
Memories Of You
Artist : Sam Most
Album : Organic Flute
Label :
6:12 PM
Star Eyes
Artist : Larry Coryell
Album : Monk, Trane , Miles And Me
Label : High Note
6:22 PM
Love Man
Artist : George Cables-Art Pepper
Album : Goin' Home
Label : Galazy
6:26 PM
As Time Goes By
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Manhattan Symphonie
Label : Blue Note
6:42 PM
Funny Valentine
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Duke Ellington Presents
Label : Bethlehem
6:47 PM
Bossa Nova Du Marilla
Artist : Monty Alexander-Milt Jackson
Album : Soul Fusion
Label : Pablo
6:54 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Mundel Lowe
Album : Guitar Moods
Label : Riverside
7:01 PM
Joy Spring
Artist : Jens Wendelboe
Album : Fresh Heat
Label : Rosa
7:07 PM
I Concentrate On You
Artist : Skip Wilkins
Album : I concentrate On You
Label : Skip Wilkins
7:15 PM
Folks Who Live On The Hill
Artist : Gloria Lynne
Album : Best of Gloria Lynne
Label : Collectables
7:20 PM
Indian Summer
Artist : Lee Konitz
Album : Saxophone Dreams
Label : Koch
7:25 PM
Early Autumn
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : Ballad Stuyle Of Stan Kenton
Label : Capitol
7:31 PM
Equinox
Artist : Houston Person
Album : A Little Houston On The Side
Label : 32 Jazz
7:38 PM
Angel Eyes
Artist : Jesse Belvin
Album : Mr. Easy
Label : RCA
7:43 PM
Night And Day
Artist : Gene Ludwig
Album : Love Notes Of Cole Porter
Label : Big 0
7:49 PM
Laura
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Duke Ellington Presents
Label : Bethlehem
7:53 PM
Yesterdays
Artist : Sam Most
Album : Organic Flute
Label : Sam Most
8:01 PM
Embraceable You
Artist : Don Patterson
Album : Just Friends
Label : Prestige
8:11 PM
Mood Indigo
Artist : Clark Terry-Matropole Orchestra
Album : Clark Terry-Metropole Orchestra
Label : mONS
8:19 PM
Tenderly
Artist : Vanessa Rubin
Album : Soul Eyes
Label : Denon
8:28 PM
The Song Is You
Artist : James Moody
Album : Young At Heart
Label : Warner Brothers
8:35 PM
All Blues
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : The Legacy
Label : Enja
8:44 PM
The Duke
Artist : Joe Magnarrelli
Album : My Old Flame
Label : Give A Go
8:51 PM
Lullaby Of Birdland
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Sarah Vaughan
Label : Verve
8:55 PM
Satin Doll
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Lostus Blossom
Label : Concord

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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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