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

December 01, 2013

9:06 AM
Django
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
9:13 AM
Nuages
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Stephane Grappelli
Album : Skol
Label : Pablo
9:20 AM
That Sunday That Summer
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Coll Ladies Of Jazz
Label : ?
9:24 AM
Naima
Artist : Hendrik Meurkens
Album : View From Manhattan
Label : Concord
9:36 AM
I Want To Be Happy
Artist : Stan Getz-Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson-Stan Getz
Label : Verve
9:43 AM
Shadow Of Your Smile
Artist : Eddie Harris
Album : Bet Of Eddie Harris
Label : Atlantic
9:49 AM
I Remember Clifford
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : European Tour
Label : Label M
9:54 AM
Everything Must Change
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : By Request--Best Of Karrin Allyson
Label : Concord
10:02 AM
Lady Bird
Artist : Jon Meyer
Album : The Classics
Label : Reservoir
10:09 AM
Angel Eyes
Artist : Hank Crawford
Album : High Heat Low Flame
Label : Atlantic
10:19 AM
Wendy
Artist : Brent Jensen
Album : The Sound Of A Dry Martini
Label : Origin
10:26 AM
Lost Mind
Artist : Mose Allison
Album : The Word From Mose
Label : Atlantic
10:31 AM
The Scene Is Clean
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Defintiive Clifford rown
Label : Verve
10:37 AM
I Can’t Get Started With You
Artist : Al Grey
Album : Truly Wonderful
Label : Stash
10:45 AM
Love Me Or Leave Me
Artist : Lena Horne
Album : Classic Lena Horne
Label : RCA
10:49 AM
Sweet And Lovely
Artist : Gerry Mulligan-Thelonious Monk
Album : Mulligan Meets Monk
Label : Riverside
10:57 PM
Jordu
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Birks Works
Label : Real Gone
11:02 PM
Here, There And Everywhere
Artist : George Benson
Album : Tenderly
Label : Warner Brothers
11:08 PM
Down Fuzz
Artist : Lem Winchester-Benny Golson
Album : Winchester Special
Label : Fantasy
9:00 AM
All Blues
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : The Legacy
Label : Enja
11:27 AM
The Bad And the Beautiful
Artist : Tony Bennett-Bill Evans
Album : Together Again
Label : Rhino
11:30 AM
They say Falling In Love Is Wonderful
Artist : Sonny Stitt-Don Patterson
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Prestige
11:37 AM
Fallen Feathers
Artist : Canonball Adderley
Album : Beginnings
Label : Emarcy
11:43 AM
At last
Artist : Loretta Holloway
Album : Quietly
Label : La voce
11:47 AM
Wave
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson In Russia
Label : Pablo
11:52 AM
I Hear A Rhapsody
Artist : Zoot Sims
Album : The Innocent Years
Label : Pablo
12:00 PM
So In Love
Artist : Bob DeVos
Album : Playing For Keeps
Label : Savant
12:06 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Dizzy Gillepie
Album : Afro
Label : Real Gone
12:11 PM
The Lamp Is Low
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
12:17 PM
A Beautiful Friendship
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Montreaux 1975
Label : Pablo
12:25 PM
Sunny
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
12:31 PM
If I Had You
Artist : Stephane Grappelli-Oscar Peterson
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Gitanes
12:40 PM
Out Of Nowhere
Artist : Larry McKenna
Album : Profile
Label : Dreambox
12:45 PM
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Artist : Billy Eckstine
Album : Everything I Have Is Yours
Label : Verve
12:49 PM
On A Clear Day
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Let it Go
Label : Impulse
12:56 PM
Miles Ahead
Artist : Miles Dvis
Album : Miles Ahead
Label : Columbia

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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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