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 02, 2012

10:06 AM
The Touch Of Your Lips
Artist : Eddie Daniels
Album : Mean What You Say
Label : IPO
10:06 AM
Star Dust
Artist : Frank Rosolino
Album : Free For All
Label : Specialty
10:11 AM
On A Misty Night
Artist : Shelley Carrol
Album : Gentle Friend
Label : Nicholson Entertainment
10:18 AM
The Good Life
Artist : Della Reese
Album : Moody
Label : ABC Paramount
10:22 AM
Far Wes
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Far Wes
Label : Pacific Jazz
10:30 AM
Laura
Artist : Bob Sneider-Joe Locke
Album : Nocturne For Ava
Label : Origin
10:34 AM
Early Autumn
Artist : Cleo Laine
Album : Jazz Divas Gold
Label : Verve
10:38 AM
I Can’ Get Started
Artist : Stephane Grappelli-Joe Pass-Neils Pederson
Album : At Tivoli Gardens
Label : Pablo
10:48 AM
Watch What Happens
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : I Remember Bird
Label : Collectables
10:56 AM
He’s My Guy
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Something Wonderful
Label : Capitol
11:00 AM
Star Eyes
Artist : Frank Morgan
Album : Yardbird Suite
Label : Contemporary
11:07 AM
Granada
Artist : Grant Green
Album : The Latin Bit
Label : Blue Note
11:15 AM
Until The Real Thing Comes Along
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
11:23 AM
If I Had You
Artist : George Mesterhazy-Joe Barratt
Album : Memories 0f You
Label : Barratt-Mesterhazy
11:31 AM
That Sunday, That Summer
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Cool Ladies Of Jazz
Label : ?
11:35 AM
Silver’s Serenade
Artist : Eddie Green
Album : This One's For You
Label : North Country
11:40 AM
C.C.Rider
Artist : J.J. Johnson
Album : Standards
Label : Antilles
11:49 AM
Tangerine
Artist : Al Grey-Buddy Tate
Album : Just Jazz
Label : Reservoir
11:55 AM
Funny Valentine
Artist : Morgana King
Album : Tender Moments
Label : 32 Jazz
12:06 PM
Alone Together
Artist : Bill Evans-Chet Baker
Album : Chet Baker-Bill Evans
Label : American Jazz Classics
12:13 PM
Nica’s Dream
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Mellow Mood
Label : Verve
12:20 PM
Serenade IN Blue
Artist : Mary Stallings
Album : I Waited For You
Label : Concord
12:28 PM
Alone Together
Artist : Skip Wilkins
Album : I Concentrate On You
Label : Dreambox
12:35 PM
Isfahan
Artist : Joe Henderson
Album : Lush Life
Label : Verve
12:42 PM
Here There And Everywhere
Artist : George Benson
Album : Tenderly
Label : Warner Brothers
12:48 PM
Cheesecake
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Go
Label : Blue Note
1:00 PM
Somewhere In The Night
Artist : Rob McConnell
Album : Thank You Ted
Label : Justin Time
1:08 PM
No Moon At All
Artist : Rasndy Sandke
Album : Cliffhanger
Label : Nagel-Heyer
1:18 PM
Tender Is The Night
Artist : Billy Eckstine
Album : 12 Great Movie Songs
Label : Mercury
1:21 PM
You Go To My Head
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Best Of Blue Note Years
Label : Blue Note
1:25 PM
The Odd Couple
Artist : Jay Ashby-Steve Davis
Album : Mistaken Identity
Label : MCG
1:32 PM
Lost April
Artist : Nat King Cole
Album : Nat King Cole 1947-1949
Label : Classics
1:35 PM
Topsy
Artist : AL Grey-Buddy Tate
Album : Just Jazz
Label : MPS
1:40 PM
Michelle
Artist : Singers Unlimted
Album : Magic Voices
Label : MPS
1:44 PM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Walk On
Label : Telarc
1:53 PM
Once In A While
Artist : Atan Kenton
Album : The Romantic Approach
Label : Capitol
1:56 PM
Satin Doll
Artist : Count Basie
Album : Warm Breeze
Label : Pablo

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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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