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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December 08, 2013

9:06 AM
Getting Sentimental Over You
Artist : Eddie Daniels
Album : Mean What You Say
Label : IPO
9:12 AM
Artist : Stephane Grappelli
Album : Stephane Grappelli Plays Jermone Jern
Label : Just A Memory
9:18 AM
All The Things You
Artist : Art Tatum
Album : Jazz Giants Play Jerome Kern
Label : Prestige
9:26 AM
All In Love Is Fair
Artist : Cal Tjader-Carmen McRae
Album : Heat Wave
Label : Concord
9:31 AM
Poor Butterfly
Artist : Sonny Rollins
Album : Ballads
Label : Blue Note
9:41 AM
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Generation
Label : Prestige
9:49 AM
With hese Hands
Artist : Les McCann
Album : Much Les
Label : Collectables
9:54 AM
Easy To Love
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Jazz Giants Play Cole Porter
Label : Prestige
10:01 AM
Lover Man
Artist : Art Tatum-Buddy DeFranco
Album : Tatum Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
10:08 AM
Old Folks
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Never Make Your Move Too Soon
Label : Concord
10:17 AM
The Song Is You
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark
Label : Blue Note
10:25 AM
Artist : Ramsey Lewis-Lem Winchester
Album : Real Gone Jazz
Label : Real Gone
10:35 AM
Naked City Theme
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Naked City
Label : Argo
10:39 AM
I Love You
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Jazz Giants Play Cole Porter
Label : Prestige
10:46 AM
Who Can I Turn To
Artist : Arthur Prysock
Album : Best ,of Arthur Prysock
Label : Verve
10:49 AM
My Foolish Heart
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Red Top
Label : Past Perfect
10:53 AM
Theme To Grace
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
10:58 AM
We’ll Be Together Again
Artist : Mundel Lowe
Album : Guitar Moods
Label : Riverside
11:02 AM
All Blues
Artist : Ray Bryant
Album : All Blues
Label : Pablo
11:11 AM
Don’t Misunderstand
Artist : O.C. Smith
Album : Best Of O.C. Smith
Label : Taragon
11:15 AM
Sweet Georgia Brown
Artist : Raay Brown-Monty Alexander-Herb Ellis
Album : Brown-Alexasnder-Ellis
Label : Concord
11:20 AM
Don’t You Go Away Mad
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Naturally
Label : High Note
11:25 AM
Got You Under My Skin
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Jazz Giants Play Cole Porter
Label : Pretige
11:36 AM
Front And Center
Artist : Lee Smith
Album : Sittin' On A Secret
Label :
11:41 AM
Time After Time
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
11:47 AM
Spanish Scenery
Artist : Barney Kessel
Album : Workin' Oit
Label : Contemporary
11:53 AM
Just Friends
Artist : Supere Sax And L.A. Voices
Album : Super Sax And L.A.Voices
Label : Columbia
11:58 AM
Our Waltz
Artist : Mundel Lowe
Album : Guitar Moods
Label : Riverside
12:06 PM
Stoney Lonsesome
Artist : Hank Crawford
Album : From The heart
Label : Collectables
12:27 AM
Sweet 16
Artist : Dylan Taylor
Album : Sweeter For The Struggle
Label : Dylan Taylor
12:40 PM
Artist : Dakota Staton
Album : Late. Late Show
Label : Collectables
12:48 PM
Look For The Silver Lining
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Jazz Giants Play Jerome Kern
Label : Prestige
12:55 PM
Centrla Park West
Artist : Woody Herman
Album : Best Of Concord Years
Label : Concord


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.