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 23, 2012

10:00 AM
I Remember Clifford
Artist : Donald Vega
Album : Spiritual Nature
Label : Resonance
10:08 AM
Artist : Warren Vache
Album : Talk To Me Baby
Label : Muse
10:15 AM
Artist : Benny Carter
Album : Benny Carter With The Oscar Peterson Trio
Label : Past Perfect
10:20 AM
Have Yourself A Merry Little Chistmas
Artist : Vanessa Rubin
Album : A Merry Christmas
Label : RCA
10:24 AM
Santa Baby
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Chistmas With Houston Person
Label : Muse
10:30 AM
In My Solitude
Artist : Coleman Gakins-Duke Ellington
Album : Standards On Impulse
Label : Impulse
10:38 AM
Artist : Shelly Manne
Album : Standards On Impulse
Label : Impulse
10:43 AM
Artist : Statesmen Of Jazz
Album : Statesmen Of Jazz
Label : Arbors
10:50 AM
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Scott Hamilton With Srings
Label : Concord
10:57 AM
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Artist : Marian McPartland
Album : An NPR Christmas With Marian McPartland
Label : NPR
11:02 AM
What A Difference The Day Makes
Artist : Paula Johns-George Mesterhazy
Album : Well, We Did It
Label : Paula Johns
11:07 AM
Chelsea Bridge
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Tokyo Recital
Label : Pablo
11:16 AM
Theme For Ernie
Artist : Michael Pedicin
Album : Live At The Loft
Label : Jazz Hut
11:22 AM
Little Sunflower
Artist : Rebeca Parris
Album : A Passionat Fling
Label : Shira
11:30 AM
Let It Snow
Artist : David Leonhardt
Album : I'll Be Home For Christmas
Label : Bib Bang
11:40 AM
Christmas Time Is Here
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Charlie Brown Holiday Hits
Label : Fantasy
11:48 AM
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : A Stan Kenton Christmas
Label : Capitol
11:51 AM
Christmas Is Being With You
Artist : Larry McKenna
Album : Christmas Is Being With You
Label : Larry McKenna
12:06 PM
Up Jumped Spring
Artist : Jazz Messengers
Album : Three Blind Mice
Label : Blue Note
12:11 PM
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Rogers and Hart Songbook
Label : Concord
12:17 PM
The Girl Next Door
Artist : Joe Negri
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Noteworthy
12:22 PM
I’m Beginning To See The Light
Artist : John Brown
Album : Dancing With Duke
Label : John Brown Blvd
12:30 PM
We Three Kings
Artist : Mark Kramer
Album : Jazz Greetings
Label : Dreambox
12:36 PM
Christmas Time Is Here
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Charle Brown Holiday Hits
Label : Fantasy
12:39 PM
Easy To Love
Artist : Don Paterson-Sonny Stitt
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Prestige
12:45 PM
It Was So Good While It Lasted
Artist : Nat Cole
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
12:49 PM
Two For The Road
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : For The Love Of You
Label : E 1
12:54 PM
Artist : Dave McKenna
Album : Christmas Ivory
Label : Concord
1:01 PM
So What
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
1:10 PM
Artist : Chuck Redd
Album : Common Thread
Label : Arbors
1:19 PM
The Look Of Love
Artist : Morgana King
Album : Gemeni Changes
Label : Reprise
1:23 PM
Artist : Frank Morgan
Album : John Coltrane Songbook
Label : High Note
1:32 PM
Christmas Waltz
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : An Oscar Peterson Christmas
Label : Telarc
1:39 PM
Jingle Bells
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Have yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Label : Verve
1:42 PM
I’ve Got My Love To keep Me Warm
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Have Uouself A Merry Little Christmas
Label : Verve
1:46 PM
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Best Of Horace Silver
Label : Blue Note
1:55 PM
BP With The GM
Artist : Eddie Morgan
Album : BP With The Gm
Label : Eddie Morgan


Bob Perkins Broadcasts from Wiggins Park
12:48 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

BP: On the Road Again!

Bob Perkins

Join Bob Perkins as he broadcasts live from the Wiggins Park Sunset Jazz Series in Camden, NJ on Monday, August 5th at 6 pm.  BP will bring you the usual GM from his regular summer post, right next to the big stage at Wiggins Park as the crowd awaits the night’s headliner, pianist Danilo Perez, who takes the stage at 8 pm.  Expect to hear BP speak to the folks responsible for keeping this series alive for 22 years, and, if we’re lucky, the man himself, Danilo Perez.

BP Live From Wiggins Park
12:29 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Bob Perkins Hits the Road!

BP with the GM

Join Bob Perkins as he broadcasts live from the the Wiggins Park Sunset Jazz Series in Camden, NJ on Monday, July 15th at 6 pm.  BP will bring you the usual GM from his regular summer post, right next to the big stage at Wiggins Park as the crowd awaits the night’s headliner, Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes. 

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Latest from ICON
11:57 am
Fri July 5, 2013

ICON Suggests: Eliane Elias, I Thought About You (A Tribute To Chet Baker)

Eliane Elias

A one-of-a-kind pianist and performer, you never know what Eliane Elias will do next. The Brazilian native is an indefatigable interpreter of song, effortlessly shifting between styles and moods. In concert, she has a story behind every tune and infuses her playing with a party-like groove, yet she remains a consummate musician with a deep, soulful vibe that she always brings to the material.

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Latest from ICON
12:22 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

The Artistic Evolution of The Legendary Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett has been at this for a while. But he is still as enthusiastic—or maybe even more enthusiastic—about jazz, jazz musicians and singing than when I first met him in 1970. I was but a wee lad back then, playing drums in Philadelphia with sax great Charlie Ventura. One evening, the great jazz pianist—John Bunch—newly-appointed Musical Director for Tony Bennett and former Ventura cohort in the Gene Krupa jazz quartet, walked in after his Bennett gig and wanted to sit in. I’ll never forget it.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
1:12 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

'My Ellington': A Pianist Gives Duke Her Personal Touch

Duke Ellington (1899-1974) at the piano at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon, during a British tour on Feb. 10, 1963.
John Pratt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 4:50 pm

At the keys, Duke Ellington abstracted from stride piano, which modernized ragtime. Ellington's own spare percussive style then refracted through Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor, as well as a generation of freewheeling pianists active in Europe, like Aki Takase. Her new solo piano album is My Ellington, on which she plays some stride bass herself, as in "In a Mellow Tone."

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10:05 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

The New York Philharmonic: A Jazz Flavor, June 23 At 4 PM

Wynton Marsalis

All of the works in this Sunday's New York Philharmonic broadcast have a jazz connection. Igor Stravinsky's 1918 Ragtime for 11 Instruments draws its inspiration from popular music of the time, including jazz. Aaron Copland's jazz-steeped Clarinet Concerto dates from 30 years later, a commission from Benny Goodman. Wynton Marsalis has describe his "Swing Symphony" as a symphonic meditation on the evolution of swing, and prominently features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with the Philharmonic.  Alan Gilbert and Case Scaglione

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Diamond Sessions
11:11 am
Thu June 6, 2013

The Karrin Allyson & Bill McGlaughlin "Diamond Session" On WRTI: Sunday, June 9th At 4 PM

WRTI jazz host Bob Perkins with Karrin Allyson and Bill McGlaughlin in the WRTI performance studio, April 14, 2013.

Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist and pianist Karrin Allyson and radio personality Bill McGlaughlin (who is also a musician, conductor, and composer!) visited the WRTI performance studio in April and treated a few lucky guests to an amazing show. It was a fantastic afternoon in celebration of WRTI's 60th Anniversary! Join us to hear a broadcast of the session on Sunday, June 9th at 4 pm.

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A Three-Hour Tribute!
1:25 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

A Duke Ellington Birthday Bash On WRTI

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington

We're throwing an Ellington Birthday Bash on Monday, April 29th from 7 to 10 pm to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of The Duke! There will be special Spring Member Drive thank-you gifts that will only be available during this three-hour period, and Duke’s music will be heard the entire time. We can’t think of a better way to cap off Jazz Appreciation Month! Join us!

WRTI Spotlight
11:57 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Brazilian Jazz Duo MINAS on Voices in Jazz

Tune in on Sunday, April 21st at 5 pm on our HD-2 channel when the popular Brazilian vocal duo MINAS stops by the station. Orlando Haddad and Patricia King will fill you in about their current project to complete a fabulous CD that they started work on in 2004 when they had teamed up with arranger and orchestrator, Bill Zaccagni to present “Symphony in Bossa,” a music program enhanced by Bill’s arrangements written specifically for MINAS - featuring original compositions and traditional Brazilian repertoire. "Symphony in Bossa" was halted due to Bill's sudden, tragic passing.

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Berks Fest Live Remote Broadcasts
1:12 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

WRTI At The 23rd Annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest In Reading

The Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest 2013 runs from April 5th to 14th in Reading.

WRTI continues a long-standing relationship with the Berks Jazz Fest, which runs from April 5th through the 14th in Reading, PA. Jeff Duperon will broadcast live from the Berks on BOTH Friday and Saturday nights of the Festival, and Bob Perkins will bring you some "GM" in the AM from Reading on Sunday, April 7th.

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