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

March 17, 2013

9:06 AM
If I Should Lose You
Artist : Scott Hamilton-Harry Allen
Album : Heavy Juice
Label : Concord
9:07 AM
Shiny Sockings
Artist : Barney Kessel
Album : Jely Beans
Label : Concord
9:13 AM
Straight Street
Artist : Don Friedman
Album : Strait Ahead
Label : No Coast
9:18 AM
The Waters Of March
Artist : Mark Murphy
Album : Stolen And Other Moments
Label : 32 Jazz
9:22 AM
Midnight Sun
Artist : Lou Donaldson
Album : Midnight Sun
Label : Blue Note
9:26 AM
How Deep Is The Ocean
Artist : Curtis Counce
Album : Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce
Label : Contemporary
9:29 AM
As Long As There’s Music
Artist : Cedar Walton
Album : As Long As There's Music
Label : Muse
9:42 AM
What’s New
Artist : Teri Thornton
Album : Devil May Care
Label : Riverside
9:46 AM
I Remember Clifford
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Best Of Lee Morgan
Label : Blue Note
9:53 AM
Naima
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : Six By Six
Label : Moon Cycle
10:01 AM
Laura
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Fourmost Return
Label : Milestone
10:13 AM
Medley
Artist : Billy Eckstine
Album : Compact Jazz
Label : mercury
10:25 AM
C.C. Rider
Artist : Yusef Lateef
Album : Live At Pep's
Label : GRP
10:31 AM
Lazy Bird
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Blue Train
Label : Blue Note
10:39 AM
My Romance
Artist : O.C. Smith
Album : Dynamic O.C. Smith
Label : Columbia
10:45 AM
So In Love
Artist : Bob Devos
Album : Playing For Keeps
Label : Savant
10:52 AM
Warren Vache
Artist : Max Roach
Album : Isfanhan
Label : My Shining Hour
11:02 AM
Lover
Artist : Max Roach
Album : Jazz In Three Quarter Time
Label : EMARCY
11:07 AM
Medley
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Ella In Budapest
Label : Nagel Heyer
11:14 AM
Love letters
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Wonderful, Wonderful
Label : High Note
11:21 AM
Suddenly
Artist : Keystone Quartet
Album : A Love Story
Label : 32 Jazz
11:25 AM
Theme To Grace
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
11:32 AM
Yesterdays
Artist : Shawwn Monteiro
Album : To Carmen With Love
Label : Whaling City
11:38 AM
The Meaning Of The Blues
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : Standards In Silhoutette
Label : Capitol
11:44 AM
Sunny
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : The Spoiler
Label : Blue Note
11:53 AM
Squeeze Me,. Don’t Tease Me
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Duke's Big Four
Label : Pablo
12:06 PM
On A misty Night
Artist : Gene Ludwig
Album : Soul Serenade
Label : Loose Leaf
12:12 PM
Dancing On The Ceiling
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : Six By Six
Label : MoonCycle
12:27 PM
Twof For The Road
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : For The Love Of You
Label : E 1
12:22 AM
There Will Never Be Another You
Artist : Warren Vache
Album : My Shining Hour
Label : Nagel Heyer
11:27 AM
How Little We Know
Artist : Jackie Ryan
Album : Listen Here
Label : Open Art
12:38 AM
Equinox
Artist : Frank Morgan
Album : John Coltrane Songbook
Label : High Note
12:50 PM
Dreamy
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Ballads
Label : Roulette
12:53 PM
Blue For Yna Yna
Artist : Gerald Wilson
Album : Complete Gerald Wilson Recordings On Pacific Jazz
Label : Mosaic

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At The PMA On Friday Night
6:32 am
Thu September 12, 2013

WRTI & Terell Stafford at Art After 5 = Fun!

Terell Stafford is "one of the great trumpet players of our time" - (McCoy Tyner). Terell is director of jazz studies at Temple University and has a busy touring calendar.

Join Jeff Duperon this Friday evening, September 13 at 6 pm as he presents his program live from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  The museum’s Art After 5 series is beginning a new season, and Temple University's own Terell Stafford has the honor of kicking it off.  Stafford will perform with The Philly New York Junction, which features Tony Miceli on vibes and Chris Farr on saxophone.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
7:04 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died

Marian McPartland.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 4:23 pm

Marian McPartland, who gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music — jazz improvisation — died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 95.

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2013 Newport Jazz Festival LIVE!
12:35 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Newport Jazz Festival LIVE Webcast: Right Here On WRTI.ORG, August 3 and 4

Can't make it to Rhode Island for this year's Newport Jazz Festival? No worries...just visit us online at WRTI.org for LIVE webcasts starting on Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th.

Click here for Live Webcasts!

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Live Webcasts on August 3 and 4
1:36 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

5 To Watch: Newport Jazz Festival Debuts

Dee Alexander is among the artists leading a band for the first time at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Courtesy of the artist

Major jazz gatherings such as the Newport Jazz Festival — which dates back to 1954 — have always relied on big names to attract visitors. The 2013 edition is no different, with headliners such as Wayne Shorter (with Herbie Hancock), Marcus Miller, Chick Corea, Eddie Palmieri and Esperanza Spalding.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:48 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

'The Edenfred Files': Darryl Harper's Blues-Infused Jazz

Clarinetist Darryl Harper discovered jazz as a teenager in Philadelphia.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:41 pm

In jazz, the clarinet went into eclipse for awhile, drowned out by louder trumpets and saxes. The instrument has long since made a comeback, and the modern clarinet thrives in settings where it doesn't have to shout to be heard.

Take "Spindleshanks," a little out-of-sync boogie-woogie for Darryl Harper's clarinet and Kevin Harris' piano. It's from Harper's The Edenfred Files. In his long-running Onus Trio, the spare unit Darryl Harper features on most of his new album, he can sing softly as an owl in the night.

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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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