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

April 16, 2013

6:06 PM
That Old Feeling
Artist : Pete Smyser-Larry McKenna
Album : Larry McKenna-Pete Smyser
Label : Cap
6:11 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Pete Jolly
Album : Yours Truly
Label : Quartet
6:19 PM
I Hear A Rhapsody
Artist : Jesse Davis
Album : High Standards
Label : Concord
6:25 PM
My Foolish Heart
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Jazz Moods
Label : Concord
6:34 PM
Close Enough For Love
Artist : Vanessa Rubin
Album : Vanessa Rubin Sings
Label : Novus
6:38 PM
Flamingo
Artist : Conti Condoli
Album : West Coast Wailers
Label : Collectables
6:47 PM
Body And Soul
Artist : Toot Thielemans-Bill Evans
Album : Affinity
Label : Warner Brothers
6:53 PM
All This And Heaven Too
Artist : Greta Matassa
Album : All This And Heaven Too
Label : Origin
7:01 PM
I’ll Get By As Long As I Have You
Artist : Coleman Hawkins
Album : Best Of Coleman Hawkins
Label : Prestige
7:12 PM
Out Of This World
Artist : Dan Fogel
Album : 15 West
Label : Laughing Waters
7:20 PM
For Heaven’s Sake
Artist : Kenny Barron-Charlie Hayden
Album : Night IN The City
Label : Verve
7:32 PM
The Lamp Is Low
Artist : Ella Gahnt
Album : By Request
Label : Inner Fire
7:39 PM
Straight Street
Artist : Eric Alexander
Album : Solid
Label : Milestone
7:47 PM
So What
Artist : The All Stars
Album : The All Stars PlayMiles Davis
Label : Milestone
7:54 PM
Gentle Rain
Artist : Tony Bennett
Album : Movie Song Album
Label : Columbia
7:58 PM
You Don’t Know What Love Is
Artist : Dominic Farinacci
Album : Dawn Of Goodbye
Label : E 1
8:06 PM
Naima
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : Six By Six
Label : Moon Cycle
8:12 PM
Some Day My Prince Will Come
Artist : Supersax And Singers Unlimited
Album : Super Sax And Voices Unlimited
Label : Columbia
8:25 PM
Just Friends
Artist : J.J. Johnson
Album : At The Village Vanguard
Label : Original Jazz Classics Smapler
8:32 PM
I Believe In You
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Broadway My Way
Label : Capitol
8:35 PM
Can’t Get Started With You
Artist : Al Grey
Album : Truly Wonderful
Label : Stash
8:44 PM
Candy
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : 12 Nights In Hollywood
Label : Verve
8:49 PM
The Peeper
Artist : Hank Crawford
Album : From The Heart
Label : Collectables
8:53 PM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Walk On
Label : Telarc

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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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Jazz Appreciation Month
11:24 am
Tue April 2, 2013

April Is Jazz Appreciation Month: Celebrate With WRTI!

Join WRTI through the month of April as we celebrate the art form that is our lifestyle...Jazz! During each jazz shift, WRTI hosts will feature music by an artist who has shaped jazz into the multi-faceted genre that it is today.  You'll hear the great vocalists, bandleaders, instrumentalists and composers, as well as the stories behind their jazz innovation.

You can expect to hear these featured artists at 7 pm, 10 pm, 1 am and 5 am each day. Also, keep an ear out for special jazz interviews and tidbits sprinkled throughout our regular programming.

Videos We Love!
2:02 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Julie London and Anat Cohen: Crying a River

Vocalist Julie London

We're honoring ladies of jazz this month on WRTI. Take a moment to listen to jazz vocalist Julie London sing "Cry Me A River." In case you didn't know, Julie was named Billboard's most popular female vocalist in 1955, 1956, and 1957, and was on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1957.  This video is from 1964.

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Women's History Month on WRTI
1:46 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

The Ladies of Jazz on WRTI

Sarah Vaughan

In recognition of National Women's History Month, WRTI is paying tribute to women in jazz throughout the month of March. Tune in to hear special features on the ladies of jazz, both past and present! Listen during the week as "BP with the GM" profiles a different female vocalist or instrumentalist at 8 pm Mondays through Thursdays, and at 12 noon on Sundays.

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Listen on February 24th, 9 AM
4:59 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Jazz Special on WRTI With a Philadelphia Museum of Art Connection!

In honor of Black History Month, WRTI presents a JazzSet from NPR Special: a live, recorded performance of jazz pianist Jason Moran's 'Live: Time On The Quilts Of Gee's Bend' Suite, that was commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art After 5 program, and had its world premiere there in 2008. The work is influenced by the quilts and quilters of Gee's Bend, Alabama.

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On Demand!
3:31 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Listen: SFJAZZ Center Opening Night Concert with Host Bill Cosby

We have your ticket to one of the hottest jazz events of the month. Hosted by Bill Cosby, it was in San Francisco and it was sold out!  But you can hear it recorded LIVE on demand right here.

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A Bob Perkins Special!
5:46 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Some More of BP’s Favorite Things on New Year's Eve

Join Bob Perkins from 6 to 9 pm as he brings you more of his jazz favorites...but without the seasonal flair. BP will kick off your New Year's Eve festivities with the music he enjoys the most, and the reasoning behind his fascination with certain artists and tunes. Whether he interviewed the artist, emceed a show, or shared a phone call with someone connected to the music, you can hear the story of why BP’s list looks and sounds the way that it does.


Celebrate the New Year by embracing stories from the past, and of course, by listening to the GM! 

The Dave Brubeck Legacy
8:14 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Bob Perkins on Dave Brubeck: The Interview

Bob Perkins recommends...Jazz Red Hot and Cool

Continuing our appreciation of Dave Brubeck, WRTI's own jazz legend Bob Perkins sits down with Kile Smith for a wide-ranging interview about the man, his music, and his legacy. "As Louis Armstrong would say, he was a cat..."

A Sad Day In Jazz
6:43 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

A Dave Brubeck Memorial By Bob Perkins

Dave Brubeck and Bob Perkins in 1983 - backstage at the Academy of Music where BP was the emcee for a jazz concert featuring Brubeck and his sons performing with the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Bob Perkins looks back on the life and career of Dave Brubeck.

WRTI mourns the loss of iconic jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who died on December 5th at age 91 - one day shy of his 92nd birthday. Watch this "Take Five" video from 1966 and remember a legend:

WRTI Spotlight
11:45 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Vocalist Mary Ellen Desmond Sings on BP's Show

Join me on Sunday, November 4th at 1 pm for a special twist to the afternoon program.  Vocalist Mary Ellen Desmond will be singing some jazz favorites recorded live, here at the WRTI performance studio.  You'll hear three different pianists accompanying her during this session: Lucas Brown, Bill Schilling and Tom Lawton.  Don't miss it!
 

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