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

June 16, 2013

9:06 AM
Too Young To Go Steady
Artist : Fred Wackenhut w./ Larry McKenna
Album : This I Dig Of You
Label : Art Of Life Records
9:13 AM
Come Sunday
Artist : Pat Martino
Album : Timeless
Label : Savoy
9:23 AM
In Your Own Sweet Way
Artist : Dave Brubeck And His Sons
Album : In Their Own Sweet Way
Label : Telarc
9:31 AM
Sometimes I’m Happy
Artist : Freddy Cole
Album : This And That
Label : High Note
9:37 AM
Put On A Happy Face
Artist : Jay Hoggard
Album : Overview
Label : Muse
9:46 AM
Easy Living
Artist : Joshua Redman
Album : Walking Shadows
Label : Nonesuch Records
9:51 AM
All Blues
Artist : Ray Bryant Trio
Album : All Blues
Label : Pablo
10:02 AM
Girl Talk
Artist : Dave Siebels
Album : Dave Siebels w./ Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band
Label : N/A
10:08 AM
Make The Man Love Me
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : For Those In Love
Label : Emarcy
10:16 AM
Street Of Dreams
Artist : Wynton Marsalis w./ Ellis Marsalis
Album : Standard Time Vol 3/ Resolution Of Romance
Label : Columbia
10:20 AM
Sultry Serenade
Artist : Ellis & Delfeyo Marsalis
Album : The Marsalis Family..A Jazz Celebration
Label : Marsalis Music
10:27 AM
When The World Was Young
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Gitanes
10:33 AM
Look To The Sky
Artist : Trio Da Paz
Album : Somewhere
Label : Blue Toucan Music
10:41 AM
Wonder Why
Artist : The Jazztet
Album : Big City Sounds
Label : Argo
10:47 AM
Cheek To Cheek
Artist : New York Trio
Album : Always
Label : Venus
10:55 AM
For Once In My Life
Artist : Jimmy Scott
Album : Lost And Found
Label : Rhino Records
11:03 AM
Song For My Father
Artist : Horace SIlver
Album : Song For My Father
Label : Blue Note
11:11 AM
The Eighth Day
Artist : Phil Moore III & The Afro Latin Soultet
Album : Afro Brazil Oba
Label : Tower Records
11:14 AM
Don’t Misunderstand
Artist : Houston Person
Album : To Etta With Love
Label : High Note Records
11:18 AM
Emily
Artist : Warren Wolf
Album : Warren Wolf
Label : Mack Avenue Records
11:29 AM
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
Artist : Nat & Natalie Cole
Album : Still Unforgettable
Label : Atco Records
11:32 AM
I Remember You
Artist : The Jazz Professors
Album : Do That Again
Label : Flying Horse Records
11:37 AM
I Get Along Without You Very Well
Artist : Steve Rudolph Trio
Album : Daydream
Label : Pa-Ct Records
11:46 AM
Here Am I
Artist : Donald Byrd
Album : Byrd In Hand
Label : Blue Note
11:54 AM
Jeannine
Artist : Swingadelic
Album : The Other Duke
Label : Zoho Records
12:06 PM
I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Brown And Roach Incorporated
Label : Emarcy
12:13 PM
Moody’s Mood For Love
Artist : Annie Ross
Album : Annie Ross & Pony Poindexter
Label : BASF Records (vinyl)
12:21 PM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Bucky & John Pizzarelli
Album : Swinging Sevens
Label : Stash Records
12:24 PM
Moonlight In Vermont
Artist : Aaron Diehl
Album : The Bespoke Man's Narrative
Label : Mack Avenue
12:34 PM
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Artist : ’Papa’ John DeFrancesco
Album : A Philadelphia Story
Label : Savant Records
12:41 PM
On And On
Artist : Jeff Hamilton Trio
Album : Sparkle
Label : Capri Records
12:50 PM
Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid
Artist : Lester Young
Album : The Alladin Sessions
Label : Blue Note
12:56 PM
With The Wind And Rain In Your Hair
Artist : Tal Farlow
Album : Tal Farlowe '78
Label : Concord Jazz

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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!
 

CD Selections
5:56 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Bob Perkins Recommends...Charlie Parker with Strings: The Master Takes

Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie have been credited with changing the face of jazz in the mid 1940s. They kicked it up a notch, and ushered in an era known as "modern jazz" - which some dubbed "bebop."


Amazingly, Parker was only widely known for about a decade before he died in 1955 at the age of 34. He accomplished great fame while living a self-destructive lifestyle, which included frequent use of controlled substances and consumption of hard liquor. But despite living on the edge, his genius shined through.

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