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

July 03, 2013

6:06 PM
Darn That Dream
Artist : Billy Taylor-Gerry Mulligan
Album : Live At MCG
Label : MCG
6:12 PM
How Insensitive
Artist : Leroy Vinnegar
Album : Walkin' The Basses
Label : Contemporary
6:18 PM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Frank Morgan
Album : Love, Lost And Found
Label : Telarc
6:25 PM
Dream Dancing
Artist : Larry McKenna
Album : Profile
Label : Dreambox
6:33 PM
My Romance
Artist : O.C. Smith
Album : The Dynamic O.C. Smith
Label : Columbia
6:37 PM
Canadian Sunset
Artist : Illinois Jacquet-Kenny Burrell
Album : Desert Sands
Label : Argo
6:45 PM
Emraceable You
Artist : Johnny Smith
Album : Sound Of The Johnny Smith Guitar
Label : Koch
6:49 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Lew Tabachin-Metropole Orchestra
Album : Pyramid
Label : Koch
6:56 PM
Come On Home
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Horace Silver Quintet
Label : Blue Note
7:05 PM
I’ll Never Smile Again
Artist : Frank Sinatra-Tommy Dorsey
Album : Love Songs
Label : RCA
7:08 PM
Moonglow
Artist : Artie Shaw
Album : In The Mood
Label : RCA
7:11 PM
He’s Funny That Way
Artist : Coleman Hawkins
Album : In The Mood
Label : RCA
7:18 PM
If I Should Lose You
Artist : Harry Allen-Scott Hamilton
Album : Heavy Juice
Label : Concord
7:25 PM
Social Call
Artist : Donald Byrd-Gigi Gryce
Album : Donald Byrd-Giggi Gryce Jazz Lab
Label : Collectables
7:32 PM
I Don’t Want To Walk Without You Baby
Artist : Harry James
Album : Best Of The big Bands
Label : Columbai
7:36 PM
I Had The Craziest Dream
Artist : Harry James
Album : Best Of Big Bands
Label : Columbia
7:39 PM
Gal In Calico
Artist : Glenn Miller
Album : Kings Of Swing
Label : Laserlight
7:43 PM
Once I Loved
Artist : Milt Jackson-Monty Alexander
Album : Soul Fusion
Label : Pablo
7:51 PM
Pennies From Heaven
Artist : Zoot Sims
Album : Zoot Sims With Joe Castro Trio
Label : Pablo
8:00 PM
Cherokee
Artist : Charlie Barnet
Album : Big Bands Vol 1
Label : MCPS
8:05 PM
Begine The Bequine
Artist : Artie Shaw
Album : Big Band Sound Vol 1
Label : MCPS
8:08 PM
There I’ve Said It Again
Artist : Vaughn Monroe
Album : Hit Parade 1945
Label : Time-Life
8:14 PM
Tenderly
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Lionel Hampton
Album : Jazz Masters 26
Label : Verve
8:23 PM
Here’s To Life
Artist : Shirley Horn
Album : Here's To Life
Label : Verve
8:35 PM
Sentimental Journey
Artist : Les Brown
Album : Hit Parade 1945
Label : Time-Life
8:38 PM
Oh,ohnny
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Hit Parade 1945
Label : Time-Life
8:45 PM
Green Dolphin Street
Artist : Four Gerations of Miles
Album : Four Generations of Miles
Label : Cheskly
8:51 PM
This Love Of Mine
Artist : Frank Sinatra-Tommy Dorsey
Album : Big Band Collection
Label : RCA
8:56 PM
Moonlight Serenade
Artist : Glenn Miller
Album : Moonlight Serenade
Label : RCA

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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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