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

August 25, 2013

9:06 AM
Lazy Afternoon
Artist : Wynton Marsalis
Album : Hot House Flowers
Label : Columbia
9:11 AM
End Of A Love Affair
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Lady Satin
Label : Columbia
9:15 AM
For Heaven’s Sake
Artist : Charlie Haden & Kenny Baron
Album : Night And The City
Label : Verve
9:29 AM
Days Of WIne And Roses
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : Moment To Moment
Label : Milestone
9:35 AM
They Say I’m The Biggest Fool
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Easy Walker
Label : Blue Note
9:45 AM
Southern Exposure
Artist : Kenny Burrell & Frank Wess
Album : Monday Stroll
Label : Savoy (vinyl)
9:52 AM
Bye Bye Blackbird
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Speciall Requests
Label : High Note
10:02 AM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : Art Farmer
Album : To Duke With Love
Label : Inner City (vinyl)
10:09 AM
Sunset And The Mockingbird
Artist : Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
Album : In The Spirit Of Duke
Label : Spartacus Records
10:16 AM
Dear Ruth
Artist : Cedar Walton
Album : Voices Deep Within
Label : High Note
10:23 AM
My Foolish Heart
Artist : The Timeless All-Stars
Album : It's Timeless
Label : Timeless Records
10:34 AM
Sundown
Artist : Wes Montggomery
Album : California Dreaming
Label : Verve
10:40 AM
When Your Lover Has Gone
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : The Genius Of Ray Charles
Label : Atlantic
10:45 AM
When I Fall In Love
Artist : Ben Webster
Album : The Soul Of Ben Webster
Label : Verve
10:50 AM
Black Orpheus (Manha De Carnival)
Artist : Regina Carter
Album : Paganini: After A Dream
Label : Verve
10:57 AM
Love You Madly
Artist : Marian McPartland & Shirley Horn
Album : Piano Jazz
Label : Concord
11:03 AM
Wave
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Paul Desmond
Label : CTI
11:10 AM
Setembro
Artist : Warren Wolf
Album : Wolfgang
Label : Mack Avenue
11:19 AM
Some Other Time
Artist : Ayako Shirasaki
Album : Some Other Time
Label : Jan Matthies Records
11:25 AM
Infant Eyes
Artist : Wayne Shorter
Album : Speak No Evil
Label : Blue Note
11:35 AM
Whisper Not
Artist : Dizzy Atmosphere
Album : Dizzy Atmosphere
Label : Specialty Records (vinyl)
11:40 AM
East Of The Sun
Artist : Christian McBride Trio
Album : Out Here
Label : Mack Avenue Records
11:49 AM
For All We Know/We Kiss In A Shadow
Artist : Gilad Edelman
Album : My Groove, Your Move
Label : Sharp Nine Records
11:56 AM
Cherokee
Artist : Shelly Manne & Coleman Hawkins
Album : 2-3-4
Label : Impulse
12:06 PM
One More Hamhock, Please
Artist : Les McCann W./ Bobby Hutcherson
Album : Jazz: The 60's Volume 1
Label : Pacific Jazz
12:12 PM
Grooveyard
Artist : Benny Green
Album : Naturally
Label : Telarc Jazz
12:20 PM
Beauteous
Artist : J.R. Monterose
Album : J.R.Monterose
Label : Blue Note
12:25 PM
Just When We’re Falling In Love (Robbins Nest)
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Label : Reprise Records
12:31 PM
What’s New
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Ballads
Label : Impulse
12:34 PM
Soul Eyes
Artist : John Mayer Trio
Album : The Usual Suspects
Label : Pullen Music
12:43 PM
One Fallen Tree
Artist : Joanna Pascal w./ Larry McKenna
Album : From All Sides
Label : Larry McKenna Music
12:49 PM
Buckeye Blues
Artist : Bill Hardman
Album : Saying Something
Label : Savoy (vinyl)

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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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