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

November 04, 2012

10:00 AM
Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : First Place Again
Label : Collectables
10:06 AM
Stardust
Artist : Frank Rosolino
Album : Free For All
Label : Specialty
10:22 AM
Sophisticted Lady
Artist : Frank Capp Quartet, featuring Woody Woodard
Album : Duke Ellington Songbook
Label : Concord
10:26 AM
I Only Have Eyes For You
Artist : Lena Horne
Album : Lovely And Alive
Label : RCA
10:35 AM
All Blues
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : The Legacy
Label : Enja
10:41 AM
Never Let Me Go
Artist : Bobby Hutcherson
Album : Color Schemes
Label : 32 Jazz
10:47 AM
O Grande Amor
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Getz For Lovers
Label : Verve
10:47 AM
Recado Bossa Nova
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Memorial Album
Label : Pablo
10:53 AM
Yesterdays
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Clifford Brown With Strings
Label : Mercury
11:01 AM
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
Artist : Cheryl Jewell
Album : My Blue Heaven
Label : Cheryl Jewell
11:04 AM
Giant Steps
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Some Of My Best Friends Are Piano Players
Label : Telarc
11:10 AM
Dancing In The Dark
Artist : Booker Ervin
Album : Structurally Sound
Label : Blue Note
11:16 AM
Nica’s Dream
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Mellow Mood
Label : Verve
11:25 AM
Lazy Bird
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Blue Train
Label : Blue Note
11:36 AM
Old Devil Moon
Artist : Pauline Bennick
Album : Pauline Bennick and Jersey Grown
Label : Pauline Bennick
11:48 AM
Green Dolphin Street
Artist : Red Garland
Album : Best Of The Red Garland Quintets
Label : Prestige
11:54 AM
Isfahan
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Great London Concerts
Label : Jazz Heritage
12:06 PM
Johnny Mandel Medley
Artist : Joe Negri
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Noteworthy
12:14 PM
All Blues
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : I Love being Here With You
Label : Concord
12:23 PM
Blues Everywhere
Artist : Al Grey-Jimmy Forrest
Album : Truly Wonderful
Label : Stach
12:31 PM
Bewitched
Artist : Nina Bundy
Album : Simply Natural
Label : Nina Bundy
12:37 PM
Petite Fleur
Artist : Joe Barrat-George Mesterhazy
Album : Barratt -Mesterhazy
Label :
12:44 PM
Tangier
Artist : Carol Robbins
Album : Jazz Play
Label : Jazz Cats
12:49 PM
Give Me A June Night
Artist : Gloria Lynne
Album : Gloria Lynne
Label : Sunset
12:53 PM
I Love You
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Lush Life
Label : Pretige
1:00 PM
Every Day
Artist : Count Basie-Joe Williams
Album : Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings
Label : Verve
1:06 PM
Birks Works
Artist : Arturo Sandoval
Album : Dear Diz
Label : Blue Note
1:14 PM
Once I Loved
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : Ballads
Label : Capitol
1:22 PM
Betcha By Golly Wow
Artist : Johnny Hartman
Album : Today
Label : Collectables
1:28 PM
Ciao, Ciao
Artist : Stanely Turrentine
Album : Triumphant SaX
Label : GRP
1:33 PM
Misterioso
Artist : J.J. Johnson
Album : Standards
Label : Antilles
1:41 PM
You’re blase
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : How Long Has This Been Gong On
Label : Pablo
1:48 PM
Yesterday
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Delightfulee
Label : Ble Note
1:53 PM
Soloar
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Chet Baker In New York
Label : Riverside
10:05 AM
chelsea Bridge
Artist : Buck Hill
Album : Capitol Hill
Label : Muse
10:12 AM
Someone To Watch Over Me
Artist : Stephane Grappelli
Album : Stephane Grappelli Love
Label : Justin Time
10:18 AM
Cherokee
Artist : Shelley Manne
Album : Standards On Impulse
Label : Impulse
10:22 AM
In A mellow Tone
Artist : Herb Ellis-Joe Pass
Album : Seven Come Eleven
Label : Concord
10:29 AM
Moonglow
Artist : Billy Holiday
Album : Original Great American Songbook
Label : Verve
10:34 AM
Love You Madly
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Duke's Big Four
Label : Pablo
10:42 AM
Invitation
Artist : Phil Woods
Album : An Affair To Remember
Label : Evidence
10:50 AM
If Love Is Good To Me
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Gentle Is My Love
Label : Capitol
11:17 AM
Bluesette
Artist : Toots Thielemans
Album : The Silver Collection
Label : Polydor
11:23 AM
Come Fly With Me
Artist : Monty Alexander
Album : Uplift
Label : Jazz Legacy
11:31 AM
Girl From Ipamema
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : The Artistry Of Stan Getz
Label : Verve
11:36 AM
Just Friends
Artist : J.J. Johnson
Album : Standards
Label : Antillies
11:46 AM
All Blues
Artist : Ray Bryant
Album : All Blues
Label : Pablo
11:54 AM
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Artist : Claude Williams
Album : Swingtime In New York
Label : Progressive
12:06 PM
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Best Of Jimmy Smith
Label : Blue Note
12:14 PM
Just Squeze Me
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Pure Desmond
Label : CTI
12:26 PM
Brazil
Artist : Grant Green
Album : The Latin Bit
Label : Blue Note
12:33 PM
The Good Life
Artist : Billy Eckstine
Album : Don't Worry 'Bout Me
Label : Merecury
12:36 PM
Senor Blues
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Best Of Horace Silver
Label : Liberty
12:43 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson's Finest Hour
Label : Verve
12:52 PM
Fathead
Artist : David Newman
Album : It's Mister Fathead
Label : 32 Jazz
1:00 PM
Medley of songs
Artist : Mary Ellen Desmond
Album : In concert
Label : ?

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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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