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 11, 2012

10:00 AM
Two Degree East, Three Degrees West
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : First Place Again
Label : Collectables
10:07 AM
Dancing On The Ceiling
Artist : Dorothy Ashby
Album : The Jazz Harpist
Label : Jazz Heritage
10:16 AM
You’re my Everything
Artist : George Cables
Album : My Muse
Label : High Note
10:21 AM
Poor Butterfly
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Neve Make Your Move Too Soon
Label : Concord
10:26 AM
A Time For Love
Artist : Ali Ryerson-Steve Rudolph
Album : Soul Quest
Label : PA.CT
10:36 AM
Never Let Me Go
Artist : Bobby Hutcherson
Album : Color Schemes
Label : 32 Jazz
10:42 AM
The Odd Couple
Artist : Jay Ashby-Steve Davis
Album : Mistaken Identity
Label : MCG
10:50 AM
Time After Time
Artist : The Three Sounds
Album : Introducing The Three Sounds
Label : Blue Note
10:55 AM
The Comeback
Artist : Count Basie-Joe Williams
Album : Count Basie Swing, Joe Williams Sings
Label : Verve
11:02 AM
Like Someone In Love
Artist : Jazz Messengers
Album : Like Someon In Love
Label : Blue Note
11:11 AM
April In Paris
Artist : Thelonious Monk
Album : Monk
Label : Columbia
11:20 AM
Lazy Bird
Artist : Pat Martino
Album : East
Label : Prestige
11:37 AM
Stardust
Artist : Frank Rosolino
Album : Free For All
Label : Specialty
11:40 AM
Bluesette
Artist : Mary Louise Knutson
Album : In The Bubble
Label : Meridian
11:44 AM
Equinox
Artist : Frank Morgan
Album : John Coltrane Songbook
Label : High Note
11:54 AM
Easy Living
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Blue Gardenia
Label : Blue Gardenia
12:06 PM
The Lamp Is Low
Artist : Stanely Turrentine
Album : Let It Go
Label : GRP
12:13 PM
Isfahan
Artist : John Brown
Album : Dancing With Duke
Label : John Brown Blvd
12:19 PM
Cherokee
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : MJQ And Friends
Label : Atlantic
12:29 PM
Perhaps This Winter-time
Artist : Larry McKenna
Album : Profile
Label : Dreambox
12:36 PM
Straight Street
Artist : Eric Alexander
Album : Solid
Label : Milestone
12:43 PM
Love Letters
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Wonderful, Wonderful
Label : High Note
12:51 PM
Sittin’ On A Secret
Artist : Lee Smith
Album : Sittin' On A Secret
Label : Dreambox
12:56 PM
Moonlight In Vermont
Artist : Chuck Redd
Album : Common Thread
Label : Arbors
1:05 PM
Speak Low
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : The Art Of John Coltrane
Label : Blue Note
1:11 PM
’Round Midnight
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Twelve Nights In Hollywood
Label : Verve
1:16 PM
In The Still Of The Night
Artist : Stepahne Grappelli
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Gitanes
1:29 PM
Recado Bossa Nova
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : To Bags With Love
Label : Pablo
1:36 PM
Stardust
Artist : George Benson
Album : Tenderly
Label : Warner Bothers
1:44 PM
My Romance
Artist : McCoy Tyner
Album : New York Reunion
Label : Chesky
1:50 PM
So Many Stars
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Send In The Clowns
Label : Columbia
1:55 PM
Green Dolphin Street
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Mellow Mood
Label : MPS

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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!

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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

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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

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Eliane Elias

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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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