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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December 19, 2012

6:06 PM
Stairway To The Stars
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
6:13 PM
Golden Earrings
Artist : Ray Bryant
Album : Golden Earrings
Label : Emarcy
6:22 PM
Artist : Nina Bundy
Album : Simply Natural
Label : Nina Bundy
6:26 PM
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : A Swinging Christmas
Label : Verve
6:31 PM
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Giant Steps
Label : Enja
6:36 PM
Chelsea Bridge
Artist : Gerry Mulligan- Ben Webster
Album : Ellington-Strayhorn Songbook
Label : Verve
6:47 PM
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Artist : Loren Shoenberg
Album : A Jazz Christmas
Label : Jazz Heritage
6:50 PM
Artist : Mark Kramer
Album : Jazz Greetings
Label : Dreambox
7:00 PM
That Old Feeling
Artist : Roy Haynes
Album : Love Letters
Label : Columbia
7:07 PM
Lucky So And So
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Ballad essentials
Label : Concord
7:13 PM
Date Dere
Artist : Bobby Timmons
Album : Best Of Bobby Timmons
Label : Riverside
7:20 PM
Santa Clause Is Coming To Town
Artist : Par Martino
Album : Yule Be Boppin'
Label : Riverside
7:25 PM
Christmas Time Is Here
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : A Charlie Brown Christmas
Label : Fantasy
7:29 PM
Love Letters
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Wonderful. Wonderful
Label : High Note
7:35 PM
Gianat Steps
Artist : Tyrone Brown
Album : Tyrone Brown String ensemble
Label : Dreambox
7:41 PM
Folks who Live On The Hill
Artist : Peggy Lee
Album : The Man I Love
Label : Capitol
7:45 PM
Joy To The World
Artist : Tim Warfield
Album : Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas
Label : Tim Warfield
7:51 PM
Oh Tannanbaum
Artist : Vanguard Jazz Sextet
Album : A Jazz Christmas
Label : Jazz Heritage
7:56 PM
Christmas Waltz
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : A Jazz Christmas
Label : Jazz Heritage
8:00 PM
Artist : Onaji Allan Gumbs
Album : Return To Form
Label : Half Note
8:06 PM
Indian Summer
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Send In The Clowns
Label : Pablo
8:09 PM
Stolen Moments
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : The Awakening
Label : Impulse
8:17 PM
Little B’s Poem
Artist : Eddie Henderson
Album : Inspiration
Label : Milestone
8:23 PM
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : The Spirit of Christmas
Label : Concord
8:28 PM
Lazy Bird
Artist : Alan Broadbent
Album : Better Days
Label : Discovery
8:32 PM
Artist : Art Farmer
Album : Something To Live For
Label : Contemporary
8:40 PM
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : A Swinging Christmas
Label : Verve
8:50 PM
Little Drummer Boy
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : The Spirit Of Christmas
Label : Concord
8:53 PM
So What
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Kind Of Blue
Label : Columbia


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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