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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January 09, 2013

6:06 PM
A Foggy Day
Artist : Bill Charlap
Album : Gershwin-The American Soul
Label : Blue Note
6:15 PM
So In Love
Artist : Harold Land &Kenny Dorham
Album : Eastward Ho !-Harold Land In New York
Label : Jazzland
6:23 PM
Sophisticated Llady
Artist : Rosemary Clooney w./ Duke Eellington Orch.
Album : Blue Rose
Label : Columbia
6:26 PM
Mood Indigo
Artist : Charlie Byrd Trio w./ Scott Hamilton
Album : It's A Wonderful World
Label : Concord
6:32 PM
Al The Things You Are
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Another Day
Label : MPS/BASF
6:38 PM
Lou’s Blues
Artist : Lou Donaldson
Album : Wailing With Lou
Label : Blue Note
6:46 PM
Jersey Bounce
Artist : Bucky & John Pizzarelli
Album : Contrasts
Label : Arbors Jazz
6:53 PM
I’ll Close My Eyes
Artist : Blue Mitchell
Album : Blue's Moods
Label : Riverside
7:02 PM
Everything Happens To Me
Artist : Rick Margitza
Album : This Is New
Label : Blue Note
7:07 PM
Something To Live For
Artist : Betty Roche
Album : Take The "A" Train
Label : Bethlehem
7:12 PM
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
Artist : Bill Evans Trio
Album : The Complete Bill Evans On Verve
Label : Verve
7:18 PM
A Little Taste
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : Presenting "Cannonball" Adderley
Label : Savoy
7:26 PM
All My Tomorrows
Artist : Pete Smyser & Larry McKena
Album : Pete Smyser & Larry McKenna
Label : Cap Records
7:29 PM
Artist : Sstan Kenton
Album : The World We Know
Label : Capitol
7:32 PM
I Fall In Love Too Easily
Artist : Herbie Hancock w./ Wynton Marsalis
Album : Herbie Hancock Quartet
Label : Columbia
7:41 PM
Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Sea Changes
Label : Evidence Records
7:47 PM
The Elder
Artist : Al Grey
Album : The Last Of The Big Plungers (vinyl)
Label : Argo
7:54 PM
All Too Soon
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Fitzgerald And Pass Again
Label : Pablo
8:01 PM
No More Blues
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : On The French Riviera
Label : Phillips
8:12 PM
Soul Eyes
Artist : Steve Kuhn Trio
Album : Years Later
Label : Concord
8:20 PM
I Want To Be Loved
Artist : Coleman Hawkins
Album : Coleman Hawkins w./ The Red Garland Trio
Label : Swingsville
8:27 PM
I’m Old Fashioned
Artist : George Cotsirilos
Album : On The Rebop
Label : OA2 Records
8:34 PM
That’s All
Artist : Nat Cole
Album :
Label : Capitol
8:41 PM
It’s Alright With Me
Artist : Dominick Farinacci
Album : Dawn Of Goodbye
Label : E One Records
8:48 PM
Nothin’ But The Truth
Artist : Teddy Edwards
Album : Nothin' But The Truth
Label : Pretige
8:53 PM
All Through The Night
Artist : Russell Malone
Album : Black Butterfly
Label : Columbia


10:05 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

The New York Philharmonic: A Jazz Flavor, June 23 At 4 PM

Wynton Marsalis

All of the works in this Sunday's New York Philharmonic broadcast have a jazz connection. Igor Stravinsky's 1918 Ragtime for 11 Instruments draws its inspiration from popular music of the time, including jazz. Aaron Copland's jazz-steeped Clarinet Concerto dates from 30 years later, a commission from Benny Goodman. Wynton Marsalis has describe his "Swing Symphony" as a symphonic meditation on the evolution of swing, and prominently features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with the Philharmonic.  Alan Gilbert and Case Scaglione

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Diamond Sessions
11:11 am
Thu June 6, 2013

The Karrin Allyson & Bill McGlaughlin "Diamond Session" On WRTI: Sunday, June 9th At 4 PM

WRTI jazz host Bob Perkins with Karrin Allyson and Bill McGlaughlin in the WRTI performance studio, April 14, 2013.

Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist and pianist Karrin Allyson and radio personality Bill McGlaughlin (who is also a musician, conductor, and composer!) visited the WRTI performance studio in April and treated a few lucky guests to an amazing show. It was a fantastic afternoon in celebration of WRTI's 60th Anniversary! Join us to hear a broadcast of the session on Sunday, June 9th at 4 pm.

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A Three-Hour Tribute!
1:25 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

A Duke Ellington Birthday Bash On WRTI

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington

We're throwing an Ellington Birthday Bash on Monday, April 29th from 7 to 10 pm to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of The Duke! There will be special Spring Member Drive thank-you gifts that will only be available during this three-hour period, and Duke’s music will be heard the entire time. We can’t think of a better way to cap off Jazz Appreciation Month! Join us!

WRTI Spotlight
11:57 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Brazilian Jazz Duo MINAS on Voices in Jazz

Tune in on Sunday, April 21st at 5 pm on our HD-2 channel when the popular Brazilian vocal duo MINAS stops by the station. Orlando Haddad and Patricia King will fill you in about their current project to complete a fabulous CD that they started work on in 2004 when they had teamed up with arranger and orchestrator, Bill Zaccagni to present “Symphony in Bossa,” a music program enhanced by Bill’s arrangements written specifically for MINAS - featuring original compositions and traditional Brazilian repertoire. "Symphony in Bossa" was halted due to Bill's sudden, tragic passing.

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Berks Fest Live Remote Broadcasts
1:12 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

WRTI At The 23rd Annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest In Reading

The Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest 2013 runs from April 5th to 14th in Reading.

WRTI continues a long-standing relationship with the Berks Jazz Fest, which runs from April 5th through the 14th in Reading, PA. Jeff Duperon will broadcast live from the Berks on BOTH Friday and Saturday nights of the Festival, and Bob Perkins will bring you some "GM" in the AM from Reading on Sunday, April 7th.

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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.

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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