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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February 03, 2014

6:06 PM
Artist : Bill Mays Invention Trio
Album : Life's A Movie
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6:10 PM
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Artist : Ron Carter w/ Eric Dolphy & Mal Waldron
Album : Where?
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6:20 PM
It’s Only A Paper Moon
Artist : Lionel Hampton Quintet
Album : Lionel Hampton Quintet
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6:27 PM
Whee Baby
Artist : June Christy
Album : Something Cool
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6:32 PM
Someday My Prince Will Come
Artist : Ira Sullivan w/ the Jim Holman Trio
Album : Blue Skies
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6:40 PM
Peel Me A Grape
Artist : Rene Marie
Album : I Wanna Be Evil
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6:46 PM
Lotus Flower
Artist : Kenny Dorham
Album : Quiet Kenny
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6:52 PM
Cousin Maryy
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Giant Steps
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6:58 PM
Fascinating Rhythm
Artist : Vince Guaraldi Trio
Album : Vince Guaraldi Trio
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7:03 PM
Artist : Joshua Breakstone
Album : With the Wind and the Rain
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7:11 PM
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
Artist : Nat King Cole
Album : The World Of Nat King Cole
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7:16 PM
Deep Night
Artist : Sonny Clark
Album : Cool Struttin'
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7:25 PM
Unsquare Dance
Artist : Dave Brubeck Quartet
Album : Time Further Out
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7:27 PM
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Artist : Cecile McLorin Salvant
Album : Woman Child
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7:35 PM
Artist : Oscar Peterson w/ Stephane Grappelli
Album : Perfect Peterson
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7:44 PM
Artist : Charlie Parker
Album : Jazz Concert
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7:49 PM
Kinda Dukish/Rockin’ In Rhythm
Artist : Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
Album : In The Spirit Of Duke
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7:55 PM
Mr. Paganini
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Twelve Nights In Hollywood
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8:01 PM
All Day Long
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : At The Organ, Vol. 1
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8:12 PM
Major’s Minor
Artist : Stanley Turrentine w/ Shirley Scott
Album : Never Let Me Go
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8:20 PM
March On, March On
Artist : Oliver Nelson
Album : Screamin' The Blues
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8:25 PM
Step Lightly
Artist : Benny Golson
Album : New York Scene
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8:32 PM
My Ideal
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : The Best Of Chet Baker Sings
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8:39 PM
On Green Dolphin Street
Artist : Jimmy Amadie Trio
Album : Live At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art
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8:48 PM
Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand
Artist : Mose Allison
Album : Mose Allison Sings
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8:53 PM
Sunset and the Mockingbird
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Special Requests and Other Favorites
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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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CD Selections
12:06 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Bob Perkins Recommends: Joe Pass & J.J. Johnson, We’ll Be Together Again

Joe Pass & J.J. Johnson: We’ll Be Together Again

If you’re a lover of great jazz, then you know the real joy in taking time to relax and listen to a recording by a gifted performer.

But even better than that... how about listening to two gifted performers on the same recording date? Your finely-tuned ears will be in for a treat, should you choose to add the Joe Pass / J.J. Johnson CD We’ll Be Together Again to your music library.

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Music Features
7:39 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Who Is She? Just One Of The Most Popular Songs Ever

Astrud Gilberto performs "The Girl From Ipanema." Gilberto, the wife of Brazilian singer Joao Gilberto, had never sung professionally before recording the song.

Originally published on Sun July 8, 2012 5:57 pm

Amy Winehouse. Ella Fitzgerald. Sammy Davis Jr. The Yale Whiffenpoofs. Mike Tyson.

All of these artists — and non-artists — are members of a big club. They're among many who've crooned the second-most recorded pop song ever, according to a count by Performing Songwriter magazine.

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WRTI Spotlight
3:32 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Live Broadcast from Sunset Jazz Series with BP: June 25th at 6 pm

Bob Perkins, "BP with the GM"

Join us from 6 to 9 pm on Monday, June 25th as WRTI's Bob Perkins crosses the Delaware to bring you his program live from the Sunset Jazz Series at Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ

11:58 am
Thu May 31, 2012


What would happen if an inventive jazz record label decided to blend a great singer of standard-pop ballads with an outstanding jazz pianist? The two artists would be on their own--no other musicians--just the two of them, performing a number of time-honored classics.

Well, there was such an occurrence in June of 1975, at the Fantasy Recording Studios in Berkeley, California, when and where Tony Bennett and Bill Evans were recorded. A better result could not have been imagined.

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Kudos to BP
7:56 am
Sun April 15, 2012

Bob Perkins Does It Again!

Our "BP with the GM" will be honored with a Jazz Master Award by the Somers Point Jazz Society on Sunday, April 22nd. Take a drive down the shore and join the festivities - everyone's welcome! The award ceremony starts at 4:30 pm, and then The Joe Mancini Trio takes over at 6 pm. Details here.