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 09, 2014

9:06 AM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : Peter Wenigerr
Album : Peter Weniger And The Metropole Orhestra
Label : Mons
9:13 AM
Artist : Onaje Allan Gumbs
Album : Return To Form
Label : Half Note
9:21 AM
Side Stepping
Artist : Larry McKenna
Album : Larry McKenna From All Sides
Label : Larry McKenna
9:26 AM
Look At That Face
Artist : Carmen McRea
Album : Woman Talk
Label : Fresh Sound
9:34 AM
The Nearness Of You
Artist : Sam Most
Album : Organic Flute
Label : Sam Most
9:41 AM
All The Things Yiou Are
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : All Standards And A Blues
Label : Philology
9:49 AM
Darn That Dream
Artist : Charlie Rouse-Red Rodney
Album : Social Call
Label : Uptown
9:56 AM
I’ll Get By
Artist : Della Reese
Album : Voice Of An Angel
Label : RCA
10:02 AM
I Gotta Be Me
Artist : Harold Maybern
Album : Mr. Lucky
Label : High Note
10:10 AM
Love Nest
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : Best Of Sonny Stitt
Label : Prestige
10:16 AM
Freddie Freeloader
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Jazz Giants Play Miles Davis
Label : Prestige
10:23 AM
I’ll Never Be The Same
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Ella Fitzgerald
Label : Metro
10:29 AM
In Your Own Sweet Way
Artist : Ali Ryerson
Album : In Her Own Sweet Way
Label : Concord
10:36 AM
In A Semtimental Mood
Artist : Renee Rosnes
Album : Without Words
Label : Blue Note
10:45 AM
Ellington Medley
Artist : Billy Eckstine
Album : Compact Jazz
Label : Merecury
10:55 AM
Half Nelson
Artist : Chet Baker-Stan Getz
Album : West Coast Live
Label : Pacific Jazz
11:03 AM
My Old Flame
Artist : Joe Magnarelli
Album : My Old Flame
Label : Give A Go
11:10 AM
Artist : Ramsey Lewis
Album : Ramsey Lewis-Lem Winchester
Label : Reel Gone
11:18 AM
I Got It Bad
Artist : Betty Roche
Album : Lightly And Politely
Label : Prestige
11:24 AM
September In The Rain
Artist : Pete Smyser
Album : Celebrating Ther Songs Of Harry Warren
Label : Pete Smyser
11:30 PM
Mood Indigo
Artist : Clark Terry
Album : Clark Terry And The Metropole Orchestra
Label : Mons
11:36 PM
One Morning In nMay
Artist : Frank Foster-Frank Wess
Album : Frankly Speaking
Label : Concord
11:42 PM
With These Hands
Artist : Les Mc Cann
Album : Much Less
Label : Collectables
11:48 PM
Artist : David Newman
Album : Jpohn Coltrane Songbook
Label : High Note
11:55 PM
Bad And The Beautiful
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Tony Bennett-Bill Evans: Together Again
Label : Rhino
12:06 PM
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Art Of The Ballad
Label : Prestige
12:15 PM
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Laste Great Caoncert-My Favorite Songs
Label : Enja
12:23 PM
Lullabye Of Birdland
Artist : Mel Torme-Marty Paich
Album : Mel Torme-Marty Paich Dek-tette
Label : Bethlehem
12:30 PM
San Souci
Artist : Lionel Hampton
Album : Made In Japan
Label : Gland Hamp
12:40 PM
Lady Bird
Artist : Hank Jones-James Moody
Album : Our Delight
Label : IPO
12:46 PM
Nancy With The Laughing Face
Artist : Bobby Hutcherson
Album : Wise One
Label : Kind Of Blue
12:53 PM
Key Largo
Artist : Diane Reeves
Album : The Calling
Label : Blue Note
12:57 PM
Linus And Lucy
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy


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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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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