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

February 13, 2013

6:06 PM
My Old Flame
Artist : Cedar Walton Trio
Album : Ironclad
Label : Monarch Records
6:15 PM
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : The Genius Of Ray Charles
Label : Atlantic
6:21 PM
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Artist : Zoot Sims-Bob Brookmeyer Octet
Album : Stretching Out
Label : United Artists (vinyl)
6:31 PM
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Artist : Nicholas Payton
Album : From This Moment...
Label : Verve
6:37 PM
Why Don’t They Understand
Artist : Lem Winchester
Album : With Feeling
Label : Prestige
6:41 PM
All Blues
Artist : Ray Bryant
Album : All Blues
Label : Pablo
6:50 PM
Summertime
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Compact Jazz
Label : Verve
6:55 PM
That Old Black Magic
Artist : Roberta Gambarini
Album : So In Love
Label : Emarcy
7:01 PM
Where Are You
Artist : Ben Webster
Album : Soulville
Label : Verve
7:06 PM
Emily
Artist : Warren Wolf
Album : Warren Wolf
Label : Mack Avenue
7:15 PM
Night Song
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : A Bluish Bag
Label : Blue Note
7:21 PM
The Courtship
Artist : Kenny Barron
Album : The Only One
Label : Reservoir
7:31 PM
Ruby My Dear
Artist : Rene Thomas w./ w. J.R.Monterose
Album : Guitar Groove
Label : Jazzland
7:35 PM
I Keep Goin’ Back To Joe’s
Artist : Curtis Stigers
Album : Baby Plays Around
Label : Concord Jazz
7:40 PM
The More I See You
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Roll Call
Label : Blue Note
7:47 PM
Down Here On The Ground
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Down Here On The Ground
Label : A&M Records
7:51 PM
Blues In The Night
Artist : The New York Trio w./ Bill Charlap
Album : Blues In The Night
Label : Venus Records
8:02 PM
Autumn In New York
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Blue Lights Volume 2
Label : Blue Note
8:08 PM
The Touch Of Yoru Lips
Artist : Tony Bennett w./ Bill Evans
Album : Complete Recordings
Label : Fantasy Records
8:14 PM
Just For Now
Artist : Jackie McLean
Album : Capuchin Swing
Label : Blue Note
8:21 PM
It’s Easy To Remember
Artist : The Roy Haynes Trio
Album : Trio Featuring Danilo Perez & John Pattitucci
Label : Verve
8:31 PM
I Cover The Waterfront
Artist : Wynton Marsalis
Album : Standard Time Vol 3..Resolution Of Romance
Label : Columbia
8:35 PM
Show Me
Artist : Jack Wilkins
Album : Until It's Time
Label : MaxJazz
8:41 PM
Midnight Sun
Artist : Mary Ellen Desmond
Album : Darn That Dream
Label : Frontrow Records
8:51 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Anthony Wonsey Trio w./ Eric Alexander
Album : The Thang
Label : Sharp Nine

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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.
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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

Jazz
11:58 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Bob Perkins Recommends...THE TONY BENNETT-BILL EVANS ALBUM

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.

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