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

March 10, 2013

9:00 AM
Naima
Artist : Cedar Wallton
Album : Naima
Label :
9:08 AM
How Am I To Know
Artist : Scott Hamilton-Harry Allen
Album : 'Round Midnight
Label : Challenge
9:17 AM
Close Enough For Love
Artist : Vanessa Rubin
Album : Vanessa Rubin Sings
Label : Novus
9:25 AM
Young And Foolish
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : Rev-Elation
Label : Sharp Nine
9:34 AM
Angel Eyes
Artist : Howard Roberts
Album : The Real Howard Roberts
Label : Concord
9:34 AM
I Thought About You
Artist : Carl Fontana
Album : The Real Fontana
Label : Uptown
9:43 PM
Django
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : Django
Label : Pretige
10:00 PM
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Artist : Nina Simone
Album : The Amazing Nina Simone
Label : Bethlehem
10:05 AM
All Blues
Artist : Larry Coryell
Album : Monk, Miles, Trane And Me
Label : High Note
10:13 AM
I Hear A Rhpsody
Artist : Jesse Davis
Album : High Standards
Label : Concord
10:22 AM
Love Man
Artist : Buddy De Franco-Art Tatum
Album : Tatum Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
10:29 PM
Medley
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Great American Songbook
Label : Atlantic
10:39 PM
Road Song
Artist : Wes Montgomery-Jimmy Smith
Album : The Dynamic Duo
Label : Verve
10:46 PM
The Meaning Of The Blues
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : Standards In Silhouette
Label : Capitol
10:54 AM
I Love You
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Jazz Giants Play Cole Porter
Label : Prestige
11:01 AM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Walk On
Label : Telarc
11:08 AM
Stolen Moments-Whisper Not
Artist : Lou Lanza
Album : Corner Pocket
Label : J-Bird
11:17 AM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : George Mraz
Album : Duke's Place
Label : Milestone
11:23 AM
Yesterday
Artist : Shirley Horn
Album : May The Music Never End
Label : Verve
11:29 AM
You Don’t Know What Love Is
Artist : Dominic Fananacci
Album : Dawn Of Goodbye
Label : E 1
11:33 AM
I Should Care
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
11:44 AM
I’ll Remember April
Artist : Jim Cohen
Album : Pedal Steel Jazz
Label : Acceptable
11:52 AM
My Ship
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Isn't It Romanctic
Label : Koch
12:12 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Holiday For Lovers
Label : Verve
12:18 PM
For Heaven’s Sake Let’s Fall In Love
Artist : Billy Holiday
Album : Lady In Satin
Label : Columbia
12:22 PM
Paris Blues
Artist : Scott Hmilton
Album : Organic Duke
Label : Concord
12:28 PM
Stella By Starlight
Artist : Ben Webster
Album : Warm Moods
Label : Reprise
12:32 PM
Love Letters
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Wonderful, Wonderful
Label : High Note
12:39 PM
Maybe You’ll Be There
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Close To You
Label : Roulette
12:43 PM
I Remember You
Artist : Phil Woods
Album : American Songbook 2
Label : Kimd Of Blue
12:49 PM
Summer Serenade
Artist : Art Farmer
Album : Art Farmer And The Jazz Giants
Label : Prestige
12:55 PM
From This Moment On
Artist : Eddie Davis-Johnny Griffin
Album : Jazz Giants Play Cole Porter
Label : Prestige

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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.
YouTube

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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