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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April 01, 2014

6:06 PM
A Walking Thing
Artist : Phil Woods-Benny Carter
Album : Another Time Another Place
Label : Evening Star
6:14 PM
Artist : Johnny Frigo
Album : Debut Of a Legend
Label : Chesky
6:20 PM
My Romance
Artist : Warren Vache
Album : My Shining Hour
Label : Nagel Heyer
6:27 PM
Don’t Go To Stangers
Artist : Etta Jones
Album : Classic Jazz
Label : Time-Life
6:32 PM
Spring Can eally Hang You Up The Most
Artist : Larry McKenna
Album : It Might As Well Be Spring
Label : Dreambox
6:41 PM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Hampton Hawes
Album : Hampton Hawes Vol 1
Label : Contemporary
6:46 PM
Gone With The Wind
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Incredible Jazz Guitar Of West Montgomery
Label : Riveside
6:55 PM
Blue Gardenia
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Standards
Label : Blue Note
7:00 PM
Killer Joe
Artist : The jazztet
Album : Benny Golson-Art Farmer Jazztet
Label : Jazz Dynamics
7:07 PM
Folks Who Live On The Hill
Artist : Carol Sloane
Album : Ballad Essentials
Label : Concord
7:17 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Bobby Shew-Metropole Orchestra
Album : Bobby Shew And The Metropole Orchestra
Label : Mons
7:24 PM
Bemsha Swing
Artist : Thelonious Monk
Album : Chet Baker CD With Bonus CD Compilation
Label : Riverside
7:34 PM
Mr. Lucky
Artist : Buddy DeFranco
Album : Mr. Lucky
Label : Pablo
7:41 PM
I Just Foind Out About Love
Artist : Paula Johns-George Mesterhazy
Album : Well...We did it
Label : Paul Johns
7:47 PM
Sleepy Time Down South
Artist : Wynton Masalis
Album : Standard Time
Label : Columbia
7:53 PM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Ben Webster
Album : During This Time
Label : Art Of Groove
8:02 PM
The Real Blues
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : The Sampler
Label : Concord
8:10 PM
Look At That Face
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Woman Talk
Label : Fresh Sounds
8:16 PM
Artist : Denis Dilasio
Album : What's Old Is New
Label : Radjazz
8:21 PM
My Foolish Heart
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Jazz Moods
Label : Concord
8:26 PM
Artist : Wes Mongomery
Album : Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery
Label : Riverside
8:32 PM
Christo Redentor
Artist : Dave Posmontier
Album : Deep Pockets
Label : Bopcam
8:39 PM
Surrey With Th Fringe On Top
Artist : Lena Horne
Album : Give The Lady What She Wants
Label : RCA
8:43 PM
Jeeper Creepers
Artist : Pete Smyser
Album : An Affair To Remember
Label : Peete Smyser
8:50 PM
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Complete Mercury recordings 1954-1960
Label : MCPS
8:53 PM
So What
Artist : All Stars
Album : All Stars Play Miles Davis
Label : Milestone


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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