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

September 19, 2012

6:05 PM
Autumn Serenade
Artist : Bobby Shew-Carl Fontana
Album : Heavyweights
Label : Musical Archives Foundation
6:13 PM
Smile
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Live At Kosei Nenkin Hall
Label : Pablo
6:22 PM
We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together
Artist : Phil Woods-Johnny Griffin
Album : The Rev. And I
Label : Blue Note
6:31 PM
Darn That Dream
Artist : Joe Wilder
Album : Wilder And Wilder
Label : Savoy
6:36 PM
I Won’t Last A Day Without You
Artist : Mel Torme-Buddy Rich
Album : Together Again For The First Time
Label : Mobile Fidelity
6:42 PM
How Insensitive
Artist : Larry Vuckavitch
Album : Something Special
Label : Tetrachord
6:49 PM
Like Someone In Love
Artist : Duke Pearson
Album : Profile And Tender Feelings
Label : Fresh Sound
6:54 PM
You Better Go Now
Artist : Jeri Southern
Album : Classic Jazz For The Night
Label : Time-Life
6:58 PM
Moon River
Artist : Sonny Redd
Album : The Mode
Label : Jazzland
7:07 PM
Land’s End
Artist : The Trio
Album : The Trio Remembered
Label : String Jazz
7:15 PM
I Remember Clifford
Artist : George Shearing-Ernestine Anderson
Album : A Perfect Match
Label : Concord
7:20 PM
Falling In Love Is Wonderful
Artist : Sonny Stitt-Don Patterson
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Pretige
7:30 PM
Jordu
Artist : John Stein
Album : Encounter Point
Label : Whaling City
7:35 PM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : And His Mother Called Him Bill
Label : Bluebird
7:41 PM
Joy Spring
Artist : Arturo Sandoval
Album : I Remember Clifford
Label : GRP
7:47 PM
little Girl Blue
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : 12 Nights In Hollywood
Label : Verve
7:51 PM
Walkin’
Artist : Leroy Vinnegar
Album : Leroy Walks
Label : Contemporary
8:00 PM
Peace
Artist : West Chester Jazz Orchestra
Album : All In
Label : WJO
8:09 PM
Parker’s Mood
Artist : Supersax
Album : Chasin The Bird
Label : MPS
8:15 PM
My Old Flame
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Classic Jazz For The Night
Label : Time-Life
8:18 PM
Youre driving Me Crazy
Artist : Gene Ammons-Dodo Marmarosa
Album : Jug And Dodo
Label : Prestige
8:24 PM
Secret Love
Artist : The Three Sounds
Album : Black Orchid
Label : Blue Note
8:35 PM
You’re My Everything
Artist : Shirley Scott
Album : Workin'
Label : Prestige
8:41 PM
All Or Nothing At All
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : Ballads
Label : Concord
8:47 PM
I Get A Kick Out Of You
Artist : Charlie Parker
Album : Charlie Parker Plays Cole Porter
Label : Verve
8:52 PM
Street Of Dreams
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Love Songs
Label : Columbia
8:56 PM
Moon And and
Artist : Randy Napoleon
Album : Between Friends
Label : Azica

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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.
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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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