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

December 01, 2013

9:06 AM
Django
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
9:13 AM
Nuages
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Stephane Grappelli
Album : Skol
Label : Pablo
9:20 AM
That Sunday That Summer
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Coll Ladies Of Jazz
Label : ?
9:24 AM
Naima
Artist : Hendrik Meurkens
Album : View From Manhattan
Label : Concord
9:36 AM
I Want To Be Happy
Artist : Stan Getz-Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson-Stan Getz
Label : Verve
9:43 AM
Shadow Of Your Smile
Artist : Eddie Harris
Album : Bet Of Eddie Harris
Label : Atlantic
9:49 AM
I Remember Clifford
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : European Tour
Label : Label M
9:54 AM
Everything Must Change
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : By Request--Best Of Karrin Allyson
Label : Concord
10:02 AM
Lady Bird
Artist : Jon Meyer
Album : The Classics
Label : Reservoir
10:09 AM
Angel Eyes
Artist : Hank Crawford
Album : High Heat Low Flame
Label : Atlantic
10:19 AM
Wendy
Artist : Brent Jensen
Album : The Sound Of A Dry Martini
Label : Origin
10:26 AM
Lost Mind
Artist : Mose Allison
Album : The Word From Mose
Label : Atlantic
10:31 AM
The Scene Is Clean
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Defintiive Clifford rown
Label : Verve
10:37 AM
I Can’t Get Started With You
Artist : Al Grey
Album : Truly Wonderful
Label : Stash
10:45 AM
Love Me Or Leave Me
Artist : Lena Horne
Album : Classic Lena Horne
Label : RCA
10:49 AM
Sweet And Lovely
Artist : Gerry Mulligan-Thelonious Monk
Album : Mulligan Meets Monk
Label : Riverside
10:57 PM
Jordu
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Birks Works
Label : Real Gone
11:02 PM
Here, There And Everywhere
Artist : George Benson
Album : Tenderly
Label : Warner Brothers
11:08 PM
Down Fuzz
Artist : Lem Winchester-Benny Golson
Album : Winchester Special
Label : Fantasy
9:00 AM
All Blues
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : The Legacy
Label : Enja
11:27 AM
The Bad And the Beautiful
Artist : Tony Bennett-Bill Evans
Album : Together Again
Label : Rhino
11:30 AM
They say Falling In Love Is Wonderful
Artist : Sonny Stitt-Don Patterson
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Prestige
11:37 AM
Fallen Feathers
Artist : Canonball Adderley
Album : Beginnings
Label : Emarcy
11:43 AM
At last
Artist : Loretta Holloway
Album : Quietly
Label : La voce
11:47 AM
Wave
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson In Russia
Label : Pablo
11:52 AM
I Hear A Rhapsody
Artist : Zoot Sims
Album : The Innocent Years
Label : Pablo
12:00 PM
So In Love
Artist : Bob DeVos
Album : Playing For Keeps
Label : Savant
12:06 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Dizzy Gillepie
Album : Afro
Label : Real Gone
12:11 PM
The Lamp Is Low
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
12:17 PM
A Beautiful Friendship
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Montreaux 1975
Label : Pablo
12:25 PM
Sunny
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
12:31 PM
If I Had You
Artist : Stephane Grappelli-Oscar Peterson
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Gitanes
12:40 PM
Out Of Nowhere
Artist : Larry McKenna
Album : Profile
Label : Dreambox
12:45 PM
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Artist : Billy Eckstine
Album : Everything I Have Is Yours
Label : Verve
12:49 PM
On A Clear Day
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Let it Go
Label : Impulse
12:56 PM
Miles Ahead
Artist : Miles Dvis
Album : Miles Ahead
Label : Columbia

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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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