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 30, 2012

10:00 AM
When I Fall In Love
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Steamin' With The Miles Davis Quintet
Label : Prestige
10:03 AM
Turn Out The Stars
Artist : Steve Rudolph
Album : Daydream
Label : PA.CT
10:12 AM
I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
Artist : Sonny Rollins
Album : Rollins Plays For Bird
Label : Prestige
10:20 AM
The Jazz Message
Artist : Donald Byrd Quintet
Album : The Birth Of Be-Bop
Label : Savoy
10:29 AM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Royce Campbell Trio
Album : All Standards And A Blues
Label : Philology Records
10:35 AM
You Go To My Head
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Hello Love
Label : Verve
10:42 AM
Bella Carolina
Artist : Joe Magnarelli
Album : Why Not
Label : Criss Cross Jazz
10:51 AM
Very Early
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : Very Early
Label : SteepleChase
11:01 AM
The Very Thought Of You
Artist : Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Album : Jaz For Lovers
Label : Prestige
11:08 AM
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Artist : Art Taum
Album : Modern Jazz Piano-Four Views
Label : RCA Camden
11:11 AM
I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Two For The Road
Label : Concord
11:16 AM
I’ll Get By
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : The Stardust Session
Label : Prestige
11:24 AM
Aquas
Artist : James Silberstein
Album : Song For Micaela
Label : Consolidated Artists Productions
11:33 AM
Never Let Me Go
Artist : Roy Hargrove Quintet
Album : Tenors Of Our Time
Label : Verve
11:39 AM
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life ?
Artist : Irene Kral
Album : You Are There
Label : Audiophile
11:46 AM
Seed Shack
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 The Sixties
Label : Prestige
11:52 AM
In The Still Of The Night
Artist : Bill Charlap
Album : Written In The Stars
Label : Blue Note
12:06 PM
Solid
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Solid
Label : Blue Note
12:13 PM
Gone With The Wind
Artist : Dave Brubeck Quartet
Album : Dave Brubeck Quartet At Storyville 1954
Label : Columbia
12:23 PM
Sometime Ago
Artist : Lee Ritenour
Album : Stolen Moments
Label : GRP Records
12:27 PM
Stockholm Sweetnin’
Artist : Kevin Mahogany
Album : You Got What It Takes
Label : Enja Records
12:34 PM
Montivideo
Artist : Monty Alexander
Album : Here Comes The Sun
Label : MPS Records
12:38 PM
Song For Tarif
Artist : Stephen Sscott w./ Branford Marsallis
Album : The Beautiful Thing
Label : Verve
12:46 PM
You’re Gettin’ To Be A Habit With Me
Artist : Harry "Sweets" Edison
Album : Buddy And Sweets
Label : Verve
12:51 PM
Desafinado
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Jazz Samba
Label : Verve
12:57 PM
O Barquinho (My Little Boat)
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : Saturday Afternoon Jazz
Label : Concord Jazz
1:03 PM
Willow Weep For Me
Artist : Red Garland
Album : Groovy
Label : Prestige
1:14 PM
Candy Bar
Artist : Frank Capp/Nat Pierce Juggernaut
Album : Live Atr The Alley Cat
Label : Concord
1:20 PM
Gaslight
Artist : Dmitry Baevsky
Album : The Composers
Label : Sharp Nine Records
1:26 PM
What Are You Doing New Years Eve ?
Artist : Diana Krall
Album : Christmas Songs
Label : Verve
1:30 PM
You Must Believe In Spring
Artist : Jack Wilkins
Album : Mexico
Label : CTI Records
1:39 PM
Moonglow
Artist : Errol Garner
Album : Encores in Hi-Fi
Label : Columbia (vinyl)
1:44 PM
One Thin Dime
Artist : Steve Nelson
Album : Sound-Effect
Label : High Note Records
1:54 PM
Little Girl Blue
Artist : The Drummonds (Renee Rosnes-Piano)
Album : A Beautiful Friendship
Label : Venus Records

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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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