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

January 03, 2013

6:06 PM
Dream
Artist : Bill Charlap
Album : Written In The Stars
Label : Blue Note
6:13 PM
Dream Dancing
Artist : Joe Negri
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Noteworthy
6:18 PM
I’ll Be Seeing You
Artist : Jie Magnarelli
Album : My old Flame
Label : Give A Go
6:25 PM
Just In Time
Artist : Paula Johns-George Mesterhazy
Album : Well...We Did It
Label : Paula Johns
6:33 PM
Lover Man
Artist : Buddy De Franco-Art Tatum
Album : Tatum Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
6:40 PM
The Summer Wind
Artist : Monty Akexander
Album : Jazz Moods
Label : Concord
6:47 PM
A Train
Artist : Betty Roche
Album : A Train
Label : Betlehem
6:50 PM
Where Or When
Artist : Joshua Breakstone
Album : 9 by 3
Label : Contemporary
7:00 PM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Bill Harris
Album : Bill Harris And Friend
Label : Fantasy
7:10 PM
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Best Of Duke Ellington Songbook
Label : Verve
7:18 PM
Joy Spring
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : At Newport 1957
Label : Verve
7:25 PM
Land’s End
Artist : The Trio
Album : The Trio Rediscovered
Label :
7:35 PM
Yesterday
Artist : Shawn Monteiro
Album : To Carmen With Love
Label : Whaling City
7:42 PM
Lotum Blossom
Artist : Ted Rosenthal
Album : Out Of This World
Label : Playscape
7:51 PM
Yours Is My Heart Alone
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Complete Wes Montgomery on Riverside
Label : Riverside
7:57 PM
Smoke Gets In You Eyes
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Dinah Washington
Label : Everest
8:02 PM
After The Rain
Artist : Mike La Donne
Album : John Coltrane Songbook
Label : High Note
8:10 PM
Angel Eyes
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : trioing
Label : Jardis
8:19 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Don't Get Sassy
Label : Telarc
8:26 PM
Betcha By Golly Wow
Artist : Johnny Hartman
Album : Today
Label : Collecatbles
8:31 PM
Somewhere In The Night
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
8:39 PM
Bluesette
Artist : Mary Louise Knutson
Album : In The Bubble
Label : Meridian Jazz
8:47 PM
Key Largo
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Sarah Plus Two
Label : Roulette
8:51 PM
With A Song In My Heart
Artist : Bobby Shew
Album : Bobby Shew And The Metropole Orchestra
Label : Mons
8:55 PM
Mood Indigo
Artist : Count Basie
Album : The Count Plays Duke
Label : Mama

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WRTI Spotlight
6:59 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Lauren Lark on Sunday Jazz with Jeff Duperon: July 27, 8:30 PM

Vocalist Lauren Lark

On Sunday, July 27th at 8:30 PM, Sunday Jazz with Jeff Duperon welcomes Lauren Lark who honed her talents of singing jazz, classical, and many genres in between with a diverse concentration on linguistics including French, Portuguese, Latin, and German at The University of The Arts and has performed at numerous venues and events worldwide.
 
Lauren will discuss her latest project, “A WOMAN of ONE," This musical one-woman program showcases the many talents of the Philadelphia native Lauren Lark.
 

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:03 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow

Jazz pianist Fred Hersch released his latest album, a trio recording called Floating, in July.
Vincent Soyez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 11:45 am

The last time Fred Hersch was featured on Weekend Edition Saturday, the headline read, "Back On Stage By No Small Miracle." It was 2009, and scarcely a year earlier, the jazz pianist had suffered AIDS-related dementia and fallen into a coma for several months. Since recovering, Hersch has come roaring back to music, releasing a string of live albums to critical success.

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Creatively Speaking
11:44 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Octavius Catto Celebrated In Song At The Mann Center

Civil-rights activist Octavius Catto was mudered in 1871 on his way to vote.

You never know where you'll encounter composer Uri Caine - born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia, but now equally well known in jazz and classical circles around the world. But the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns found him rehearsing in yet another musical continent at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Olney.

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Classic Music and Jazz for July 3rd and 4th
1:15 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Music for Your Independence Day Holiday!

We're celebrating America's independence with American classical music during the day and nostalgic jazz at night on July 3rd and 4th. Join us!

CLASSICAL

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CD Selections
4:35 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

June Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine

Here's Nick Bewsey from ICON Magazine with a bunch of great jazz CDs to tell you about.

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WRTI Spotlight
2:18 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Jazz Pianist and Hard Bop Composer Horace Silver Dies at 85

One of my favorite Horace Silver albums

When I first heard Horace Silver play piano, I said to myself, "this fellow must have been groomed in the African America church." Not quite...but somewhat close: his mother was of Irish-African descent, and did sing in church; and his father was of Afro-Portuguese heritage.

One could detect in his unique, straight-ahead jazz style, gospel, blues, soul and funk - well before the latter adjective found its way into the music lexicon. 

Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers: Doodlin'

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WRTI Spotlight
1:22 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

BP Remembers Jazz Vocalist Jimmy Scott

Jimmy Scott

The music world - and the world at large - lost a very fine singer of standard popular songs last week when Jimmy Scott died on June 12th at age 88.

It’s surprising that the name Jimmy Scott was unknown to a good number of folks. But to those familiar with his work and his way with a song, he was a legend...and some of those who favored his work, were and are, legends in their own right: Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, and Billie Holiday, to name a few, sang his praises. The standard pop and jazz cognoscente, knew Jimmy Scott!

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Breaking News
7:25 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Legendary Pianist Horace Silver Dies At 85

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 11:22 am

Pianist Horace Silver, whose potent and catchy combination of blues, funk and Latin sounds shifted the jazz landscape in the 1950s and '60s, died Wednesday morning at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He died of natural causes, according to his son, Gregory Silver. He was 85.

As a bandleader, Horace Silver mentored some of the hottest musicians of his era. As a composer, he devised numerous jazz standards still played today.

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Bob Perkins Broadcasts From Wilmington
11:41 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

BP Kicks Off the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

Clifford Brown

Join Bob Perkins on Wednesday, June 18th at 6 pm as he broadcasts live from opening night of the 2014 Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington. The Brownie-Roach Project, an all-star quartet dedicated to honoring the memory of the festival’s namesake,  is this year's opening act.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:36 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History

Clifford Brown turned in a number of fine solos playing with bandleader Art Blakey in 1954.
Francis Wolff Courtesy of Blue Note Records

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 3:55 pm

Blue Note Records has been many things over the course of its 75 years: a label responsible for blinding jazz innovations, a home for the titans of hard bop and soul jazz, a place for smart, sly, jazz-inflected pop creations.

One constant running throughout its history is improvisation. Its records have showcased jazz soloing in every possible mood and temperament. Its artists, both the jazz legends and those journeymen who are little regarded today, have helped shape the ever-evolving notion of what a solo is and what it can be.

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