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 08, 2013

6:06 PM
Meditation
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : The Art Of The Ballad
Label : Prestige
6:12 PM
Easy To love
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Cole Porter Songbook
Label : Prestige
6:17 PM
I Didn’t Know About You
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Best Of Jazz 'Round Midnight
Label : Verve
6:20 PM
Enchantment
Artist : David Sanborn
Album : Closer
Label : Verve
6:23 PM
When Lights Are Low
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Chet Baker In New York
Label : Riverside
6:32 PM
Witchcraft
Artist : Chuck Redd
Album : Common Thread
Label : Arbors
6:38 PM
Django
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : Django
Label : Prestige
6:45 PM
Cast Your Fate To The Wind
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Best Of Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
6:51 PM
Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool
Artist : Jimmy Scott
Album : When Love Goes Wrong
Label : Verve
6:54 PM
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
Artist : Art Pepper
Album : Jazz Giants Play Cole Porter
Label : Prestige
7:01 PM
Walkin’
Artist : Leroy Vinnegar
Album : Leroy Walks
Label : Contemporary
7:08 PM
Blues Walk
Artist : Clifford Brown-Max Roach
Album : Classic Jazz Of The '50s
Label : Time- Life
7:16 PM
Mam’selle
Artist : Freddie Cole
Album : Talk To Me
Label : High Note
7:20 PM
Afternoon In Paris
Artist : John Lewis-Sasha Distel
Album : Afternoon In Paris
Label : Koch
7:26 PM
Misty
Artist : Dakota Staton
Album : The Late Late Show
Label : Collectables
7:28 PM
I Hear A Rhapsody
Artist : Jesse Davis
Album : High Standards
Label : Concord
7:36 PM
Song For My Father
Artist : Richard "Groove" Holmes
Album : Soul Message
Label : Prestige
7:43 PM
Angel Eyes
Artist : North American Jazz Alliance
Album : The Montreal Scene
Label : Challenge
7:51 PM
Circus
Artist : Jazz Messengers
Album : Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers
Label : MCA
7:56 PM
Dedicated To You
Artist : Billy Eckstine-Sarah Vaughan
Album : Everything I Have Is Yours
Label : Verve
8:00 PM
Star Eyes
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Art Of The Ballad
Label : Prestige
8:08 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
8:17 PM
April In Paris
Artist : Superszx And The L.A. Voices
Album : Supersax And The L.A. Voices
Label : Columbia
8:20 PM
Fathead
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Ray Charles: Blues And Jazz
Label : Rhino
8:25 PM
I’l Never Be The Same
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
8:34 PM
Freedom Sound
Artist : Jazz Crusaders
Album : Pacific and Newport Jazz Festivals
Label : Pacific Jazz
8:43 PM
Darn That Dream
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Billie Holiday Story
Label : Verve
8:49 PM
You Are My Sunshine
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Walk On
Label : Telarc
8:57 PM
Softly With Feeling
Artist : Count Basie
Album : Count Basie Dance Session
Label : Verve

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Creatively Speaking
9:56 am
Mon April 14, 2014

The Beloved Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

Ella Fitzgerald recorded more than 200 albums in her lifetime.

The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25th, 1917, and died in 1996; she would have turned 98 next week. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, "The Queen of Jazz" - also called "The First Lady of Song," left a lasting legacy on American song and jazz.

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Creatively Speaking
9:45 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

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4:22 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

April Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine

Check out Jazz writer Nick Bewsey's CD suggestions for April.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

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University of Pennsylvania

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:08 pm

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Creatively Speaking
8:22 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

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4:18 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

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11:58 am
Wed April 2, 2014

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Creatively Speaking
6:04 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Remembering The Sensational Billie Holiday

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:34 am
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John Coltrane during the recording of A Love Supreme in December 1964.
Chuck Stewart Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
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Bud Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation on the piano.
Metronome Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 2:14 pm

The great bebop pianist Bud Powell played several engagements at the New York jazz club Birdland in 1953. Parts of his shows were broadcast on the radio, and one listener recorded some onto acetate discs. A new collection of those recordings is out now: Birdland 1953 on three CDs from ESP-Disk'. The sound quality isn't much, but the music is terrific.

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