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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January 26, 2014

9:06 AM
Maybe September
Artist : Ken Peplowski
Album : Maybe September
Label : Capri Records
9:14 AM
For Heaven Sakes
Artist : Grover Washington Jr. w./ Freddy Cole & Jeanie Bryson
Album : All My Tomorrows
Label : Columbia
9:23 AM
Artist : Paul Smith
Album : Heavy Jazz
Label : Outstanding Records (vinyl)
9:30 AM
Have You Met Miss Jones?
Artist : Steve Davis
Album : Eloquence
Label : JLP Records
9:38 AM
Two For The Road
Artist : Jack Wilkins
Album : Until It's Time
Label : Max Jazz
9:46 AM
I Wanna Be Loved
Artist : Shirley Horn
Album : Close Enough For Love
Label : Verve
9:52 AM
Shiny Stockings
Artist : Dave Bailey Quintet
Album : Two Feet In The Gutter
Label : Epic Records (vinyl)
10:01 AM
Artist : Bill Evans Trio
Album : Live At The Top Of The Gate
Label : Resonance
10:07 AM
Recorda Me
Artist : Phil Moore 3 & The Afro Latin Soultet
Album : Afro Brazil Oba
Label : Tower Records (vinyl)
10:13 AM
Blame It On My Youth
Artist : Walt Weiskopf Quartet
Album : Live
Label : Capri Records
10:21 AM
When I Look In Your Eyes
Artist : Nancy WIlson
Album : Easy
Label : Capitol
10:23 AM
You’ve Changed
Artist : Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio
Album : Reflections
Label : Word Of Mouth
10:29 AM
Step Lightly
Artist : Benny Golson
Album : New York Scene
Label : Contemporary
10:36 AM
Whisper Not
Artist : Dena DeRose
Album : Another World
Label : Sharp Nine Records
10:45 AM
They Say It’s Spring
Artist : Blossom Dearie
Album : Give Him The Ooh-La-La
Label : Verve
10:49 AM
It Might As Well Be Spring
Artist : Red Garland Trio
Album : Rediscovered Masters
Label : Prestige
11:00 AM
Artist : Jackie McLean Quintet
Album : Lights Out
Label : Prestige
11:08 AM
Where Is The Love
Artist : Stephen Scott
Album : Vision Quest
Label : Enja Records
11:16 AM
Ballad Medley
Artist : Stan Getz & Lionel Hampton
Album : Hamp And Getz
Label : Verve
11:25 AM
Garota De Ipanema
Artist : Rosa Passos w./ Ron Carter
Album : Entre Amigos
Label : Chesky Records
11:28 AM
A Felicidade
Artist : Romero Lubambo
Album : Brazilian Essence
Label : SSC Records
11:34 AM
Love You Madly
Artist : Monty Alexander Trio
Album : Reunion In Europe
Label : Concord
11:39 AM
Just Squeeze Me
Artist : Joe Newman w./ Frank Foster
Album : Good 'N Groovy
Label : Prestige Swingsville
11:48 AM
Pick Yourself Up
Artist : Nat Cole w./ George Shearing
Album : Nat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Plays
Label : Capitol
11:51 AM
Days Of WIne And Roses
Artist : Denis DiBlasio
Album : View From Pikes
Label : Dreambox Media
12:07 PM
Artist : Don Byas
Album : Don Byas
Label : Blue Star
12:11 PM
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Blue Moon
Label : Jazz Book Records
12:18 PM
Artist : Chuck Redd
Album : Happy All The Time
Label : Arbors Jazz
12:29 PM
You Must Believe In Spring
Artist : Tony Bennett w./ Bill Evans
Album : The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings
Label : Fantasy Records
12:33 PM
Joy Spring
Artist : Clifford Brown w./ Max Roach
Album : Alone Together: Best Of The Mercury Years
Label : Mercury
12:43 PM
I Know You Know
Artist : George Cotsirilos
Album : Variations
Label : OA2 Records
12:49 PM
You Better Go Now
Artist : Jimmy Smith w./ Roy Hargrove
Album : Angel Eyes...Ballads And Slow Jams
Label : Verve
12:49 PM
You Better Go Now
Artist : Jimmy Smith w./ Roy Hargrove
Album : Angel Eyes...Ballads And Slow Jams
Label : Verve
12:55 PM
Artist : The Jazztet
Album : Another Git Together
Label : Mercury Records


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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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!


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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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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:06 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

Drummer Art Blakey, who recorded for Blue Note from 1954 to 1965, in the studio.
Francis Wolff Blue Note Records

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:48 pm

Blue Note Records is the kind of record label that people like to call "storied" — so celebrated and impactful that no one narrative can capture its essence. From swing to bebop and hard bop, through fusion and the avant-garde, Blue Note has been telling the story of jazz in the grooves of its records since 1939 — and for its 75th anniversary, it's releasing remastered vinyl editions of some gems from its catalog. But the real legacy of the label is too big to capture on disc.

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