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.

Scroll down to see recent playlists.

Composer ID: 


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 Spring Member Drive
5:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

You Listen to WRTI. It's the Simple Truth.

A faithful listener-member of WRTI.

How much do you listen to WRTI? Stop and think about it. Once a week? Twice a week? Three or more times a week? Whatever your answer, the simple truth is that you listen.

Right now, we're asking you to listen to this simple truth: WRTI relies on listeners who are willing to become members to keep this music service going for you and the entire community. Over 50% of our operating costs come from listener-members.

Creatively Speaking
9:03 pm
Tue April 22, 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.

Read more
Creatively Speaking
9:45 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

A Jam-Packed Jazz Celebration in Center City

This year's Center City Jazz Festival takes place at Chris' Jazz Cafe, Fergie's Pub, Milkboy Philadelphia, and TIME Restaurant.

The third annual Center City Jazz Festival is coming up on Saturday, April 19th  There are 16 bands performing in a six-hour period, in four venues in downtown Philadelphia. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

The festival warms up on Friday, April 11th at Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Read more
Check Out These Jazz CDS!
4:22 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

April Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine

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

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

Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

Contralto Marian Anderson sang at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939, to an estimated crowd of 75,000 people.
University of Pennsylvania

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

Read more
Creatively Speaking
8:22 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Last Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story

Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993)

Jazz vocalist, author, and playwright Suzanne Cloud spent about eight months researching Dizzy Gillespie’s life, and writing Last Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story. The production debuted in 2013 at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

Read more
Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
4:18 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A (Gerry) Mulligan Stew on WRTI

The Big Band side of the influential baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan will be featured on Big Band Jazz this Sunday, April 13 at 7 pm. An arranger with Gene Krupa, Elliot Lawrence, and Stan Kenton in the '40s and '50s, to his own Concert Jazz Band in the '60s, it's an 87th birthday tribute to the one-time Philly resident.

Jazz Appreciation Month on WRTI
11:58 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Those "I Love Jazz" Moments

One night recently, as I was home struggling to convince my toddler that the floor is not where leftover food lives, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood” came on the radio. Suddenly, I found myself paying a bit more attention to the music than the drama at hand. Why? Because I knew what was coming....that specific moment in the song that always gets to me. There's a total mood shift as the timing completely changes and you start to notice the drums more and more. And then you start to wonder if the drums were even there at all during the beginning of the tune.

Read more
Creatively Speaking
6:04 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Remembering The Sensational Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday (1915-1959) - Nicknamed "Lady Day" by saxophonist Lester Young

Jazz great Billie Holiday, who died at age 44 in 1959, would have turned 99 on April 7, 2014. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, in her short career, this Philadelphia-born singer made a huge impact on jazz and American song.

Read more
WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:34 am
Fri March 28, 2014

'A Love Supreme' Comes Alive In Unearthed Photos

John Coltrane during the recording of A Love Supreme in December 1964.
Chuck Stewart Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Whenever photographer Chuck Stewart was hired by a record company to document a recording session, he would shoot during the rehearsal takes, playback and downtime. The company would take what it needed, the remainder likely never to be developed, much less published. After decades in the photography business, and thousands of album covers to his name, he's amassed a lot of negatives.

Read more