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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February 11, 2013

6:06 PM
How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me
Artist : Steve Rudolph Trio
Album : Live
Label : DMJ Records
6:12 PM
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Artist : Joe Newman
Album : At Count Basie's
Label : Mercury
6:19 PM
I Remember You
Artist : Cal Tjader
Album : Dinner By Candlelight
Label : Concord
6:23 PM
Lover Man
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Lover Man
Label : Columbia
6:29 PM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Sonny Criss
Album : Out Of Nowhere
Label : 32 Jazz
6:33 PM
Just Us Two
Artist : Trudy Pitts & Mr. C
Album :
Label :
6:41 PM
When I Fall In Love
Artist : Rod McGaha
Album : A Gentle Man
Label : N/A
6:48 PM
Prelude To A Kiss
Artist : Jim Hall
Album : Jazz By The Fire
Label : Concord
6:54 PM
Night And Day
Artist : Bill Evans Trio
Album : Everybody Digs Bill Evans
Label : Riverside
7:03 PM
Artist : Don Byas & Mary Lou Williams
Album : Jaz Legacy
Label : Inner City
7:08 PM
My Little Brown Book
Artist : Terell Stafford
Album : This Side Of Strayhorn
Label : MaxJazz
7:17 PM
They Can’t Take That Away From, Me
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Burnin' In The Woodhouse
Label : Qwest/Warner Brothers
7:23 PM
Kenny Drew
Artist : Benny Green
Album : Magic Beans
Label : Sunnyside Records
7:32 PM
Everything Happens To Me
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Stan Getz In Stockholm
Label : Verve
7:41 PM
Violets For Your Furs
Artist : Denise King
Album : Fever
Label : R.E.D.D. King Records
7:46 PM
A Certain Attitude
Artist : Donald Byrd Sextet
Album : Getting Down To Business
Label : Landmark
7:51 PM
Artist : Gary Burton
Album : Departure
Label : Concord Records
8:01 PM
Soft WInds
Artist : Kenny Burrell & Jimmy Smith
Album : Blue Bash
Label : Verve
8:06 PM
Soft WInds
Artist : Benny Goodman & Charlie Christian
Album : The Genius Of Charlie Christian
Label : Columbia
8:09 PM
At Last
Artist : Scott Hamilton & Gene Harris
Album : Dinner By Candlelight
Label : Concord
8:13 PM
When Lights Are Low
Artist : Miles Davis
Album :
Label : Prestige
8:20 PM
Home At Last
Artist : Michael Pedicin
Album : Ballads
Label : Jazz Hut
8:32 PM
Artist : Diana Krall
Album : Only Trust Your Heart
Label : GRP Records
8:39 PM
How Am I To Know
Artist : Harry "Sweets" Edison
Album : The Swinger
Label : Verve
8:50 PM
Warm Valley
Artist : Art Farmer
Album : Jazz & The Sunday Times
Label : Concord
8:58 PM
It’s Only A Paper Moon
Artist : Erroll Garner
Album : At The Movies
Label : Mercury


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5:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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