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

March 24, 2013

9:00 AM
Alfie
Artist : Russell Malone
Album : Look Who's Here
Label : Verve
9:08 AM
Flamingo
Artist : Jimmy Smith w./ Lee Morgan
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
9:18 AM
A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Hello Herbie
Label : MPS Records
9:26 AM
It Shouldn’t Happen In A Dream
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Soft Lights
Label : High Note
9:37 AM
When You WIsh Upon A Star
Artist : Bill Evans w./ Freddie Hubbard
Album : Interplay
Label : Riverside
9:43 AM
Until I Met You
Artist : Tony Bennett
Album :
Label : Columbia
9:47 AM
You’ve Changed
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Doin' Alright
Label : Blue Note
9:55 AM
Celia
Artist : George Shearing
Album : Walkin'...Live At The Blue Note
Label : Telarc
9:55 AM
Celia
Artist : George Shearing
Album : Walkin'...Live At The Blue Note
Label : Telarc
10:01 AM
Coffee Walk
Artist : Dave Bailey Quintet
Album : 2 Feet In The Gutter
Label : Epic (vinyl)
10:16 AM
Everytime We Say Goodbye
Artist : Fred Hersh
Album : "ETC"
Label : Red Records
10:23 AM
You Must Believe In Spring
Artist : Carolyn Leonhart
Album : Tides Of Yesterday
Label : Savant
10:30 AM
Blueport
Artist : Gerry Mulligan Quartet
Album : What Is There To Say
Label : Columbia
10:38 AM
Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : A Tribute To Henry Mancini
Label : Episode Records
10:48 AM
That’s All
Artist : Lester Young & Harry "Sweets" Edison
Album : Pres And Sweets
Label : Verve
10:52 AM
The Way You Look Tonight
Artist : Barbara Carroll
Album : All In Fun
Label : After 9 Records
11:02 AM
Body And Soul
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Quintessential Billie Holiday Vol. 8
Label : Columbia
11:05 AM
Georgia On My Mind
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Quintessential Billie Holiday Vol. 9
Label : Columbia
11:10 AM
Blues By Five
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Cookin'
Label : Prestige
11:19 AM
On A Misty Night
Artist : Peter Bernstein
Album : Something's Burnin'
Label : Criss Cross Jazz
11:29 AM
Someone To Watch Over Me
Artist : The Great Jazz Trio
Album : Love For Sale
Label : Inner City Records
11:36 AM
I Fall In Love Too Easily
Artist : Giacomo Gates
Album : Miles Tones
Label : Savant
11:44 AM
Goin’ Home
Artist : Ike Quebec
Album : Bossa Nova Soul Samba
Label : Blue Note
11:49 AM
Nilson Matta
Artist : Samba De Orfeu
Album : Black Orpheus
Label : Motema
11:54 AM
Domino
Artist : Art Farmer-Benny Golson Jazztet
Album : Another Git Together
Label : Mercury
12:07 PM
It Might As Well Be Spring
Artist : King Pleasure
Album : Songs That Made The Phone Light Up
Label : 32 Jazz
12:11 PM
Some Other Spring
Artist : Ben Webster w./ Strings
Album : Music For Loving
Label : Verve
12:18 PM
Why Was I Born?
Artist : Mike LeDonne Quintet
Album : 'Bout Time
Label : Criss Cross Jazz
12:25 PM
Blues For Davis Alexander
Artist : Mark Whitfield
Album : True Blue
Label : Verve
12:35 PM
Still Time
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Round Midnight Soundtrack
Label : Columbia
12:39 PM
I’ve Never Been In Love Before
Artist : Rich Thompson
Album : Less Is More
Label : Origin Records
12:50 PM
Taking A Chance On Love
Artist : Anita O’Day
Album : Anita Sings The Most
Label : Verve
12:53 PM
Star Eyes
Artist : Don Friedman Trio
Album : Timeless
Label : 441 Records

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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

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

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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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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
1:31 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return

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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