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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March 30, 2014

9:06 AM
Nature Boy
Artist : The Drummonds
Album : When You Wish Upon A Star
Label : 32 Jazz
9:13 AM
Moon And Sand
Artist : Randy Napolean
Album : Between Friends
Label : Azica Records
9:16 AM
Mood Indigo
Artist : Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins
Album : Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins
Label : Impulse
10:26 AM
Our Day WIll Come
Artist : Denise King
Album : Simply Mellow
Label :
10:26 AM
Our Day WIll Come
Artist : Denise King
Album : Simply Mellow
Label :
10:32 AM
Central Park West
Artist : Susan Goodman
Album : Susan Goodman
Label : Soozaroo
9:40 AM
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : MJQ & Friends
Label : Atlantic
9:50 AM
You Look Good To Me
Artist : Peter Beets Trio
Album : Portrait Of Peterson
Label : Magic Ball
10:00 AM
April In Paris
Artist : Jack McDuff
Album : Brotherly Love
Label : Cooncord
10:09 AM
Exactly Like You
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : 12 Nights In Holywood
Label : Verve
10:18 AM
I Concentrate On You
Artist : JJ Johnson & Kai Winding
Album : Standards On Impulse
Label : Impulse
10:20 AM
Artist : Shelly Manne
Album : Standards On Impulse
Label : Impulse
10:32 AM
Prelude To A Kiss
Artist : Madison Rast
Album : Madison Rast Quartet
Label : Motor Booty
10:35 AM
Takes Two To Tango
Artist : Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Album : Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Label :
10:39 AM
The Touch Of Your Lips
Artist : John Mayer
Album : Nightscape
Label : Reservoir
10:51 AM
Artist : Gerry Mulligan & Ben Webster
Album : Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster
Label : Verve
10:59 AM
The Duke
Artist : John Magnarelli
Album : My Old Flame
Label : Give@Go Records
11:24 AM
Toot Toot Tootsie
Artist : Denis DiBlasio
Album : What's Old Is New
Label : Rad Jazz Productions
11:31 AM
Woody ’N You
Artist : The Three Sounds
Album : The Three Sounds
Label : Blue Note
11:44 AM
Artist : Michael O’Neil Quintet
Album : Still Dancin'
Label : Jazzmo Records
11:54 AM
Alone Together
Artist : The Drummonds
Album : When You Wish Upon A Star
Label : Cat Tales Records
12:06 PM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Cat Conner
Album : Cat Tales
Label : Cat Tales Records
12:15 PM
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : The Last Great Concert
Label : Enja
12:23 PM
Someday My Prince Will Come
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Centerpiece.....At The Kosei Nenkin Vol. 2
Label : Pablo
12:30 PM
Round Midnight
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Ultimate Wes Montgomery
Label : Verve
12:41 PM
I Wished On The Moon
Artist : Paula Johns
Album : Well...We Did It
Label : Paula Johns Music
12:52 PM
15 Minutes Late
Artist : Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
Album : Heart And Soul
Label : Capri 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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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:03 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow

Jazz pianist Fred Hersch released his latest album, a trio recording called Floating, in July.
Vincent Soyez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 11:45 am

The last time Fred Hersch was featured on Weekend Edition Saturday, the headline read, "Back On Stage By No Small Miracle." It was 2009, and scarcely a year earlier, the jazz pianist had suffered AIDS-related dementia and fallen into a coma for several months. Since recovering, Hersch has come roaring back to music, releasing a string of live albums to critical success.

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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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