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

April 01, 2013

6:06 PM
I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Brown-Roach Inc.
Label : Emarcy
6:13 PM
You’re My Everything
Artist : Jon Meyer
Album : So Many Stars
Label : Reservoir
6:21 PM
Candy
Artist : Lou Donaldson
Album : Midnight Sun
Label : Blue Note
6:29 PM
I Didn’t Know About You
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald-Duke Ellington
Album : Ella Sings Duke Ellington Songbook
Label : Verve
6:33 PM
Yours Is My Heart Alone
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Complete Wes Montgomery on Riverside
Label : Riverside
6:40 PM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : Antoine Silverman
Album : Blue Moods
Label : Hillsboro
6:47 PM
Time After Time
Artist : City Rhythm Orchestra
Album : Vibrant Tones
Label : Limehouse
6:55 PM
Walk On By
Artist : Stanely Turrentine
Album : RoughAnd Tumble
Label : Blue Note
7:02 PM
Darn That Dream
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Best Of Jazz 'Round Midnight
Label : Verve
7:11 PM
What’s New
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Standards On Impulse
Label : Impulse
7:15 PM
Cherokee
Artist : Shelly Manne
Album : Standards On Impulse
Label : Impulse
7:20 PM
Tender Is The Night
Artist : Billy Eckstine
Album : 12 Great Movie Songs
Label : Verve
7:23 PM
Clear Out Of This World
Artist : tommy Flanagan
Album : Harold Arlen Songbook
Label : Inner City
7:31 PM
Love Letters
Artist : Roy Haynes
Album : Love Letters
Label : Columbia
7:39 PM
I’ll Close My Eyes
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Best Of Jazz 'Round Midnight
Label : Verve
7:44 PM
Song For My Father
Artist : Richard Groove Holmes
Album : Soul Message
Label : Prestige
7:50 PM
The Touch Of Your Lips
Artist : Eddie Daniels
Album : Mean What You Say
Label : IPO
7:56 PM
Theme From Picnic
Artist : Kai Winding-J.J. Johnson
Album : The Great J and K
Label : Mercury
8:17 PM
The Gypsy In My Soul
Artist : Jackie Ryan
Album : Listen Here
Label : Open Art
8:21 PM
I Have Dreamed
Artist : Bootsie Barnes
Album : You Leave Me Breathless
Label : French Riviera
8:26 PM
The Quintessence
Artist : Quincy Jones
Album : The Quintessence
Label : Impulse
8:33 PM
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : Work Done
Label : High Note
8:38 PM
Stardust
Artist : George Benson
Album : Tenderly
Label : Warner Brothers
8:50 PM
Blues Oriental
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Things Are Getting Better
Label : Riverside
8:55 PM
San Souci
Artist : Lionel Hasmpton
Album : Made In Japan
Label : Glad-Hamp

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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

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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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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