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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June 04, 2014

6:06 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Christian McBride
Album : West 51st
Label : Chesky
6:13 PM
Alone Together
Artist : J.J. Johnson
Album : Eminent J.J. Johnson
Label : Real Gone
6:20 PM
A Time For Love
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Milt Jackson
Album : Reunion
Label : Verve
6:25 PM
Artist : Stephane Grapelli-Hank Jones
Album : Hank Jones-Stephane Grappelli
Label : Muse
6:32 PM
You Better Go Now
Artist : Jeri Southern
Album : Classic Jazz
Label : Time- Life
6:35 PM
Whisper Not
Artist : Benny Golson
Album : Benny Golson's New York Scene
Label : Contemporary
6:41 PM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Bucky Pizzarelli/Ed Laub/Walt Bibinger
Album : Live At Deer Head Inn
Label : Deer head
6:49 PM
I Remeber Clifford
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Lee Morgan Vol 3
Label : Blue Note
6:56 PM
Surrey With Fringe On Top
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Ahmad Jamal's Three Strings
Label : Argo
7:01 PM
Prelude To A Kiss
Artist : Madison Rast
Album : Madison Rast Quintet
Label : Motor Booty
7:08 PM
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Artist : Marianne Metheny-Katz
Album : Somewhere In Paradise
Label : Marianne Metheny-Katz
7:15 PM
Portrait Of Jennie
Artist : Donald Byrd
Album : Live At The Half Note
Label : Blue Note
7:22 PM
Stella By Starlight
Artist : Three Sounds
Album : It's Just Got To Be
Label : Blue Note
7:28 PM
I Thought About You
Artist : Carl Fontana
Album : The Great Fontana
Label : Uptown
7:34 PM
Along Came Betty
Artist : Jazz Messengers
Album : Moanin'
Label : Blue Note
7:40 PM
With These Hands
Artist : Les McCann
Album : Much Les
Label : Collecables
7:47 PM
I Hear A Rhapsody
Artist : Jimmy Bruno
Album : Live At Birdland
Label : Concord
7:55 PM
Artist : J.J. Johnson
Album : Eminent J.J. Johnson
Label : Real Gone
8:01 PM
Artist : Shirley Horn
Album : May The Music Never End
Label : Verve
8:05 PM
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
Artist : Larry Coryell-Kenny Drew Jr.
Album : Duality
Label : Random Act
8:12 PM
Body And Soul
Artist : Hendrik Meurkens
Album : View From Manhattan
Label : Concord
8:19 PM
How Insensitive
Artist : Diane Schuur
Album : I Remember You
Label : Jazz Heads
8:24 PM
’Round Midnight
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : 'Round About Midnight
Label : Columbai
8:39 PM
Oh Grande Amor
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Jazz 'Round Midnight
Label : Verve
8:43 PM
Artist : Singers Unlimited
Album : Magic Voices
Label : MPS
8:47 PM
Giant Steps
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Giant Steps
Label : Atlantic
8:53 PM
Intemission Riff
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : Best Of Stan Kenton
Label : Cspitol
8:57 PM
Come Fly With Me
Artist : Count Basie
Album : The Standards
Label : Verve


WRTI Spotlight
5:34 pm
Thu July 24, 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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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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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:06 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

Drummer Art Blakey, who recorded for Blue Note from 1954 to 1965, in the studio.
Francis Wolff Blue Note Records

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:48 pm

Blue Note Records is the kind of record label that people like to call "storied" — so celebrated and impactful that no one narrative can capture its essence. From swing to bebop and hard bop, through fusion and the avant-garde, Blue Note has been telling the story of jazz in the grooves of its records since 1939 — and for its 75th anniversary, it's releasing remastered vinyl editions of some gems from its catalog. But the real legacy of the label is too big to capture on disc.

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