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 20, 2013

6:06 PM
some Day My Prince Will Come
Artist : RonCarter
Album : The Bass And I
Label : Blue Note
6:12 PM
April In Paris
Artist : Lionel Hampton
Album : Lionel Hampton Quintet
Label : Verve
6:20 PM
Angel Eyes
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Blues: The Common Ground
Label : Verve
6:25 PM
Artist : David Newman
Album : Best Of The Jazz Greats
Label : Atlantic
6:32 PM
Spring Is Here
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Portrati In Jazz
Label : Verve
6:36 PM
All Of Me
Artist : Dinah Wasshington
Album : Dinah Sings Standards
Label : Verve
6:44 PM
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Duke Ellington Plays Standards
Label : Columbia
6:51 PM
Just You, Just Me
Artist : Billy Taylor -Gerry Mulligan
Album : At MCG
Label : Manchester Craftmen's Guild
6:56 PM
iIt’s So Peaceful In The Country
Artist : Mundel Lowe
Album : Guitar Moods
Label : Riverside
7:00 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Don't Get Sassy
Label : Telarc
7:07 PM
Green Dolphin Street
Artist : Four Gerations Of Miles
Album : Fout Generations Of Miles
Label : Chesky
7:18 PM
Close Enough For Love
Artist : Vanessa Rubin
Album : Vanessa Rubin Sings
Label : RCA
7:22 PM
Along Cme Betty
Artist : Pat Martino
Album : Consciousness
Label : 32 Jazz
7:28 PM
Billy Boy
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Milestones
Label : Columbia
7:36 PM
The Look Of Love
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Big Mouth
Label : Pablo
7:42 PM
Artist : Nancy Kelly
Album : Singin' And Swingin'
Label : Amherst
7:48 PM
Are You Real
Artist : Lew Tabachin’
Album : Pyramid
Label : Koch
7:54 PM
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Definitive Clifford Brown
Label : Verve
8:01 PM
For Heaven’s Sake
Artist : Charlie Hayden-Kenny Barron
Album : Night And The City
Label : Verve
8:11 PM
What Is This Thing Clled Love
Artist : Kai Winding-J.J. Johnson
Album : Classic Jazz Of The 1950s
Label : Time Life
8:16 PM
Two For The Road
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : For The LoveOf You
Label : Entertainment one
8:21 PM
Artist : Jazz At The Philharmonic
Album : JATP In Frankfurt 1952
Label : Verve
8:32 PM
The Way You Look Tonight
Artist : JIMMY baruno-Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Jerome Kern Songbook
Label : Concord
8:37 PM
Sophisticated Lady
Artist : Trumpet Summit
Album : Trumpet Summit
Label : MAMA
8:48 PM
When Lights Are Low
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
8:51 PM
Nica’s Dream
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Exclusively For My Friends
Label : Verve
8:58 PM
We’ll Be Together Again
Artist : Mundel Lowe
Album : Guitar Moods
Label : Riverside


WRTI Spring Member Drive
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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