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 23, 2013

9:06 AM
Satin Doll
Artist : Joe Pass
Album : Portraits Of Duke Ellington
Label : Pablo
9:12 AM
Artist : Larry Vucavitch
Album : Something Special
Label : Going For Spins
9:19 AM
Artist : Al Hibbler
Album : Unchained Melody
Label : Jasmine
9:22 AM
Central Park West
Artist : Susan Goodman
Album : Central Park West
Label : Soozaroo
9:26 AM
Chelsea Bridge
Artist : Bootsie Barnes
Album : Hello
Label : French Riviera
9:34 AM
Street Of Dreams
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Ella Swings Gently With Nelson (Riddle)
Label : Verve
9:37 AM
Out Of Nowhere
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : All Standards And One Blues
Label : Philology
9:44 AM
What’s New
Artist : Carl Fontana
Album : The Great Fontana
Label : Uptown
9:53 AM
Stella By Starlight
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Original Jazz Classics Standards
Label : Fantasy
10:03 AM
You Go To My Head
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : First Place Again
Label : Collectables
10:08 AM
Star Eyes
Artist : Lorez Alexandria
Album : Star Eyes
Label : Muse
10:14 AM
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Fourmost Return
Label : Milestone
10:25 AM
Stairway To The Stars
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Our Man In Paris
Label : Blue Note
10:33 AM
The Look Of Love
Artist : Shirley Horn
Album : The Main Ingredient
Label : Verve
10:40 AM
Yours Is My Heart Alone
Artist : Itzhak Perlman-Oscar Peterson
Album : Side By Side
Label : Telarec
10:45 AM
Days Of Wine and Roses
Artist : Bill Evans-Toots Thielemans
Album : Afffinity
Label : Warner Brothers
10:52 AM
Moon Ray
Artist : Mary Stallings
Album : Dream
Label : High Note
11:00 AM
Star Eyes
Artist : Master Sounds
Album : In Concert
Label : Fresh Sound
11:09 AM
Memories Of You
Artist : Art Tatum
Album : Tatum's Pablo Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
11:18 AM
Body And Soul
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : Adventures In Jazz
Label : Capitol
11:25 AM
Artist : Miss Justine
Album : The Many Moods Of Miss Justine
Label : Dreambox
11:30 AM
Senor Blues
Artist : David Sanborn
Album : Closer
Label : Verve
11:35 AM
Moon And Sand
Artist : Steve Heckman
Album : Born To Be Blue
Label : Jazzed Media
11:41 AM
Mr. Lucky
Artist : Harold Maybern
Album : Mr. Lucky
Label : High Note
11:46 AM
Christo Redentor
Artist : Jazz Professors
Album : Do That Again
Label : Flying Horse
11:55 AM
It Could Happen To You
Artist : Mary Louise Knutsen
Album : In The Bubble
Label : Meridian Jazz
12:06 PM
On A Clear Day
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Joe Pass-Neils Pederson
Album : Original Jazz Classics Sampler
Label : Pablo
12:13 PM
You Look Good To Me
Artist : Peter Beets
Album : Portrait Of Peterson
Label : Magic Ball
12:19 PM
I’ll Never Be The Same
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
12:31 PM
Body And Soul
Artist : Toots Thieleman-Bill Evans
Album : Affinity
Label : Warner Brothers
12:39 PM
Lush Life
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
12:43 PM
Artist : Oscar Perterson
Album : Oscar Peterson In Russia
Label : Pablo
12:52 PM
Artist : Patrick Williams
Album : Auora
Label : Reel One


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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