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 25, 2013

6:06 PM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : George Mraz
Album : Duke's Place
Label : Milestone
6:13 PM
Serenade In Blue
Artist : Red Holloway-Plas Johnson
Album : Keep The Groove Going
Label : Milestone
6:21 PM
The Touch Of Your Lips
Artist : Jon Meyer
Album : Nightscape
Label : Reservoir
6:28 PM
I’ve Heard That Song Before
Artist : Harry Allen
Album : Harry Allen Quartet
Label : Harry Allen
6:35 PM
Green Dolphin Street
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : The MJQ Plus
Label : Verve
6:44 PM
I Didn’t Know About You
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : Jazz Moods
Label : Concord
6:49 PM
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Artist : Sonny Criss
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Gitanes
6:54 PM
Pick Yourself Up
Artist : George Shearing
Album : Jerome Kern Songbook
Label : Verve
7:00 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Eddie Davis
Album : Prestige Profiles Eddie Lockjaw Davis
Label : Prestige
7:08 PM
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Artist : Jimmy Amadie
Album : Live The Phila. Museum Of Art
Label : TPR
7:14 PM
I Have Dreamed
Artist : Lena Horn
Album : Lena: A New Album
Label : Vocalion
7:18 PM
C C Rider
Artist : Yusef Lateef
Album : Live At Pep's
Label : Impulse
7:24 PM
Artist : Jimmy Bruno
Album : Burnin'
Label : Concford
7:31 PM
You Don’t Know What Love Is
Artist : Dominic Farinacci
Album : Dawn Of Goodbye
Label : Entertainment
7:39 PM
Strait Street
Artist : Don Friedman
Album : Straight Ahead
Label : No Coast
7:46 PM
I’ll Remember April
Artist : Stephane Grappelli
Album : At The Tivoli Gardens
Label : Pablo
7:53 PM
Darn That Dream
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Jam Session
Label : Avid
8:01 PM
Love Walked In
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Standards
Label : Blue Note
8:07 PM
Night And Day
Artist : Dizzy Gillepie
Album : Dizzy Gillespie In Paris
Label : Gitanes
8:10 PM
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
Artist : Carmen McRea
Album : Great Amereican Songgook
Label : Atlantic
8:19 PM
Half Nelson
Artist : George Rabbai
Album : Muted Bebop
Label : Dreamgox
8:24 PM
Ruby My Dear
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Jazz Showcase
Label : Prestige
8:34 PM
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Ballad Essentials
Label : Concord
8:38 PM
Blue Monk
Artist : Frank Wess
Album : Magic 1O1
Label : IPO
8:45 PM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Tal Farlow
Album : Jerome Kern Songbook
Label : Verve
8:50 PM
Key Largo
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Ballads
Label : Roulette
8:54 PM
’Round Midnight
Artist : Bobby Shew
Album : Bobby Shew And The Metropole Orchestra
Label : Mons


A Snapshot of Ella
3:24 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Ella Fitzgerald: Some Stories about the Queen of Jazz

Jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald (1917 to 1996)

WRTI's Susan Lewis takes a look at the life and music of the great jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, with commentary by Jazz Host Bob Perkins.

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WRTI Spring Member Drive
5:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

You Listen to WRTI. It's the Simple Truth.

A faithful listener-member of WRTI.

How much do you listen to WRTI? Stop and think about it. Once a week? Twice a week? Three or more times a week? Whatever your answer, the simple truth is that you listen.

Right now, we're asking you to listen to this simple truth: WRTI relies on listeners who are willing to become members to keep this music service going for you and the entire community. Over 50% of our operating costs come from listener-members.

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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