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

July 04, 2013

6:06 PM
Satin Doll
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Best Of
Label : Capitol
6:09 PM
Satin Doll
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Yesterday's Love Songs, Today's Blues
Label :
6:13 PM
Street Of Dreams
Artist : Rob McConnell Boss Brass
Album : Big Band Jazz Vol. 1
Label : Pausa Records (vinyl)
6:20 PM
Sometimes I’m Happy
Artist : Freddy Cole
Album : This And That
Label : High Note
6:28 PM
Midnight SUn
Artist : Lionel Hampton
Album : Legendary Decca Recordings
Label : GRP/Decca
6:31 PM
Midnight Sun
Artist : June Christy
Album : Something Cool
Label : Capitol
6:36 PM
Sugar Plum
Artist : Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Album : That's It
Label : Legacy
6:40 PM
Fever
Artist : Peggy Lee
Album : Miss Peggy Lee
Label : Capitol
6:44 PM
Moonglow
Artist : Benny Goodman Quartet
Album :
Label : RCA
6:47 PM
Moonglow
Artist : Tony Bennett & K.D. Lang
Album : Ultimate American Songobook
Label : Columbia
6:53 PM
Yesterday’s Gardenias
Artist : Joe Clark Big Band
Album : Lush
Label : Jazzed Media
7:03 PM
Shiny Stockings
Artist : Count Basie
Album : April In Paris
Label : Verve
7:08 PM
Shiny Stockings
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Viva Vaughan
Label : Mercury
7:14 PM
Frame For The Blues
Artist : Maynard Ferguson
Album : Message From Newport
Label : Roulette
7:20 PM
In The Evening
Artist : Joe WIlliams
Album : Joe Wilams At Newport '63
Label : RCA
7:27 PM
String Of Pearls
Artist : Glenn Miller
Album : A Memorial
Label : RCA
7:30 PM
How High The Moon
Artist : Midiri Brothers
Album : City Lights
Label : Midiri Music
7:38 PM
East Of The Sun
Artist : Tommy Dorsey w./ Frank SInatra 1940
Album : Sentimental Gentleman Of Swing-Centennial Collection
Label : RCA
7:42 PM
East Of The Sun
Artist : Frank SInatra
Album : I Remember Tommy
Label : Reprise
7:47 PM
I Love Being Here With You
Artist : The Diva Jazz Orchestra
Album : Live At Jazz At Lincoln Center
Label :
7:53 PM
Stardust
Artist : Artie Shaw
Album : Begin The Beguine
Label : RCA
7:56 PM
Stardust
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Live AT The Flamingo Jazz Club 1961
Label : Acrobat Music
8:02 PM
920 Special
Artist : Buddy Rich
Album : Big Band Shout
Label : Verve
8:06 PM
Moten Swing
Artist : Harry James
Album : Harry's Choice
Label : Capitol (vinyl)
8:13 PM
Mood Indigo
Artist : Rosemary Clooney w./ Duke Ellington
Album : Blue Rose
Label : Columbia
8:19 PM
Viva Tirado
Artist : Gerald Wilson
Album : Moment Of Truth
Label : Pacific Jazz
8:26 PM
Tuxedo Junction
Artist : Erskine Hawkins
Album : RCA/Bluebird Single
Label : RCA/Blubird
8:29 PM
Tuxedo Junction
Artist : Manhattan Transfer
Album : Manhattan Transfer Live
Label : Atlantic
8:33 PM
Sunday Kind Of Love
Artist : Claude Thornhill w./ Fran Warren-vocal
Album : Best Of The Big Bands
Label : Columbia
8:38 PM
Moody’s Mood For Love
Artist : Dave Lalama Big Band
Album : The Hofstra Project
Label : N/A
8:47 PM
Don’t Be That Way
Artist : Benny Goodman
Album : A Legendary Performer
Label : RCA
8:51 PM
Don’t Be That Way
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Album : Ella & Louie Again
Label : Verve
8:57 PM
Topsy Part 2
Artist : Cozy Cole
Album : 45 RPM Single
Label : Love Records

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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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