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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July 21, 2013

9:06 AM
Where Can I Go WIthout You?
Artist : Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden
Album : Jasmine
Label : ECM Records
9:14 AM
Artist : Joshua Redman
Album : Walking Shadows
Label : Nonesuch
9:23 AM
Sunrise Blues
Artist : Red Norvo
Album : Just A Mood...Small Bands
Label : Bluebird
9:33 AM
Upper Manhattan Medical Group
Artist : Art Farmer
Album : Something To Live For
Label : Contemporary Records
9:38 AM
Until I Met You
Artist : Joe Williams
Album : Have A Good Time
Label : Roulette
9:46 AM
Spring Can Really Hang You Up
Artist : Caalvin Keys
Album : An Evening With Calvin Keys
Label : Lifeforce Jazz
9:52 AM
Mr. Bow Tie
Artist : Ron Carter Trio
Album : Mr. Bow Tie
Label : Blue Note
10:00 AM
When I Fall In Love
Artist : Rod McGaha
Album : Preacherman
Label : Compass Records
10:05 AM
Travelin’ Light
Artist : Lavern Butler
Album : Love Lost And Found Again
Label : High Note
10:11 AM
Artist : Lionel Hampton Quartet
Album : Complete Lionel Hampton Quartets And Quintets
Label : Verve
10:18 AM
Now See How You Are
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Introducing Kenny Burrell
Label : Blue Note
10:24 AM
My Ideal
Artist : Jon Davis Trio
Album : One Up Front
Label : Positone Records
10:31 AM
Song For Tarif
Artist : Stephen Scott
Album : The Beautiful Thing
Label : Verve
10:37 AM
All Of You
Artist : Joanna Pascale
Album : N/A
Label : N/A
10:47 AM
A Child Is Born
Artist : Jon Faddis
Album : Legacy
Label : Concord Jazz
10:54 AM
Artist : Gary Burton & Friends
Album : Departure
Label : Concord
11:03 AM
Touch Of Your Lips
Artist : Jon Mayer
Album : Nightscape
Label : Reservoir
11:09 AM
Falling In Love WIth Love
Artist : Helen Merrill
Album : Helen Merrill
Label : Emarcy
11:16 AM
You Go To My Head
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Complete Recordings Of Paul Desmond Quartet With Jim Hall
Label : Mosaic
11:22 AM
Artist : Winston Byrd
Album : Soul Searchin'
Label : D.Y.P. Limited
11:28 AM
Ja Era
Artist : Kenny Barron
Album : Kenny Barron & The Brazilian Knights
Label : Sunnyside Records
11:32 AM
You Taught My Heart To SIng
Artist : Bootsie Barnes
Album : Boppin' Round The Corner
Label : N/A
11:42 AM
How High The Moon
Artist : Nat Cole Trio
Album : Complete Nat COle Trio Recordings Onh Capitol
Label : Mosaic
11:47 AM
Tis Autumn
Artist : Bob Dorough
Album : Better Than Anything
Label : Focus (vinyl)
11:53 AM
Sword Of Whispers
Artist : Joe Locke Quartet
Album : Sticks And Strings
Label : Jazz Eyes Records
12:08 PM
Artist : Teddy Charles & Wardell Gray w./ Sonny Clark
Album : Wardell Gray memorial ALbum Vol. 1
Label : Prestige
12:11 PM
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Artist : Sonny Clark Trio
Album : Sonny Clark Trio
Label : Blue Note
12:19 PM
A Handful Of Stars
Artist : Serge Chaloff
Album : Blue Serge
Label : Capitol
12:25 PM
What Is There To Say
Artist : Sonny Rollins w./ Sonny Clark
Album : The Sound Of Sonny
Label : Riverside
12:33 PM
Blue Minor
Artist : Sonny Clark
Album : Cool Struttin'
Label : Blue Note
12:46 PM
Artist : Lee Morgan w./ Sonny Clark
Album : Candy
Label : Bblue Note
12:54 PM
Moon River
Artist : Grant Green w./ Sonny Clark
Album : Complete Quartet Recordings with Sonny Clark
Label : Blue Note


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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