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 Spotlight
6:59 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Lauren Lark on Sunday Jazz with Jeff Duperon: July 27, 8:30 PM

Vocalist Lauren Lark

On Sunday, July 27th at 8:30 PM, Sunday Jazz with Jeff Duperon welcomes Lauren Lark who honed her talents of singing jazz, classical, and many genres in between with a diverse concentration on linguistics including French, Portuguese, Latin, and German at The University of The Arts and has performed at numerous venues and events worldwide.
Lauren will discuss her latest project, “A WOMAN of ONE," This musical one-woman program showcases the many talents of the Philadelphia native Lauren Lark.

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Creatively Speaking
11:44 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Octavius Catto Celebrated In Song At The Mann Center

Civil-rights activist Octavius Catto was mudered in 1871 on his way to vote.

You never know where you'll encounter composer Uri Caine - born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia, but now equally well known in jazz and classical circles around the world. But the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns found him rehearsing in yet another musical continent at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Olney.

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Classic Music and Jazz for July 3rd and 4th
1:15 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Music for Your Independence Day Holiday!

We're celebrating America's independence with American classical music during the day and nostalgic jazz at night on July 3rd and 4th. Join us!


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CD Selections
4:35 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

June Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine

Here's Nick Bewsey from ICON Magazine with a bunch of great jazz CDs to tell you about.

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WRTI Spotlight
2:18 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Jazz Pianist and Hard Bop Composer Horace Silver Dies at 85

One of my favorite Horace Silver albums

When I first heard Horace Silver play piano, I said to myself, "this fellow must have been groomed in the African America church." Not quite...but somewhat close: his mother was of Irish-African descent, and did sing in church; and his father was of Afro-Portuguese heritage.

One could detect in his unique, straight-ahead jazz style, gospel, blues, soul and funk - well before the latter adjective found its way into the music lexicon. 

Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers: Doodlin'

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WRTI Spotlight
1:22 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

BP Remembers Jazz Vocalist Jimmy Scott

Jimmy Scott

The music world - and the world at large - lost a very fine singer of standard popular songs last week when Jimmy Scott died on June 12th at age 88.

It’s surprising that the name Jimmy Scott was unknown to a good number of folks. But to those familiar with his work and his way with a song, he was a legend...and some of those who favored his work, were and are, legends in their own right: Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, and Billie Holiday, to name a few, sang his praises. The standard pop and jazz cognoscente, knew Jimmy Scott!

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Breaking News
7:25 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Legendary Pianist Horace Silver Dies At 85

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 11:22 am

Pianist Horace Silver, whose potent and catchy combination of blues, funk and Latin sounds shifted the jazz landscape in the 1950s and '60s, died Wednesday morning at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He died of natural causes, according to his son, Gregory Silver. He was 85.

As a bandleader, Horace Silver mentored some of the hottest musicians of his era. As a composer, he devised numerous jazz standards still played today.

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Bob Perkins Broadcasts From Wilmington
11:41 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

BP Kicks Off the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

Clifford Brown

Join Bob Perkins on Wednesday, June 18th at 6 pm as he broadcasts live from opening night of the 2014 Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington. The Brownie-Roach Project, an all-star quartet dedicated to honoring the memory of the festival’s namesake,  is this year's opening act.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:36 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History

Clifford Brown turned in a number of fine solos playing with bandleader Art Blakey in 1954.
Francis Wolff Courtesy of Blue Note Records

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 3:55 pm

Blue Note Records has been many things over the course of its 75 years: a label responsible for blinding jazz innovations, a home for the titans of hard bop and soul jazz, a place for smart, sly, jazz-inflected pop creations.

One constant running throughout its history is improvisation. Its records have showcased jazz soloing in every possible mood and temperament. Its artists, both the jazz legends and those journeymen who are little regarded today, have helped shape the ever-evolving notion of what a solo is and what it can be.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:06 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

Drummer Art Blakey, who recorded for Blue Note from 1954 to 1965, in the studio.
Francis Wolff Blue Note Records

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:48 pm

Blue Note Records is the kind of record label that people like to call "storied" — so celebrated and impactful that no one narrative can capture its essence. From swing to bebop and hard bop, through fusion and the avant-garde, Blue Note has been telling the story of jazz in the grooves of its records since 1939 — and for its 75th anniversary, it's releasing remastered vinyl editions of some gems from its catalog. But the real legacy of the label is too big to capture on disc.

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