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

August 18, 2013

9:06 AM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : Ted Rosenthal
Album : Out Of This World
Label : Going for Spins
9:12 AM
My Old Flame
Artist : Joe Magnarelli
Album : My Old Flame
Label : Going For Spins
9:19 AM
A Time For Love
Artist : Seve Rudolph-Ali Ryerson
Album : Soul Quest
Label : Prestige
9:26 AM
I’ll Get By
Artist : Coleman Hawkins
Album : Best Of Coleman Hawkins
Label : Prestige
9:32 AM
Whe The Sun Comes Out
Artist : Kenny Rankin
Album : A Song For You
Label : Verve
9:40 AM
All Blues
Artist : Al Grey
Album : Me And Jack
Label : Pullen
9:48 AM
Central Park West
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Central Park West
Label : Enja
9:54 AM
September Song
Artist : Johnny Hartman
Album : Bethlehem Sampler
Label : Bethlehem
10:02 AM
Flamingo
Artist : We Three
Album : Cool Again
Label : We Three
10:08 AM
Theme To Grace
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
10:12 AM
Whisper Not
Artist : Benny Golson
Album : Benny Golson's New York Scene
Label : Contemporary
10:18 AM
Besame Mucho
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : No More Blues
Label : Past Perfect
10:23 AM
Joy Spring
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : AT Newport 1957
Label : Verve
10:34 AM
Peace
Artist : West Chester Jazz Orchestra
Album : All In
Label : WJO
10:46 AM
Alone Together
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : All About My Girl
Label : Muse
10:51 AM
Blue In Green
Artist : Bille Evans
Album : Portrait In Jazz
Label : Riveside
10:56 AM
Linus ANd Lucy
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Definitive Vonce Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
11:01 AM
Motherless Child
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Feelin' The Spirit
Label : Blue Note
11:10 AM
Sweet And Lovely
Artist : Bootsie Barnes
Album : You Leave Me Breathless
Label : French Riviera
11:18 AM
I fall In Love Too Easily
Artist : Shirley Horn
Album : When Love Goes Wrong
Label : Verve
11:23 AM
Day Dream
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Duke Ellington Presents
Label : Bethlehem
11:28 AM
Along Came Betty
Artist : Jazz Messengers
Album : Moanin'
Label : Blue Note
11:35 AM
April In Paris
Artist : Jack McDuff
Album : Brotherly Love
Label : Concord
11:39 PM
When Your Lover Hass Gone
Artist : The Giants
Album : The Giants
Label : Verve
11:48 PM
Folks who Live On The Hill
Artist : Gloria Lynne
Album : Gloria Lynne's Greatest Hits
Label : Everest
11:53 PM
Star Eyes
Artist : Larry Coryell
Album : Monk, Miles, Trane And Me
Label : High Note
12:06 PM
Shadow Of Your Smile
Artist : Eddie Harris
Album : Best Of Eddie Harris
Label : Atlantic
12:12 PM
Ceora
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Best Of Lee Morgan
Label : Blue Note
12:20 PM
Indian Summer
Artist : Sarah Vaughan-Count Basie
Album : Count Basie-Sarah Vaughan
Label : Pablo
12:23 PM
Watch What Happens
Artist : Phil Woods
Album : American Songbook 2
Label : Kind Of Blue
12:36 PM
Billy Boy
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Milestones
Label : Columbia
12:44 PM
Medley
Artist : Stephane Grappelli
Album : At The Blue Note
Label : Telarc
12:52 PM
Senor Blues
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Six Pieces Of Silver
Label : Blue Note

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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.

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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

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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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4:18 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

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Jazz Appreciation Month on WRTI
11:58 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Those "I Love Jazz" Moments

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Creatively Speaking
6:04 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

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Billie Holiday (1915-1959) - Nicknamed "Lady Day" by saxophonist Lester Young

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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
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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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