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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September 16, 2012

10:00 AM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : Peter Weniger
Album : Peter Weniger With The Metropole Orchestra
Label : Mons
10:06 AM
Watch What Happens
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : I Remember Bird
Label : Collectables
10:16 AM
Giant Steps
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Some Of My Best Friends Are The Pianists
Label : Telarc
10:23 AM
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Classic Jazz For Lovers
Label : Time-Life
10:30 AM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Art Pepper
Album : Essential Standards
Label : Time-Life
10:35 AM
Artist : Cedar Walton
Album : The Latin Tinge
Label : High Note
10:41 AM
Artist : Jie Barratt-George Mesthazy
Album : Memories Of You
Label : Barratt-Mesterhazy
10:50 AM
The Right To Love
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
10:53 AM
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : Jazz, Red Hot And Cool
Label : Columbia
11:01 AM
What Am I Hear For
Artist : Marty Paich
Album : Moanin'
Label : Discovery
11:06 AM
Children Of The Night
Artist : Tony Scott
Album : Triumphant Sax
Label : GRP
11:12 AM
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Classic Jazz For Overs
Label : Time-Life
11:17 AM
Moon And Sand
Artist : Randy Napoleon
Album : Between Friends
Label :
11:23 AM
Yours Is My Heart Alone
Artist : Gene Harris
Album : Gene Harris Trio, Plus One
Label : Concord
11:32 AM
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : 12 Nights In Hollywood
Label : Verve
11:37 AM
Embraceable You
Artist : Don Patterson
Album : Just Friends
Label : Prestige
11:50 AM
Artist : Stephane Grappelli
Album : Stephane Grappelli Plays Jerome Kern
Label : Just A Memory
11:55 AM
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Jazz Signatures
Label : Concord
12:06 PM
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Memories Of Thelonious Sphere Monk
Label : Pablo
12:19 PM
All Blues
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : I Love Being Here With You
Label : Concord
12:28 PM
My Foolish Heart
Artist : Hendrik Meurkens
Album : New York Nights
Label : A Records
12:35 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson's Finest Hour
Label : Verve
12:42 PM
You Are To Beautiful
Artist : John Coltrane-Johnny Hartman
Album : Classic Jazz For Lovers
Label : Time Life
12:47 PM
The End Of A Love Affair
Artist : Steve Rudolph-Ali Ryerson
Album : Soul Quest
Label : PA.CT
12:53 PM
Love Man
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : The Cooker
Label : Blue Note
1:06 PM
Indian Summer
Artist : Bob Keller
Album : it's About Time
Label : Brown Cats
1:13 PM
Giant Steps
Artist : Tyrone Bown
Album : Moon Of The Falling Leaves
Label : Dreambox
1:19 PM
Artist : Mel Torme
Album : Best Of The Concord Years
Label : Concord
1:24 PM
No Greater Love
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Miles Davis Quintet
Label : Prestige
1:31 PM
On A Misty Night
Artist : Gene Ludwig
Album : Soul Serenade
Label : Loose Leaf
1:37 PM
If I Had You
Artist : Joe Barratt-George Mesterhazy
Album : Memories Of You
Label : Barratt-Mesterhazy
1:44 PM
I’ll Be Around
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Misty
Label : Polygram
1:51 PM
Artist : Eddie Davis-Zoot Sims
Album : Tenor Giants With Oscar Peterson
Label : Pablo


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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
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4:22 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

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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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4:18 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

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11:58 am
Wed April 2, 2014

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Creatively Speaking
6:04 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Remembering The Sensational Billie Holiday

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:34 am
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Chuck Stewart Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

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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

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