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


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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