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

October 21, 2013

6:06 PM
Bye Bye Blackbird
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Round About Midnight
Label : Columbia
6:14 PM
My Ideal
Artist : Jon Davis
Album : One Up Front
Label : Posi-Tone Records
6:20 PM
Things Were Done Yesterday
Artist : Warren Wolf
Album : Wolfgang
Label : Mack Avenue Records
6:26 PM
What’s New
Artist : George Benson
Album : Giblet Gravy
Label : Verve Records
6:34 PM
Blues After Dark
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Greatest Trumpet Of Them All
Label : Verve
6:40 PM
Night In Tunisia
Artist : Chicago Jazz Orchestra v./ Cyrille Aimee
Album : Burstin' Out
Label : Origin Records
6:49 PM
Breakfast AT Tiffany’s
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : A Tribute To Henry Mancini
Label : Episode Records
6:55 PM
Skylark
Artist : Terell Stafford
Album : Centripetal Force
Label : Candid
7:03 PM
Tis Autumn
Artist : David Sills
Album : Blue's The New Autumn
Label : Gut String Records
7:11 PM
Autumn In New York
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Solitude
Label : Verve
7:22 PM
Back From The Gig
Artist : Horace Parlan
Album : Happy Frame Of Mind
Label : Blue Note
7:23 PM
Sleepin’ Bee
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Jazz House
Label : Milestone
7:29 PM
Tenderly
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Jazz Round Midnight
Label : Verve
7:34 PM
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
Artist : Bobby Hutcherson
Album : For Sentimental Reasons
Label : Kind Of Blue Records
7:42 PM
Good Bait
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Night In Tunisia--Signature Series
Label : Bluebird/Legacy
7:45 PM
I Let A Song go Out Of My Heart
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie & Stan Getz
Album : Diz & Getz Together
Label :
7:53 PM
East OF The Sun
Artist : Christian McBride Trio
Album : Out Here
Label : Mack Avenue
8:02 PM
My Little Brown Book
Artist : John Coltrane & Duke Ellington
Album : Duke Ellington/John Coltrane
Label : Impulse
8:08 PM
A Nightingale Sand In Berkeley Square
Artist : Sacha
Album : NY After Dark
Label : 100% Organic Jazz Music
8:16 PM
Night And Day
Artist : Wallace Roney
Album : Standard Bearer
Label : Warner Brothers
8:23 PM
All Blues
Artist : Ray Bryant
Album : All Blues
Label : Pablo Records
8:35 PM
No More Blues
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Dizzy On The French Riviera
Label : Phillips
8:48 PM
Angela
Artist : Ben Wolfe
Album : From Here I See
Label : MaxJazz
8:55 PM
I’m Glad There Is You
Artist : Johnny Griffin
Album : The Congregation
Label : Blue Note

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Creatively Speaking
9:56 am
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.

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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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
1:31 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return

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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