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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November 24, 2013

9:06 AM
The Touch of Your lips
Artist : Jeff Lashway
Album : Reunion
Label : Random Act
9:12 AM
Portrait In Black And White
Artist : Joe Henderson
Album : Double Rainbow
Label : Verve
9:18 AM
Darn That Dream
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
9:23 AM
Misty Roses
Artist : Irene Kral
Album : Second Chance
Label : Jazzed Media
9:30 AM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : Renee Rosnes
Album : Renee Rosnes Trio
Label : Blue Note
9:38 AM
My Foolish Heart
Artist : Ali Ryerson-SteveRudolph
Album : Soul Quest
Label : PA.CT
9:46 AM
Surery With Fringe On Top
Artist : Blossom Dearie
Album : Jazz Divas Gold
Label : Verve
9:51 AM
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Angel Eyes
Label : Verv e
9:57 AM
Our Waltz
Artist : Mundel Lowe
Album : Guitar Moods
Label : Riverside
10:02 AM
All Blues
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : At Kosei Nenkin Hall, Tokyo
Label : Pablo
10:12 AM
East Of The Sun
Artist : George Robert
Album : George Robert And Metropole Orchestra
Label : Mons
10:18 AM
Until The Real Thing Comes Along
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
10:25 AM
I Thought About You
Artist : Melanie Rice
Album : This Love Of Mine
Label : Melanie Rice
10:31 AM
Dream Dasncing
Artist : Gene Ludwig
Album : Love Notes Of Cole Porter
Label : Big 0
10:39 AM
Sleepy Time Down South
Artist : Wynton Marsalis
Album : Standard Time Vol 2
Label : Columbia
10:46 AM
Artist : Ella Ftizgeald
Album : 2 Nights In Hollywood
Label : Verve
10:54 AM
I Concentrate On You
Artist : Skip Wilkins
Album : I Concentrate On You
Label : Skip Wilkins
11:01 AM
The Duke
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : Neweport 1958
Label : Fresh Sound
11:07 AM
All Or Nothing At All
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : Ballads
Label : Concord
11:14 AM
Artist : Jeff Lashway
Album : Reunion
Label : Random Act
11:20 AM
Artist : Lionel Hampton
Album : Lionel Hmaspton And Friends
Label : Telarc
11:32 AM
Gee Baby Ain’ IGood To You?
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Harry Edison
Album : Harry Edison-Oscar Peterson
Label : Pablo
11:40 AM
If You Could See Me Now
Artist : Morgana King
Album : For me, For You Forever More
Label : AVID
11:44 AM
Misty Roses
Artist : Sonny Criss
Album : Rockin' In Rhythm
Label : Prestige
11:51 AM
New Delhi
Artist : James Clay
Album : A Double Dose Of Soul
Label : Riverside
11:56 AM
Nancy With The Laughing Face
Artist : Johnny Smith
Album : Complete Johnny Smith On Royal Roost
Label : Royal Rost
12:06 PM
You And The Night And The Music
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Interplay Session
Label : Milestone
12:14 PM
I Wish You Love
Artist : Gloria Lynne
Album : Gloria Lynne's Greatest Hits
Label : Everest
12:18 PM
Speak Low
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : The Art Of John Coltrane
Label : Prestige
12:25 PM
Artist : Gene Harris
Album : Like A Lover
Label : Concord
12:31 PM
Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool
Artist : Jimmy Scott
Album : Fabulous Songs Of Jimmy Scott
Label : Savoy
12:34 PM
Whisper Not
Artist : Bobby Hutcherson
Album : Color Schemes
Label : 32 Jazz
12:43 PM
Street Of Dreams
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Love Songs
Label : Columbai
12:47 PM
In Your Own Sweet Way
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Mute Miles
Label : Prestige
12:53 PM
Woody’n You
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Bird And Diz
Label : Real Gone


Creatively Speaking
9:56 am
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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

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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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