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

December 01, 2013

9:06 AM
Django
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
9:13 AM
Nuages
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Stephane Grappelli
Album : Skol
Label : Pablo
9:20 AM
That Sunday That Summer
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Coll Ladies Of Jazz
Label : ?
9:24 AM
Naima
Artist : Hendrik Meurkens
Album : View From Manhattan
Label : Concord
9:36 AM
I Want To Be Happy
Artist : Stan Getz-Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson-Stan Getz
Label : Verve
9:43 AM
Shadow Of Your Smile
Artist : Eddie Harris
Album : Bet Of Eddie Harris
Label : Atlantic
9:49 AM
I Remember Clifford
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : European Tour
Label : Label M
9:54 AM
Everything Must Change
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : By Request--Best Of Karrin Allyson
Label : Concord
10:02 AM
Lady Bird
Artist : Jon Meyer
Album : The Classics
Label : Reservoir
10:09 AM
Angel Eyes
Artist : Hank Crawford
Album : High Heat Low Flame
Label : Atlantic
10:19 AM
Wendy
Artist : Brent Jensen
Album : The Sound Of A Dry Martini
Label : Origin
10:26 AM
Lost Mind
Artist : Mose Allison
Album : The Word From Mose
Label : Atlantic
10:31 AM
The Scene Is Clean
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Defintiive Clifford rown
Label : Verve
10:37 AM
I Can’t Get Started With You
Artist : Al Grey
Album : Truly Wonderful
Label : Stash
10:45 AM
Love Me Or Leave Me
Artist : Lena Horne
Album : Classic Lena Horne
Label : RCA
10:49 AM
Sweet And Lovely
Artist : Gerry Mulligan-Thelonious Monk
Album : Mulligan Meets Monk
Label : Riverside
10:57 PM
Jordu
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Birks Works
Label : Real Gone
11:02 PM
Here, There And Everywhere
Artist : George Benson
Album : Tenderly
Label : Warner Brothers
11:08 PM
Down Fuzz
Artist : Lem Winchester-Benny Golson
Album : Winchester Special
Label : Fantasy
9:00 AM
All Blues
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : The Legacy
Label : Enja
11:27 AM
The Bad And the Beautiful
Artist : Tony Bennett-Bill Evans
Album : Together Again
Label : Rhino
11:30 AM
They say Falling In Love Is Wonderful
Artist : Sonny Stitt-Don Patterson
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Prestige
11:37 AM
Fallen Feathers
Artist : Canonball Adderley
Album : Beginnings
Label : Emarcy
11:43 AM
At last
Artist : Loretta Holloway
Album : Quietly
Label : La voce
11:47 AM
Wave
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson In Russia
Label : Pablo
11:52 AM
I Hear A Rhapsody
Artist : Zoot Sims
Album : The Innocent Years
Label : Pablo
12:00 PM
So In Love
Artist : Bob DeVos
Album : Playing For Keeps
Label : Savant
12:06 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Dizzy Gillepie
Album : Afro
Label : Real Gone
12:11 PM
The Lamp Is Low
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
12:17 PM
A Beautiful Friendship
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Montreaux 1975
Label : Pablo
12:25 PM
Sunny
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
12:31 PM
If I Had You
Artist : Stephane Grappelli-Oscar Peterson
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Gitanes
12:40 PM
Out Of Nowhere
Artist : Larry McKenna
Album : Profile
Label : Dreambox
12:45 PM
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Artist : Billy Eckstine
Album : Everything I Have Is Yours
Label : Verve
12:49 PM
On A Clear Day
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Let it Go
Label : Impulse
12:56 PM
Miles Ahead
Artist : Miles Dvis
Album : Miles Ahead
Label : Columbia

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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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