Jazz with Bob Perkins

Monday through Thursday, 6 to 9 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. 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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The passing of Don Gardner earlier this week has his legions of loved ones and friends bewildered, because his death was both surprising and sudden.

October 1, 2018. Tony Bennett has a knack for choosing the perfect people to record with. At age 92, the crooner has five duet albums under his belt, mostly with all-star personnel. Love Is Here To Stay finds Bennett paired with his longtime friend Diana Krall, and the chemistry is magical.

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Classical music and jazz fans, we're looking for your support! The WRTI Fall Member Drive is all about coming together to champion great music on the radio and in our community. When you join as a sustaining member or increase your current monthly contribution, WRTI's staff will buy a recorder for a child  in the School District of Philadelphia! Sign up online or call 1-866-809-9784.

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Sep 22, 2018

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August 27, 2018.  Karrin Allyson has long been known for her on point phrasing, and her impeccable treatment of standards.  But here, on her new release Some of That Sunshine, its her originals that are the main attraction, along with some amazing guest artists.  Drummer Jeff Jennings makes a cameo on a few tunes, along with violinist Regina Carter, and saxophonist Houston Person.

Louis Armstrong was to jazz what Einstein was to physics, King to Civil Rights, Shakespeare to comedy and tragedy, and Oprah to televised entertainment. He taught the trumpet to do things the instrument didn't know it was capable of doing, and he could turn a song upside down with that deep, gravelly voice.

July 30, 2018.  Satchmo. Dippermouth. Pops. All nicknames used to address one of the most influential artists in jazz history—Louis Armstrong.  To honor the anniversary of Armstrong’s birth in New Orleans on August 4, 1901, Verve Records is releasing an amazing four-disc set showcasing the legend’s unique vocal style.  Pops Is Tops: The Verve Studio Albums is truly tops!

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Saxophonist and composer Daniel Bennett first showed interest in his instrument when his sister brought him to see a high school jazz ensemble when he was nine years old. Now he's an active performer on the New York jazz scene; his ensemble the Daniel Bennett Group was recently voted “Best New Jazz Group” at the New York Hot House Awards.

State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery County) and his wife Sheryl Lee Ralph will honor local jazz musical legends at their 3rd annual Jazz Legacy Awards, which takes place on July 27th from 12 noon to 2 PM at the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, 738 S. Broad St. in Philadelphia.

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