Sunday Jazz Brunch with Bob Perkins

Sunday, 9:00 am To 1:00 pm

"B.P. with the G.M." (Bob Perkins with the Good Music) brings his swinging weeknight approach to Sunday brunch time. Four hours of genuine jazz will put a smile on your face and make you a regular listener.

September 23, 2019. Imagine Sting playing just one more sold-out gig with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers as The Police. Or maybe Alexander Hamilton and George Washington getting together to teach the new country they built how to say goodbye, just "one last time."

April 29, 2019. Late last year, trumpeter Joe Magnarelli released his latest record, If You Could See Me Now. Curious title—might Magnarelli have been slyly foreshadowing his forthcoming appearance on WRTI’s VuHaus series? Anything’s possible. Though it’s much more plausible that the album takes its name from the iconic tune Tadd Dameron composed for Sarah Vaughan in 1946.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and WRTI is celebrating throughout the month with music that showcases one of the most magical and innovative years of jazz—1959, which was 60 years ago.

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Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best-known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word. But he was a music lover, too, and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians.

In his 50th year on the radio in Philadelphia, WRTI Jazz Host Bob Perkins (BP with the GM) is sharing his story with anyone who'll lend him their "finely tuned ears." He's the guest speaker at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia on Friday, February 22 at 3 PM. It's a free event, and open to the public.

Roy Hargrove, an incisive trumpeter who embodied the brightest promise of his jazz generation, both as a young steward of the bebop tradition and a savvy bridge to hip-hop and R&B, died on Friday night in New York City. He was 49.

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.

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.

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