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A BP Special! A Night Honoring a Bossa-Innovator and a Boss Tenor, Feb. 2, 6 to 9 PM

Tune in to WRTI on February 2nd as Bob Perkins celebrates two jazz greats!

What do you get when you put together a hard-driving percussive Bebop saxophonist with a lyrical, warm Cool Jazz saxophonist?  Sonny Stitt and Stan Getz, of course! February 2nd marks the birth of both of these giants of jazz, and Bob Perkins is getting set to celebrate.

Stitt and Getz both arrived on the jazz scene in the mid 1940s. And both went through numerous assignments in big bands and combos as they continued developing their unique jazz voices.  

Stitt started as an alto saxophonist in the '40s, and was often looked upon as imitating Charlie Parker. In 1945 he even replaced Charlie Parker in Dizzy Gillespie's big band. That comparison led him, in part, to pick up the tenor saxophone and eventually develop a more distinctive sound from Parker's.  


Getz went through the Bebop school also, developing formidable skills. He eventually became more popularly known though for Bossa Nova with hits including The Girl from Ipanema and Desafinado, winning Grammy awards for both songs.


Bob Perkins showcases the music and shares insights about both of these jazz legends on Monday, February 2 from 6 to 9 pm. Expect a stellar mix of Bossa Nova, ballads, Hard Bop, and some seldom-heard performances of Stitt and Getz performing together.