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.

Scroll down to see recent playlists.

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July 27, 2014

9:06 AM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : Christian McBride-Hank Jones
Album : West Of 5th
Label : Chesky
9:12 AM
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Artist : Guitar Trio
Album : Live At The Deer Head Inn
Label : Deer Head
9:19 AM
I Fall In Love Too Easily
Artist : Warren Vache
Album : My Shining Hour
Label : Nagel Heyer
9:24 AM
Artist : Shirley Horn
Album : May The Music Never EAnd
Label : Verve
9:49 AM
Darn That Dream
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
9:55 AM
Bird Of Paradise
Artist : Charlie Parker
Album : Bird
Label : Savoy
10:00 AM
Artist : Gary Burton
Album : Gary Burton And Friends
Label : Concord
10:09 AM
The Duke
Artist : Barney Kessel
Album : Some Like It Hot
Label : Real Gone
10:15 AM
All Blues
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : I Love Being Here With You
Label : Concord
10:21 AM
Along Came Betty
Artist : Jazz Messengers
Album : Moanin'
Label : Blue Note
10:29 AM
Artist : Christy Baron
Album : Take This Journey
Label : Chesky
10:33 AM
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Art Of The Ballad
Label : Prestige
10:41 AM
If I Should Lose You
Artist : Marian Petrescu
Album : Body And Soul
Label : Hot Club
10:50 AM
Shadow Of Your Smile
Artist : Eddie Harris
Album : Best Of Eddie Harris
Label : Atlantic
10:56 AM
The Heather On The Hill
Artist : Russell Malone
Album : Look Who's Here
Label : Verve
11:01 AM
You Must Believe In Spring
Artist : Marianne Metheny-Katz
Album : Somewhere In Paradise
Label : Marianne Metheny-Katz
11:08 AM
Nica’s Dream
Artist : lue Mitchell
Album : Blue Soul
Label : Riveside
11:17 AM
High Fly
Artist : Benny Golson-Art Farmer Jazztet
Album : The Jazztet
Label : Jazz Dynamics
11:23 AM
A Street Car Named Desire
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : 'Round Midnight
Label : Fantasy
11:31 AM
Close Your Eyes
Artist : Arthur Prysock
Album : Compact Jazz
Label : Verve
11:34 AM
When You Wish Upon A Star
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Soul Summit
Label : Prstige
11:38 AM
Basin Street
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Blue Miles
Label : Columbia
11:49 AM
Artist : Patrick Williams
Album : Aurora
Label : Reel One
11:56 AM
Moonlight In Vemont
Artist : Johnny Samith
Album : Complete Roost Recordings
Label : Roost
12:06 PM
Stella By Starlight
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Walk On
Label : Telarc
12:14 PM
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Capitol recorddings 1960-1976
Label : Capitol
12:18 PM
I’ll Never Be The Same
Artist : Larry McKenna
Album : Larry McKenna From All Sides
Label : Larry McKenna
12:24 PM
Whisper Not
Artist : Hendrilk Meurkens
Album : View From Manhattan
Label : Concord
12:30 PM
Artist : Singes Unlimited
Album : Magic Voices
Label : MPS
12:36 PM
Body And Soul
Artist : Eddie Davis
Album : Best Of Eddie Davis
Label : Prestige
12:40 PM
Days Of Wine And Roses
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
12:46 PM
Stockholm Sweetnin’
Artist : Quincy Jones
Album : This Is How I Feel About Jazz
Label : Reel Gone
12:52 PM
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Dreamsville
Label : Verve
12:55 PM
BP With The GM
Artist : Eddie Morgan
Album : BP With The GM
Label : Eddie Morgan


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