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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October 29, 2012

6:06 PM
Maiden Voyage/Prologue
Artist : Westchester Jazz Orchestra
Album : Maiden Voyage Suite
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6:19 PM
Stormy Weather
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Dreamy
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6:23 PM
Tenth Lament
Artist : Sahib Shihab and The Danish Radio Jazz Group
Album : Sahib Shihab and The Danish Radio Jazz Group
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6:33 PM
Artist : Bobby Hutcherson
Album : Somewhere in The Night
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6:41 PM
Party Time
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : The Procrastinator
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6:50 PM
Isn’t It A Lovely Day
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Album : Ella & Louis
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7:06 PM
Etude Opus 8, #2
Artist : Donald Vega
Album : Spiritual Nature
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7:14 PM
Artist : Regina Carter
Album : Paganini: After a Dream
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7:19 PM
The Man With The Horn
Artist : Anita O’Day
Album : Pick Yourself Up
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7:23 PM
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Artist : Johnny Hodges
Album : Used To Be Duke
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7:30 PM
Everyday I Have The Blues
Artist : Randy Crawford & Joe Sample
Album : Live
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7:35 PM
Silver’s Blue
Artist : Horace Silver Quintet
Album : Silver's Blue
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7:43 PM
I Was Doing Alright
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Blue Moon
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7:49 PM
Morning Glory
Artist : Lee Smith
Album : Sittin' On A Secret
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7:55 PM
Lonely Moments
Artist : George Shearing
Album : I Hear Music
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8:06 PM
Bright Mississippi
Artist : Eric Reed
Album : The Baddest Monk
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8:09 PM
Farmer’s Market
Artist : Art Farmer
Album : Farmer's Market
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8:15 PM
Birk’s Works
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Birk's Works
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8:23 PM
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Full House
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8:30 PM
Dancing In The Dark
Artist : Frank Sinatra
Album : Live In Australia, 1959
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8:33 PM
Swept Away
Artist : Eliane Elias & Marc Johnson
Album : Swept Away
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8:43 PM
Sweet & Lovely
Artist : Thelonious Monk
Album : Monk's Dream
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8:51 PM
Painted On Canvas
Artist : Gregory Porter
Album : Be Good
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8:57 PM
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Giant Steps
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