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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November 26, 2013

6:06 PM
Afternoon In Paris
Artist : Benny Golson
Album : And The Philadelphians
Label : Blue Note
6:12 PM
Artist : Grover Washington Jr.
Album : All My Tomorrows
Label : Columbia
6:20 PM
Artist : John Stein Trio
Album : Interplay
Label : Azica Records
6:25 PM
They Say It’s Wonderful
Artist : Little Jimmy Scott
Album : Falling In Love Is Wonderful
Label : Rhino
6:32 PM
The Way You Look Tonight
Artist : Barbara Carroll
Album : All In Fun
Label : After 9 Records
6:38 PM
In Your Own Sweet Way
Artist : Phil Woods
Album : Warm Woods
Label : Portrait
6:48 PM
My Ideal
Artist : Wynton Marsalis
Album : Think Of One
Label : Sony
6:55 PM
How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me
Artist : Erroll Garner
Album : Concert By The Sea
Label : Columbia
7:01 PM
It’s All In TheGame
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Nice 'N' Easy
Label : High Note Records
7:05 PM
I Can’t Get Started
Artist : Herb Ellis Trio w./ Hendrick Meurkens
Album : Burnin'
Label :
7:14 PM
Beven Beeps
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Stairway To The Stars
Label : Prestige
7:19 PM
Artist : Urbie Green
Album : Urbie Green 6-Tet
Label : Command Records (Vinyl)
7:24 PM
The Touch Of Your Lips
Artist : Jon Mayer
Album : Nightscape
Label : Reservoir
7:34 PM
Black Coffee
Artist : Sonny Criss
Album : This Is Criss
Label : Prestige
7:41 PM
Good Morning Heartache
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : For Lady Day
Label : Novus
7:47 PM
Dance Of The Concubine
Artist : Russell Gunn
Album : Ethnomusicology Vol 2
Label : Justin Time Records
7:55 PM
Travelin’ Light
Artist : Shirley Scott
Album : Stompin'
Label : Prestige
8:02 PM
When Your Lover Has Gone
Artist : Oscar Peterson & Ben Webster
Album : Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson
Label : Verve
8:06 PM
This Is All I Ask
Artist : Teri Thornton
Album : Open Highway
Label : Columbia
8:11 PM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : The Essential Stan Getz
Label : Verve
8:19 PM
He Knows How Much You Can Bear
Artist : Terell Stafford
Album : New Beginnings
Label : Max Jazz Records
8:28 PM
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Legrand Jazz
Label : Columbia (vinyl)
8:33 PM
Why Try To Change Me Now
Artist : Beverly Kenney
Album : Come Swing With Me
Label : Roost
8:37 PM
How High The Moon
Artist : New York Trio (Featuring Bill Charlap)
Album : The Things We Did Last Summer
Label :
8:48 PM
Artist : Quincy Jones
Album : Quintessence
Label : Impulse
8:53 PM
Portrait In Sound
Artist : Steve Davis
Album : Portrait In Sound
Label : Stretch Records


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