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.

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November 28, 2013

6:06 PM
Ellington Medley
Artist : Peter Appleyard & The Jazz Giants
Album : The Lost 1974 Sessions
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6:14 PM
Blue Skies
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : The Irving Berlin Songbook, Vol. 2
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6:20 PM
Artist : Ray Bryant Trio
Album : Ray Bryant Trio
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6:24 PM
Straigthen Up and Fly Right
Artist : Nat King Cole
Album : The World Of Nat King Cole
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6:29 PM
I’m In The Mood For Love
Artist : Charlie Parker with Strings
Album : Charlie Parker with Strings
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6:33 PM
Dedicated To You
Artist : John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
Album : John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
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6:41 PM
Billie’s Bounce
Artist : George Benson
Album : Giblet Gravy
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6:48 PM
Peel Me A Grape
Artist : Rene Marie
Album : I Wanna Be Evil
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6:55 PM
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Porgy & Bess
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7:00 PM
Take Five
Artist : Dave Brubeck Quartet
Album : The Great Concerts
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7:07 PM
Polka Dots & Moonbeams
Artist : Cassandra Wilson
Album : Sings Standards
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7:15 PM
April In Paris
Artist : Count Basie Orchestra
Album : April In Paris
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7:18 PM
Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Artist : Betty Carter & Ray Charles
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7:24 PM
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Artist : Cecile McLorin Salvant
Album : Woman Child
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7:30 PM
Linus and Lucy
Artist : Vince Guaraldi Trio
Album : A Very Charlie Brown Christmas
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7:33 PM
Thanksgiving Theme
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : The Definitive Vince Guaraldi
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7:37 PM
Tin Tin Deo
Artist : Art Pepper
Album : Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section
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7:45 PM
So Tired
Artist : Bobby Timmons
Album : Soul Time
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7:53 PM
Them There Eyes
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 8
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7:56 PM
Since I Fell For You
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Candy
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8:03 PM
All My Tomorows
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Nice 'N' Easy
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8:08 PM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : Chico Hamilton Quintet
Album : The Original Ellington Suite
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8:15 PM
Artist : Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Album : Clifford Brown & Max Roach
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8:24 PM
Duke’s Place
Artist : Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
Album : Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
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8:31 PM
Prelude To A Kiss
Artist : Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
Album : In The Spirit Of Duke
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8:36 PM
Artist : Aretha Franklin
Album : The Queen In Waiting
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8:42 PM
There Is No Greater Love
Artist : Jimmy Amadie Trio
Album : Live! at the Philadlephia Museum Of Art
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8:50 PM
My Baby Cares For Me
Artist : Nina Simone
Album : Little Girl Blue
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8:54 PM
Cristo Redentor
Artist : Donald Byrd
Album : A New Perspective
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WRTI Spring Member Drive
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University of Pennsylvania

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:08 pm

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