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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Playlist

January 06, 2013

10:00 AM
Azurte
Artist : Oliver Nelson
Album : Nocturne
Label : Moodsville
10:07 AM
What’s New
Artist : Carl Fontana
Album : The Great Fontana
Label : Uptown
10:14 AM
Remember
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Blue Berlin
Label : Blue Note
10:19 AM
Embraceable You
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Classic Jazz For Lovers
Label : Time-Life
10:26 AM
Portrait In Black And White
Artist : Joe Henderson
Album : Double Rainbow
Label : Verve
10:34 AM
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Full House
Label : Riverside
10:40 AM
Love Letters
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Wonderful, Wonderful
Label : High Note
10:47 AM
Dreamsville
Artist : Sue Raney
Album : Music Of Henry Mancini
Label : Trend
10:53 AM
Naima
Artist : Cedar Walton
Album : Naima
Label : 32 Jazz
11:03 AM
Little Sunflower
Artist : Milt Jackson
Album : Sunflower
Label : CTI
11:13 AM
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
Artist : Cheryl Jewell
Album : My Blue Heaven
Label : Cheryl Jewell
11:18 AM
Stablemates
Artist : Stan Getz-Chet Baker
Album : Quintessesnce
Label : Concord
11:25 AM
Mood Indigo
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : After You've Gone
Label : Concord
11:37 AM
A House Is Not A Home
Artist : Christy Baron
Album : Take This journey
Label : Chesky
11:43 AM
Delilah
Artist : Clifford Brown-Max Roach
Album : Clifford Brown-Max Roach
Label : Emarcy
11:51 AM
Shadow Of Your Smile
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : Work Done
Label : High Note
11:58 AM
Miles head
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Miles Ahead
Label : Columbia
12:05 PM
Polka Dots And Moonbeams
Artist : Carl Fontana
Album : The Great Fontana
Label : Uptown
12:13 PM
Kitty
Artist : Ben Webster-Harry Edison
Album : Ben And Sweets
Label : Columbia
12:23 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Shawnn Monteiro
Album : To Carmen With Love
Label : Whaling City
12:30 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Dizzy's Diamonds
Label : Verve
12:35 PM
Up Jumped Spring
Artist : Frank Morgan
Album : Mood Indigo
Label : Antilles
12:40 PM
Where Or When
Artist : Stanley Turrentine And The Three Sounds
Album : The Blue Hour
Label : Blue Note
12:47 PM
Save Your Love For Me
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Love Songs
Label : Capitol
12:53 PM
Body And Soul
Artist : Bill Evans-Toots Thielemans
Album : Affinity
Label : Warner Brothers
1:00 PM
The Look Of Love
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : Rev-elation
Label : Sharp Nine
1:08 PM
Yesterday
Artist : Shirley Horn
Album : May The Music Never End
Label : Verve
1:12 PM
I’ll Remember April
Artist : Jim Cohen
Album : Pedal Steel Jazz
Label : Acceptable
1:21 PM
Schizophrenic Love Medley
Artist : Ella Gahant
Album : By Request
Label : Inner Fire
1:25 PM
I Thought About You
Artist : Dan Fogel
Album : 15 West
Label : Whaling Waters
1:31 PM
Time After Time
Artist : Ben Webster
Album : Warm Moods
Label : Verve
1:34 PM
Blue Gardenia
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Ultimate Dinah Washington
Label : Verve
1:40 PM
My Foolish Heart
Artist : Bobby Hutcherson
Album : Somewhere In The Night
Label : Kind Of Blue
1:50 PM
Rhapsody In Blue
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Reprise Studio Recordings
Label : Mosaic
1:55 PM
Tin Tin Deo
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Dizzy's Diamonds
Label : Verve

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