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 13, 2013

10:00 AM
Chelsea Bridge
Artist : Gerry Mulligan-Ben Webster
Album : Ellington- Strayhorn Songbook
Label : Verve
10:07 AM
In The Still Of The Night
Artist : Bill Charlap
Album : Written In The Stars
Label : Blue Note
10:15 AM
Django
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : MJQ And Friends
Label : Atlantic
10:23 AM
Love Wants To Dance
Artist : Diane Schuur
Album : Diane Schuur Collection
Label : GRP
10:31 AM
Enchantment
Artist : Larry Vuckavitch
Album : Something Special
Label : Tetrachord
10:37 AM
Solar
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Prestige Legacy
Label : Prestige
10:42 AM
Darn That Dream
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Music For Lovers
Label :
10:50 AM
Medley
Artist : Morgana King
Album : Tender Moments
Label : 32 Jazz
10:55 AM
How Insensitive
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Soul Espanol
Label : Limelight
11:01 AM
Candy
Artist : The Jazz GAiants
Album : The Jazz Giants
Label : Verve
11:09 AM
Body And Soul
Artist : Eddie Davis
Album : Prestige Profiles"Lockjaw" Eddie Davis
Label : Pretige
11:15 AM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Cat Connor
Album : Cat Tales
Label : Cat Connor
11:23 AM
Daahoud
Artist : James Moody
Album : James Moody
Label : Priceless
11:31 AM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : Peter Weniger-And The Metropole Orchestra
Album : Peter Weniger And The Metropole Orchestra
Label : Mons
11:38 AM
Embraceable You
Artist : Don Patterson
Album : Just Friends
Label : Prestige
11:50 AM
A Train
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : The Best of the Duke Ellington Songbook
Label : Verve
11:56 AM
Memories Of You
Artist : Mundel Lowe
Album : Guitar Moods
Label : Rivreside
12:06 PM
That Old Feeling
Artist : Roy Haynes
Album : Love Letters
Label : Columbia
12:12 PM
This Is All I Ask
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Buddy De Franco
Album : Hark
Label : Pablo
12:18 PM
I’m Old Fashioned
Artist : Miss Justine
Album : Tasty
Label : Dreambox
12:23 PM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : Ted Rosenthal
Album : Out Of This World
Label : Going For Spins
12:30 PM
O Grande Amor
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Sweet Rain
Label : Verve
12:36 PM
Mood Indigo
Artist : Coleman Hawkins-Duke Ellington
Album : Ellington Meets Hawkins
Label : Impulse
12:41 PM
Line For Lyons
Artist : Lionel Hampton
Album : Lionel Hampton And Friends
Label : Telarc
12:50 PM
CHristo Redentor
Artist : Donald Byrd
Album : Best Of Blue Note
Label : Blue Note
12:55 PM
Day Dream
Artist : Sonny Criss
Album : Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn Songbook
Label : Verve
1:01 PM
Moon And Sand
Artist : Jackie Ryan
Album : This Heart Of Mine
Label : Open Art
1:07 PM
Dolphin Dance
Artist : Keystone Quartet
Album : A Love Story
Label : Milestone
1:16 PM
Home In Indiana
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : MJQ And Friends
Label : Atlantic
1:24 PM
Two For The Road
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : For The Love Of You
Label : E1
1:31 PM
I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Brown nd Roach Inc
Label : Emarcy
1:38 PM
Make Believe
Artist : Pete Symser
Album : Jerome Kern Concert
Label : Pete Smyser
1:43 PM
I’ll Be Tired Of You
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Misty
Label : Polygram
1:48 PM
Sunday
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Prestige Legacy
Label : Prestige
1:55 PM
Sister Sadie
Artist : Ray Brown/ Monty Alexander/Herb Ellis
Album : Ray Brown/Monty Alexander/Herb Ellis
Label : Concord

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Jim Hall performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
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Ella Fitzgerald sings with bandleader Chick Webb in Asbury Park, N.J., in 1938.
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Bob Perkins' first radio gig at WGPR-FM in Detroit, 1964

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Do you have any anecdotes about BP you'd like to share? Any birthday wishes? Please let Bob know in the comments section below. Thanks!

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