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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Playlist

March 03, 2013

9:00 AM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : Antoine Silvereman
Album : Blue Moods
Label : Hillsboro
9:06 AM
Day Dream
Artist : Onaje Allan Gumbs
Album : Return To Form
Label : Half Note
9:15 AM
Do Nothng Till You Hear From Me
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Very Bet Of The Duke Ellington Songbook
Label : Verve
9:23 AM
Without A Song
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Never Let Me Go
Label : Blue Note
9:29 AM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : Ted Rosenthal
Album : Out Of This World
Label : Going For Spins
9:35 AM
A Time For Love
Artist : Jackie Ryan
Album : Listen Here
Label : Open Art
9:41 AM
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
Artist : Dorothy Ashby
Album : In A Minor Groove
Label : Prestige
9:46 AM
Quintessence
Artist : Phil Woods
Album : This Is How I Feel About Quincy
Label : Jazzed Media
9:51 AM
It Could Happen To You
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Relaxing With The Miles Dasvis Quintet
Label : Prestige
10:02 AM
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
Artist : Max Roach
Album : Jazz In Three Quarter Time
Label : Emarcy
10:09 AM
Star Eyes
Artist : Miss Justine
Album : The Many Moods Of Miss Justine
Label : Dreambox
10:15 AM
I Remember Clifford
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Ray Brown-Milt Jackson
Album : Very Tall Band
Label : Telarc
10:23 AM
As Long As There’s Music
Artist : JohnnySmith
Album : The Sound Of The Johnny Smith Guitar
Label : Roulette
10:28 AM
When You Walked In The Room
Artist : Arthur Prysock
Album : Jazz Round Midnight
Label : Verve
10:32 AM
My Foolish Heart
Artist : Steve Rudolph-Ali Ryerson
Album : Soul Quest
Label : PA.CT
10:42 AM
A Train
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Classic Jazz
Label : Time-Life
10:46 AM
I’ ll Get By
Artist : Coleman Hawkins
Album : Best Of Coleman Hawkins
Label : Prestige
10:54 AM
Sweet Georgia Brown
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : soular Energy
Label : Concord
11:03 AM
Enchantment
Artist : Larry Vuckavitch
Album : Somethng Special
Label : Tetrachord
11:10 AM
Summertime
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Ballad Essentials
Label : Concord
11:15 AM
Loolipops And Roses
Artist : John Swana
Album : Philly-New York Junction
Label : Criss Cross
11:24 AM
Laura
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Fourmost Return
Label : Milestone
11:37 AM
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Artist : Billy Eckstine
Album : All Of My Life
Label : Jasmine
11:40 AM
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Artist : Plas Johnson-Red Holloway
Album : Keep the Groove Going
Label : Milestone
11:47 AM
Just One Of Those Things
Artist : Art Tatum
Album : Best of Art Tatum Pablo Group Sessions
Label : Pablo
11:55 AM
I’m Glad There Is You
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : Sketches On Standards
Label : cAPITOPL
12:01 AM
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : Work Done
Label : High Note
12:06 AM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Cat Conner
Album : Car Tales
Label : Cat Connor
12:21 AM
Summer Samba
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : The Lamp Is Low
Label : Four Star
12:29 AM
Exodus
Artist : Eddie Harris
Album : EddieHarris Anthology
Label : Atlantic
12:35 AM
Mixed Emotions
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Ultimate Dinah Washington
Label : Verve
12:41 AM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Out Of Nowhere
Label : Pacific Jazz
12:47 AM
I Fall In Love Too Easily
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Ballads
Label : Roulette
12:50 AM
Green Dolphjin Street
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark
Label : Blue Note
12:57 AM
Contrasts
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Complete Reprise Studio Sessions
Label : Mosaic

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