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

March 10, 2013

9:00 AM
Naima
Artist : Cedar Wallton
Album : Naima
Label :
9:08 AM
How Am I To Know
Artist : Scott Hamilton-Harry Allen
Album : 'Round Midnight
Label : Challenge
9:17 AM
Close Enough For Love
Artist : Vanessa Rubin
Album : Vanessa Rubin Sings
Label : Novus
9:25 AM
Young And Foolish
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : Rev-Elation
Label : Sharp Nine
9:34 AM
Angel Eyes
Artist : Howard Roberts
Album : The Real Howard Roberts
Label : Concord
9:34 AM
I Thought About You
Artist : Carl Fontana
Album : The Real Fontana
Label : Uptown
9:43 PM
Django
Artist : Modern Jazz Quartet
Album : Django
Label : Pretige
10:00 PM
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Artist : Nina Simone
Album : The Amazing Nina Simone
Label : Bethlehem
10:05 AM
All Blues
Artist : Larry Coryell
Album : Monk, Miles, Trane And Me
Label : High Note
10:13 AM
I Hear A Rhpsody
Artist : Jesse Davis
Album : High Standards
Label : Concord
10:22 AM
Love Man
Artist : Buddy De Franco-Art Tatum
Album : Tatum Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
10:29 PM
Medley
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Great American Songbook
Label : Atlantic
10:39 PM
Road Song
Artist : Wes Montgomery-Jimmy Smith
Album : The Dynamic Duo
Label : Verve
10:46 PM
The Meaning Of The Blues
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : Standards In Silhouette
Label : Capitol
10:54 AM
I Love You
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Jazz Giants Play Cole Porter
Label : Prestige
11:01 AM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Walk On
Label : Telarc
11:08 AM
Stolen Moments-Whisper Not
Artist : Lou Lanza
Album : Corner Pocket
Label : J-Bird
11:17 AM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : George Mraz
Album : Duke's Place
Label : Milestone
11:23 AM
Yesterday
Artist : Shirley Horn
Album : May The Music Never End
Label : Verve
11:29 AM
You Don’t Know What Love Is
Artist : Dominic Fananacci
Album : Dawn Of Goodbye
Label : E 1
11:33 AM
I Should Care
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
11:44 AM
I’ll Remember April
Artist : Jim Cohen
Album : Pedal Steel Jazz
Label : Acceptable
11:52 AM
My Ship
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Isn't It Romanctic
Label : Koch
12:12 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Holiday For Lovers
Label : Verve
12:18 PM
For Heaven’s Sake Let’s Fall In Love
Artist : Billy Holiday
Album : Lady In Satin
Label : Columbia
12:22 PM
Paris Blues
Artist : Scott Hmilton
Album : Organic Duke
Label : Concord
12:28 PM
Stella By Starlight
Artist : Ben Webster
Album : Warm Moods
Label : Reprise
12:32 PM
Love Letters
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Wonderful, Wonderful
Label : High Note
12:39 PM
Maybe You’ll Be There
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Close To You
Label : Roulette
12:43 PM
I Remember You
Artist : Phil Woods
Album : American Songbook 2
Label : Kimd Of Blue
12:49 PM
Summer Serenade
Artist : Art Farmer
Album : Art Farmer And The Jazz Giants
Label : Prestige
12:55 PM
From This Moment On
Artist : Eddie Davis-Johnny Griffin
Album : Jazz Giants Play Cole Porter
Label : Prestige

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