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 24, 2013

9:00 AM
Alfie
Artist : Russell Malone
Album : Look Who's Here
Label : Verve
9:08 AM
Flamingo
Artist : Jimmy Smith w./ Lee Morgan
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
9:18 AM
A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Hello Herbie
Label : MPS Records
9:26 AM
It Shouldn’t Happen In A Dream
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Soft Lights
Label : High Note
9:37 AM
When You WIsh Upon A Star
Artist : Bill Evans w./ Freddie Hubbard
Album : Interplay
Label : Riverside
9:43 AM
Until I Met You
Artist : Tony Bennett
Album :
Label : Columbia
9:47 AM
You’ve Changed
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Doin' Alright
Label : Blue Note
9:55 AM
Celia
Artist : George Shearing
Album : Walkin'...Live At The Blue Note
Label : Telarc
9:55 AM
Celia
Artist : George Shearing
Album : Walkin'...Live At The Blue Note
Label : Telarc
10:01 AM
Coffee Walk
Artist : Dave Bailey Quintet
Album : 2 Feet In The Gutter
Label : Epic (vinyl)
10:16 AM
Everytime We Say Goodbye
Artist : Fred Hersh
Album : "ETC"
Label : Red Records
10:23 AM
You Must Believe In Spring
Artist : Carolyn Leonhart
Album : Tides Of Yesterday
Label : Savant
10:30 AM
Blueport
Artist : Gerry Mulligan Quartet
Album : What Is There To Say
Label : Columbia
10:38 AM
Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : A Tribute To Henry Mancini
Label : Episode Records
10:48 AM
That’s All
Artist : Lester Young & Harry "Sweets" Edison
Album : Pres And Sweets
Label : Verve
10:52 AM
The Way You Look Tonight
Artist : Barbara Carroll
Album : All In Fun
Label : After 9 Records
11:02 AM
Body And Soul
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Quintessential Billie Holiday Vol. 8
Label : Columbia
11:05 AM
Georgia On My Mind
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Quintessential Billie Holiday Vol. 9
Label : Columbia
11:10 AM
Blues By Five
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Cookin'
Label : Prestige
11:19 AM
On A Misty Night
Artist : Peter Bernstein
Album : Something's Burnin'
Label : Criss Cross Jazz
11:29 AM
Someone To Watch Over Me
Artist : The Great Jazz Trio
Album : Love For Sale
Label : Inner City Records
11:36 AM
I Fall In Love Too Easily
Artist : Giacomo Gates
Album : Miles Tones
Label : Savant
11:44 AM
Goin’ Home
Artist : Ike Quebec
Album : Bossa Nova Soul Samba
Label : Blue Note
11:49 AM
Nilson Matta
Artist : Samba De Orfeu
Album : Black Orpheus
Label : Motema
11:54 AM
Domino
Artist : Art Farmer-Benny Golson Jazztet
Album : Another Git Together
Label : Mercury
12:07 PM
It Might As Well Be Spring
Artist : King Pleasure
Album : Songs That Made The Phone Light Up
Label : 32 Jazz
12:11 PM
Some Other Spring
Artist : Ben Webster w./ Strings
Album : Music For Loving
Label : Verve
12:18 PM
Why Was I Born?
Artist : Mike LeDonne Quintet
Album : 'Bout Time
Label : Criss Cross Jazz
12:25 PM
Blues For Davis Alexander
Artist : Mark Whitfield
Album : True Blue
Label : Verve
12:35 PM
Still Time
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Round Midnight Soundtrack
Label : Columbia
12:39 PM
I’ve Never Been In Love Before
Artist : Rich Thompson
Album : Less Is More
Label : Origin Records
12:50 PM
Taking A Chance On Love
Artist : Anita O’Day
Album : Anita Sings The Most
Label : Verve
12:53 PM
Star Eyes
Artist : Don Friedman Trio
Album : Timeless
Label : 441 Records

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