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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April 28, 2013

9:00 AM
Sweet Lorraine
Artist : Ernie Andrews
Album : Hear And Now
Label : Concord
9:08 AM
Taking A Chance 0n Love
Artist : Jane Monheit
Album : Hear And Now
Label : Here And Now
9:18 AM
Lover Man
Artist : Neena Freelon
Album : Hear And Now
Label : Concord
9:28 AM
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Artist : Kevin Mahogony
Album : Her And Now
Label : Concord
9:36 AM
Speak Low
Artist : Dee dee Bridgewater
Album : Hear And Now
Label : Concord
9:46 AM
It’s All Right With Me
Artist : Rene Marie
Album : Hear and Now
Label : Concord
9:53 AM
How Sweet It Is
Artist : mICHEAL Buble
Album : Hear And Now
Label : Concord
10:00 AM
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : WRTI 60TH Anniversary CDs
Label : WRTI
10:05 AM
Saint Thomas
Artist : Sonny Rollins
Album : WRTI 60th Aniversary
Label : WRTI
10:13 AM
Artist : Bobby Timmons
Album : WRTI 6Oth Anniversary
Label : WRTI
10:24 AM
Artist : Bobby Timmons
Album : WRTI 6Oth Anniversary
Label : WRTI
10:36 AM
The Real Blues
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : WRTI 60th Anniversary
Label : WRTI
10:50 AM
Country Preacher
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : WRTI 60th Anniversary
Label : WRTI
11:00 AM
Waters Of March
Artist : Mark Murphy
Album : Stolen And Other Moments
Label : 32 Jazz
11:08 AM
Moody’s Mood For Love
Artist : Blossom Dearie-King Pleasure
Album : Classic Jazz Of The '50s
Label : Time-Life
11:15 AM
Lullabye Of Birdland
Artist : George Shearing
Album : Classic Jazz For Lovers
Label : Time-Life
11:23 AM
Moonlight In Vermont
Artist : Johnny Smith
Album : Classic Jazz Of The 50's
Label : Time-Life
11:29 AM
I’ll Remember April
Artist : Charlie Parker
Album : Classic Jazz Of The 50s
Label : Time-Life
11:34 AM
Giant Steps
Artist : John Coltane
Album : Classic Jazz Of The '50's
Label : Time-Life
11:43 AM
Let’s Call The Whole Things Off
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald-Louis Armstrong
Album : Classic Jaz Of The '50's
Label : Time-Life
11:50 AM
Artist : Benny Green-Russell Malone
Album : live At The Bistro
Label : Telarc
12:06 PM
Artist : Cedar Walton
Album : The Ltin Tinge
Label : High Note
12:19 PM
Days Of Wine And Roses
Artist : Toots Thielemans-Bill Evans
Album : Affinity
Label : Warner Brothers
12:30 PM
The Touch Of Your Lips
Artist : John Meyer
Album : Nightscape
Label : Reservoir
12:42 PM
Blue In The Dark
Artist : Dave Brubeck-Jimmy Rushing
Album : Brubeck And Rushing
Label : Columbia
12:51 PM
Along Came Betty
Artist : Pat Martino
Album : Consciousness
Label : 32 Jazz
12:58 PM
Miles Ahead
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Miles Ahead
Label : Prestige


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