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

June 16, 2013

9:06 AM
Too Young To Go Steady
Artist : Fred Wackenhut w./ Larry McKenna
Album : This I Dig Of You
Label : Art Of Life Records
9:13 AM
Come Sunday
Artist : Pat Martino
Album : Timeless
Label : Savoy
9:23 AM
In Your Own Sweet Way
Artist : Dave Brubeck And His Sons
Album : In Their Own Sweet Way
Label : Telarc
9:31 AM
Sometimes I’m Happy
Artist : Freddy Cole
Album : This And That
Label : High Note
9:37 AM
Put On A Happy Face
Artist : Jay Hoggard
Album : Overview
Label : Muse
9:46 AM
Easy Living
Artist : Joshua Redman
Album : Walking Shadows
Label : Nonesuch Records
9:51 AM
All Blues
Artist : Ray Bryant Trio
Album : All Blues
Label : Pablo
10:02 AM
Girl Talk
Artist : Dave Siebels
Album : Dave Siebels w./ Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band
Label : N/A
10:08 AM
Make The Man Love Me
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : For Those In Love
Label : Emarcy
10:16 AM
Street Of Dreams
Artist : Wynton Marsalis w./ Ellis Marsalis
Album : Standard Time Vol 3/ Resolution Of Romance
Label : Columbia
10:20 AM
Sultry Serenade
Artist : Ellis & Delfeyo Marsalis
Album : The Marsalis Family..A Jazz Celebration
Label : Marsalis Music
10:27 AM
When The World Was Young
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Jazz In Paris
Label : Gitanes
10:33 AM
Look To The Sky
Artist : Trio Da Paz
Album : Somewhere
Label : Blue Toucan Music
10:41 AM
Wonder Why
Artist : The Jazztet
Album : Big City Sounds
Label : Argo
10:47 AM
Cheek To Cheek
Artist : New York Trio
Album : Always
Label : Venus
10:55 AM
For Once In My Life
Artist : Jimmy Scott
Album : Lost And Found
Label : Rhino Records
11:03 AM
Song For My Father
Artist : Horace SIlver
Album : Song For My Father
Label : Blue Note
11:11 AM
The Eighth Day
Artist : Phil Moore III & The Afro Latin Soultet
Album : Afro Brazil Oba
Label : Tower Records
11:14 AM
Don’t Misunderstand
Artist : Houston Person
Album : To Etta With Love
Label : High Note Records
11:18 AM
Emily
Artist : Warren Wolf
Album : Warren Wolf
Label : Mack Avenue Records
11:29 AM
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
Artist : Nat & Natalie Cole
Album : Still Unforgettable
Label : Atco Records
11:32 AM
I Remember You
Artist : The Jazz Professors
Album : Do That Again
Label : Flying Horse Records
11:37 AM
I Get Along Without You Very Well
Artist : Steve Rudolph Trio
Album : Daydream
Label : Pa-Ct Records
11:46 AM
Here Am I
Artist : Donald Byrd
Album : Byrd In Hand
Label : Blue Note
11:54 AM
Jeannine
Artist : Swingadelic
Album : The Other Duke
Label : Zoho Records
12:06 PM
I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Brown And Roach Incorporated
Label : Emarcy
12:13 PM
Moody’s Mood For Love
Artist : Annie Ross
Album : Annie Ross & Pony Poindexter
Label : BASF Records (vinyl)
12:21 PM
In A Mellow Tone
Artist : Bucky & John Pizzarelli
Album : Swinging Sevens
Label : Stash Records
12:24 PM
Moonlight In Vermont
Artist : Aaron Diehl
Album : The Bespoke Man's Narrative
Label : Mack Avenue
12:34 PM
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Artist : ’Papa’ John DeFrancesco
Album : A Philadelphia Story
Label : Savant Records
12:41 PM
On And On
Artist : Jeff Hamilton Trio
Album : Sparkle
Label : Capri Records
12:50 PM
Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid
Artist : Lester Young
Album : The Alladin Sessions
Label : Blue Note
12:56 PM
With The Wind And Rain In Your Hair
Artist : Tal Farlow
Album : Tal Farlowe '78
Label : Concord Jazz

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