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 27, 2013

6:06 PM
So I Love
Artist : Bob DeVos
Album : Playing For Keeps
Label : Savant
6:13 PM
Daydream
Artist : Onaje Allan Gumbs
Album : Return To Form
Label : Half Note
6:20 PM
Suddenly
Artist : Keystone Quartet
Album : A Love Story
Label : 32 Jazz
6:25 PM
Look For The Silver Lining
Artist : Pete Smyser
Album : Jerome Kern Concert
Label : Pete Smyser
6:30 PM
Candy
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : 12 Nights In Hollywood
Label : Verve
6:36 PM
Walk On By
Artist : Stanely Turrentine
Album : Rough And Tumble
Label : Blue Note
6:44 PM
No Greater Love
Artist : Jimmy Amadie
Album : At The Phila Museum Of Art
Label : TPR
6:52 PM
Laura
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Duke Ellington Presents
Label : Bethlehem
7:01 PM
Heather on The Hill
Artist : Russell Malone
Album : Look Who's Here
Label : Verve
7:21 PM
Just One Of Those Things
Artist : Milt Jackson-Cannonball
Album : Things Are Getting Better
Label : Riverside
7:26 PM
The Shadow Of Your Smile
Artist : Eddie Harris
Album : Best Of Eddie Harris
Label : Atlantic
7:32 PM
Never, Never Land
Artist : Jane Monheit
Album : Never, Never Land
Label : N-Coded
7:38 PM
New York On Sunday
Artist : Randy Johnson
Album : In A-Chord
Label : Muse
7:44 PM
Wave
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : THree Originals
Label : Jaz Heritage
7:44 PM
Goodnight My Love
Artist : Artjur Prysock
Album : A Double Header
Label : Old Town
7:50 PM
Whisper Not
Artist : Roy Hargrove
Album : Approaching Standards
Label : Jazz Heritage
8:00 PM
April In Paris
Artist : Super Sax and The L.A. Voices
Album : Suoersax And The L.A. Voices
Label : Columbia
8:03 PM
Sweet And Lovely
Artist : Bootsie Barnes
Album : You Leave Me Breathless
Label : French Riviera
8:10 PM
A Ballad
Artist : Stan Getz-Gerry Mulligan
Album : Getz-Mulligan In Hi-Fi
Label : Jazz Heritage
8:17 PM
Cantaloupe Island
Artist : Budesa Brothers
Album : Jazz Organ-Jazz Guitar
Label : Asalub
8:22 PM
The Right To love
Artist : Rebecca Parris
Album : A Beautiful Friendship
Label : Atenburgh
8:28 PM
Alone Together
Artist : The Three Sounds
Album : Standards
Label : Blue Note
8:31 PM
I’ll Never Smile Again
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : Live In Concert
Label : Past Perfect
8:46 PM
Deep Purple
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Duke Ellington Presents
Label : Bethlehem
8:52 PM
Lullabye Of The Leaves
Artist : Clayton Hamilton Orchestra
Album : Clayton Hamilton live at MCG
Label : mcg

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Bob Perkins' first radio gig at WGPR-FM in Detroit, 1964

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Do you have any anecdotes about BP you'd like to share? Any birthday wishes? Please let Bob know in the comments section below. Thanks!

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