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

July 07, 2013

9:06 AM
They Say Falling In Love Is Wonderful
Artist : Sonny Stitt-Don Patterson
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Prestige
9:13 AM
Moon And Sand
Artist : Randy Napoleon
Album : Between Friends
Label : Azira
9:20 AM
Tangier
Artist : Carol Robbins
Album : Jazz Play
Label : Jazz Cats
9:25 AM
Early Autumn
Artist : Vanessa Rubin
Album : The Language Of Love
Label : Telarc
9:33 AM
Portrait In Sound
Artist : Joe Henderson
Album : Double Rainbow
Label : Verve
9:39 AM
Flamingto
Artist : Pete Colangelo-Larry McKenna
Album : Horn Talk
Label : McKenna-Colangelo
9:45 AM
People
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Ella In Budapest
Label : Pablo
9:50 AM
Green Dolphin Street
Artist : Maureen Choi
Album : Maureen Choi Quartet
Label : Maureen Choi
9:56 AM
Strollin’
Artist : Blue Mitchell
Album : Smooth As The Wind
Label : Original Jazz Classsic Sampler
10:01 AM
Sunrise, Sunset
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Delightfulee
Label : Blue Note
10:07 AM
Bluesette
Artist : Mary Louise Knutson
Album : In The Bubble
Label : Blue Note
10:16 AM
Prelude To A kiss
Artist : Morgana King
Album : A taste Of Honey
Label : Mainstream
10:20 AM
The Tocuh Of Your Lips
Artist : Eddie Daniels
Album : Mean What You Say
Label : IPO
10:26 AM
Delilah
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Complete Wes Montgomery On Rivereside
Label : Riverside
10:35 AM
Duke Ellington Medley By Billy Eckstine
Artist : Quincy Jones
Album : Jazz 'Round Midnight
Label : Verve
10:46 AM
Love Letters
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Hustlin'
Label : Blue Note
10:54 AM
I Love You
Artist : Jackie McLean
Album : Blue Note Plays Cole Porter
Label : Blue Note
11:02 AM
Motherless Child
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Feelin' The Spirit
Label : Blue Note
11:11 AM
Lullabye Of The Leaves
Artist : Mary Stallings
Album : Manhattan Moods
Label : Concord
11:16 AM
This I Dig Of You
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Soul Station
Label : Blue Note
11:25 AM
Virgo
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Six Pieces Of Silver
Label : Blue Note
11:32 AM
Dolphin Dance
Artist : Keystone Quartet
Album : A Love Story
Label : 32 Jazz
11:40 AM
Dearly Beloved
Artist : Pete Smyser
Album : Jerome Kern Concert
Label : Pete Smyser
11:47 AM
How Little We Know
Artist : Jackie Ryan
Album : Listen Here
Label : Open Art
11:51 AM
Sleeping Dancer Sleep On
Artist : Jazz Messengers
Album : Like Someone In Love
Label : Blue Note
12:06 PM
Two For The Road
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : For The Love Of You
Label : E 1
12:11 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Hank Jones-James Moody
Album : Our Delight
Label : IPO
12:17 PM
13
Artist : Jimmy Smith-Wes Montgomery
Album : Dynamic dCuo
Label : Verve
12:23 PM
C.C. Rider
Artist : J.J. Johnson
Album : At The Village Vaanguard
Label : Original Jazz Classic Sampler
12:31 PM
Good Morning Heartache
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : 12 Nights In Hollywood
Label : Verve
12:35 PM
Stairway To The Stars
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Our Man In Paris
Label : Blue Note
12:45 PM
Jordu
Artist : Antoine Silverman
Album : Blue Moods
Label : Hillsboro
12:51 PM
Love Me
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Misty
Label : Roulette
12:54 PM
Mandeville
Artist : Patrick Williams
Album : Aurora
Label : Reel One

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