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

August 26, 2013

6:06 PM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : Peter Weniger-Metropole Orchestra
Album : Peter Weniger-Metropole Orchestra
Label : Mons
6:12 PM
I Should Care
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
6:19 PM
A ll The Things You Are
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Essential Stan Getz
Label : Verve
6:27 PM
Nancy With The Laughing Face
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Midnight Blue
Label : Blue Series
6:36 PM
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Best Of The Duke Ellington Songbook
Label : Verve
6:44 PM
I’ll Be Seeing You
Artist : Sonny Stitt
Album : Jazz For Those Peaceful Moments
Label : 32 Jazz
6:51 PM
Alone Together
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Oscar Peterson-Dizzy Gillespie
Label : Pablo
7:00 PM
Off Minor
Artist : Thelonious Monk
Album : Monk's Music
Label : Real Gone
7:05 PM
Dream
Artist : Bill Charlap
Album : Written In The Stars
Label : Blue Note
7:11 PM
Summer Serenade
Artist : Art Farmer
Album : Art Farmer And The Jazz Giants
Label : Prestige
7:20 PM
Naima
Artist : Hendrick Meurkens
Album : View From Manhattan
Label : Concord
7:27 PM
I Love You
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Jazz Giants Play Cole Porter
Label : Prestige
7:33 PM
The Meaning Of The Blues
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : Jazz Moods
Label : Concord
7:41 PM
’Round Midnight
Artist : Hank Jones
Album : Master Class
Label : 32 Jazz
7:48 PM
I Hear A Rhapsody
Artist : Jesse Davis
Album : High Standards
Label : Concord
7:55 PM
East Of The Sun
Artist : George Shearing
Album : Jazz Masters 57
Label : Verve
8:00 PM
Bossa Nova Du Marilla
Artist : Monty Alexander-Milt Jackson
Album : Soul Fusion
Label : Pablo
8:08 PM
Dragonfly
Artist : Gerry Mulligan
Album : The Art Of Gerry Mulligan
Label : Telrc
8:15 PM
Invitation
Artist : Micheal O’Neill
Album : Still Dancing
Label : Jazzmo
8:20 PM
Tender Is The Night
Artist : Billy Eckstine
Album : 12 Great Movie Themes
Label : Verve
8:25 PM
Doodlin’
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Best Of Horace Silver
Label : Blue Note
8:32 PM
Waltz For Debbie
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : WRTI 60TH Anniversary
Label : WRTI
8:42 PM
Come Fly With Me
Artist : Monty Alexander
Album : Uplift
Label : JLP
8:49 PM
I’ll Remember April
Artist : June Christy
Album : Day Dream
Label : Capitol
8:53 PM
Downwind
Artist : Art Pepper
Album : Art Farmer
Label : Prestige

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

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