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

September 15, 2013

9:06 AM
Chelsea Bridge
Artist : Gerry Mulligan-Ben Webster
Album : Mulligan Meets The Saxophonists
Label : Verve
9:13 AM
Dear OldStockholm
Artist : Pete Jolly
Album : Your Truly
Label : Quartet
9:21 AM
Deep River
Artist : Toshiko Akiyoshi-Charlie Mariano
Album : Toshiko-Mariano Quartet
Label : Jazz Man
9:26 AM
All Blues
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : The Legend
Label : Enja
9:33 AM
Early Autumn
Artist : Cleo Laine
Album : Cleo Laine Jazz
Label : RCA
9:38 AM
Green Leaves Od Summer
Artist : Hampton Hawes
Album : Green Leaves Of Summer
Label : Contemporary
9:44 AM
Naima
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : Six By Six
Label : Moon Cycle
9:52 PM
The Lamp Is Low
Artist : Stanely Turrentine
Album : Let It Go
Label : Impulse
10:01 PM
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Artist : Al Grey-J.J. Johnson
Album : Things Are Getting Better All The Time
Label : Pablo
10:08 PM
When October Goes
Artist : Jimi Odell
Album : A Change Of Pace
Label : Jimi Odell
10:14 PM
Way Out West
Artist : Sonny Rollins
Album : Original Jazz Classics Sampler
Label : Contemporary
10:21 PM
Lil’ Darlin’
Artist : Joe Newman
Album : Good And Groovy
Label : Prestige
10:29 PM
The Odd Coupsle
Artist : Russell Malone
Album : Look Who's Here
Label : Verve
10:35 PM
Winetone
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : What I Mean
Label : Milestone
10:43 PM
Show Me
Artist : Lorez Alexandria
Album : Jazz Divas Gold
Label : Verve
10:47 PM
Spartacus
Artist : Jeremy Steig-Bill Evans
Album : What's New
Label : Verve
10:54 PM
Take five
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : This Is Jazz
Label : Columbia
11:02 PM
Song Fo My Father
Artist : Richard Groove Holmes
Album : Soul Message
Label : Prestige
11:08 PM
Recorda Me
Artist : Jon Meyer
Album : The Classics
Label : Reservoir
11:15 PM
But Beautiful
Artist : Sam Most
Album : But Beautiful
Label : Catalyst
11:20 PM
Poinciana
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Live At The Pershing
Label : Chess
11:31 PM
Davey Blue
Artist : David Newman
Album : Lone Star Legend
Label : 32 Jazz
11:39 PM
Prelude To A Kiss
Artist : Morgana King
Album : A Taste Of Honey
Label : Mainstream
11:44 PM
Lady Be Good
Artist : Oscar Peterson-Milt Jackson
Album : Two Of The Few
Label : Pablo
11:53 PM
Sunrise Sunset
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Delightfulee
Label : BleNote
12:06 PM
When Sunny Gets Blue
Artist : George Mesterhazy-JoeBarratt
Album : Memories Of You
Label : Barratt-Mesterhazy
12:13 PM
Love Letters
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Wonderful, Wonderful
Label : High Note
12:21 PM
I’m Lost
Artist : Arthur Prysock-Count Basie
Album : Basie Prysock
Label : Verve
12:24 PM
Cast Your Fate To The Wind
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fastasy
12:30 PM
The Lamp Is Low
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
12:36 PM
Moanin’
Artist : Bobby Timmons
Album : WRTI 60 th Anniversary
Label : WRTI
12:43 PM
Django
Artist : Johnny Smith
Album : Complete Rosst Recordings
Label : Roost
12:50 PM
EmraceableUYou
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Sarah Vaughan
Label : Verve
12:55 PM
BP With The Gm
Artist : Eddie Morgan
Album : BP With The GM
Label : Eddie Morgan

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