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

October 09, 2012

6:05 PM
Sylvia
Artist : Sonny Criss Quintet
Album : Be Bop Masters
Label : ABC/Impulse
6:13 PM
Bye Bye Blackbird
Artist : Ron Carter
Album : Dear Miles
Label : Blue Note
6:19 PM
I Didn’t Know About You
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald w./ Duke Ellington
Album : Ella Sings The Duke Ellington Songbook
Label : Verve
6:23 PM
More Than You Know
Artist : Peter Weniger
Album : Tiptap
Label : Mons Records
6:30 PM
Baubles Bangles AAnd Beads
Artist : Christian McBride & Roy Hargrove
Album : Converstaions With Christian
Label : Mack Avenue
6:35 PM
Beautiful Love
Artist : Bill Evans Trio
Album : Explorations
Label : Riverside
6:43 PM
Time After Time
Artist : Ben Webster
Album : Ben Webster & Associates
Label : Verve
6:48 PM
Stompin’ At The Savoy
Artist : Jay Hoggard
Album : The Fountain
Label : Muse
6:58 PM
I Cover The Waterfront
Artist : Terrence Blanchard
Album : The Billie Holiday Songbook
Label : Columbia
7:03 PM
Where Have You Been?
Artist : Bill Charlap Trio
Album : Written In The Stars
Label : Blue Note
7:13 PM
Oh Joe
Artist : Joe Newman & Zoot Sims
Album : Echoes Of An Era-Locking Horns
Label : Roulette
7:17 PM
Just Squeeze Me
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Pure Desmond
Label : CTI Records
7:21 PM
The Touch Of Your Lips
Artist : Art Farmer
Album : Modern Art
Label : United Artists
7:28 PM
Everytime We Say Goodbye
Artist : Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Album : Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Label : ABC Paramount
7:32 PM
I Concentrate On You
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : Royce Campbell Plays For Lovers
Label : Moon Cycle Records
7:45 PM
Lover Man
Artist : Yusef Lateef
Album : Prayer To The East
Label : Savoy
7:51 PM
Surrey With The Fringe On Top
Artist : Kenny Barron
Album : The Only One
Label : Reservoir
8:02 PM
First Trip
Artist : Donald Vega
Album : Spiritual Nature
Label : Resonance
8:09 PM
Tthis Love Of Mine
Artist : Joe Lovano
Album : Joe lovano Celebrating Sinatra
Label : Blue Note
8:17 PM
I’ll Be Around
Artist : Peggy Lee
Album : Sugar And Spice
Label : Capitol
8:20 PM
I Want To Talk About You
Artist : Michael Pedicin
Album : Live At The Loft
Label : Jazz Hut Records
8:25 PM
Blues After Dark
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : Dizzy's Diamonds
Label : Verve
8:32 PM
When Lights Are Low
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : When Lights Are Low
Label : Concord
8:36 PM
Stompin’ Grounds
Artist : Matt Wilson
Album : Arts And Crafts
Label : Palmetto Records
8:47 PM
Body And Soul
Artist : J.A.T.P w./ Illinois Jacquet/J.J.Johnson/Nat Cole
Album : Jazz At The Philharmonic
Label : Clef Records
8:57 PM
I Want To be Happy
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Some Of My Best Friends Are Guitarists
Label : Concord

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

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