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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October 10, 2013

6:06 PM
Stompin’ At The Savoy
Artist : Jay Hoggard
Album : The Fountain
Label : Muse Records
6:13 PM
Lover Man
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Lover Man
Label : Columbia
6:19 PM
I Had The Craziest Dream
Artist : Jay Magnarelli
Album : Persistence
Label : Reservoir
6:26 PM
Theme From "Picnic"
Artist : J.J.Johnson & Kai Winding
Album : The Great Kai & J.J.
Label : GRP/Impulse
6:33 PM
Sweet And Lovely
Artist : Junior Mance
Album : Sweet And Lovely
Label : Milestone
6:36 PM
Sunset And The Mockingbird
Artist : The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
Album : In The Spirit Of Duke
Label : Spartacus Records
6:44 PM
Love Walked In
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Standards
Label : Blue Note
6:51 PM
Stolen Moments
Artist : Ginetta M.
Album : Standards
Label : Kickin' Wiccan Music
7:02 PM
Dream Dancing
Artist : Zoot Sims
Album : Warm Tenor
Label : Pablo Records
7:03 PM
Artist : Harry "Sweets" Edison
Album : Sweetnings
Label : Roulette (vinyl)
7:14 PM
Straight No Chaser
Artist : Thelonius Monk
Album : Genius Of Modern Music Vol. 2
Label : Blue Note
7:17 PM
Artist : Diana Krall
Album : Only Trust Your Heart
Label : GRP Records
7:26 PM
Theme For Ernie
Artist : Joshua Breakstone Quartet
Album : 4/4=1
Label : Sonora Records
7:35 PM
You Go To My Head
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : First Place Again
Label : Warner Brothers
7:44 PM
Home Cookin’
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : The Stylings Of Silver
Label : Blue Note
7:50 PM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : George Mraz Trio
Album : Duke's Place
Label : Milestones Records
7:56 PM
What Are You DOing The Rest Of Your Life?
Artist : Mel Torme
Album : Live AT The Maisonette
Label : Rhino Records
8:03 PM
How Insensative
Artist : Pat Martino
Album : Footprints
Label : 32 Jazz
8:09 PM
Foi A Saudade
Artist : Gilad Edelman
Album : My Groove, Your Move
Label : Sharp Nine Records
8:16 PM
A Ghost Of A Chance
Artist : Sandy Stewart & Bill Charlap
Album : Something To Remember
Label : Gaslight Records
8:22 PM
Infant Eyes
Artist : Joshua Redman
Album : Walking Shadows
Label : Nonesuch Records
8:29 PM
Autumn Leaves
Artist : Bobby Timmons Trio
Album : In Person
Label : Riverside
8:37 PM
Dat Dere
Artist : Oscar Brown Jr.
Album : Sin And Soul
Label : Columbia
8:44 PM
Artist : Anthony Smith
Album : Connections Volume One
Label : Jazz Chord Records
8:53 PM
My Man’s Gone Now
Artist : Bill Evans Trio
Album : Sunday At The Village Vanguard
Label : Riverside


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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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