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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November 01, 2012

6:06 PM
How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me
Artist : Steve Rudolph
Album : Live
Label : DMJ Records
6:12 PM
Blue Samba
Artist : Ike Quebec
Album : Bossa Nova Soul Samba
Label : Blue Note
6:20 PM
You Don’t Know What Love Is
Artist : Dominick Farinachi
Album : Dawn Of Goodbye
Label : E-One Records
6:27 PM
Good Morning Heartache
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : The COmplete Decca Recordings
Label : Decca/GRP
6:32 PM
It’s All Right With Me
Artist : Emmet Cohen
Album : In The Element
Label : Bada Beep Records
6:38 PM
Stella By Starlight
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Stan Getz Plays
Label : Verve
6:44 PM
Sometime Ago
Artist : Lee Ritenour
Album : Stolen Moments
Label : GRP
6:48 PM
Artist : Jimmy Smith & Lee Morgan
Album : Music For Lovers
Label :
6:59 PM
How Am I To Know
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : After Hours
Label : Concord Jazz
7:07 PM
Cheek To Cheek
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Ahmad's Blues
Label : GRP/Chess
7:14 PM
Plain ’N Simple
Artist : Chuck Loeb
Album : Plain 'N' Simple
Label : Tweety Records
7:22 PM
Save Your Love For Me
Artist : Nancy WIlson & Cannonball Adderley
Album :
Label : Capitol
7:23 PM
Midnight Sun
Artist : Lou Donaldson
Album :
Label :
7:32 PM
Artist : Mulgrew Miller
Album : Keys To The City
Label : Landmark
7:36 PM
Love For Sale
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Circle In The Round
Label : Columbia
7:50 PM
Say It Over And Over Again
Artist : Jessica Williams
Album : Live At Yoshi's Volume 1
Label : MaxJazz
7:56 PM
Blame It On My Youth
Artist : Alan Leatherman
Album : Detour Ahead
Label : A J L Music
8:03 PM
Our Delight
Artist : Ray Brown w./ Roy Hargrove
Album : Some Of My Best Friends Are Trumpet Players
Label : Telarc
8:08 PM
Sailboat To The Moon
Artist : Wynton Marsalis Quintet & Richard Galliano
Album : From Billie Holliday To Edith Piaf
Label : Rampart Street/Marsalis Music
8:15 PM
You Go To My Head
Artist : Dave Brubeck Quartet
Album : Legacy Of A Legend
Label : Columbia
8:26 PM
Down Here On The Ground
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Down Here On The Ground
Label : A&M Records
8:32 PM
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Artist : Shirley Horn
Album : But Beautiful...Best Of
Label : Verve
8:37 PM
South Side
Artist : Louis Smith
Album : Here Comes Louis Smith
Label : Blue Note
8:46 PM
One For My Baby
Artist : Bill Charlap
Album : Written In The Stars
Label : Blue Note
8:56 PM
Artist : Kenny Burrell
Album : Moon And Sand
Label : Concord


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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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