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

November 06, 2012

6:05 PM
What’s New
Artist : George Benson
Album : Jazzmasters 21
Label : Verve
6:11 PM
Up Jumped Spring
Artist : Hank Jones
Album : Hank Hones Trio
Label : Storyville
6:19 PM
Sunny
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : The Spoiler
Label : Blue Note
6:27 PM
You Are My Sunshine
Artist : Mary Louise Knudson
Album : In The Bubble
Composer : I
Label : Meridian
6:35 PM
Yesterday
Artist : Shirley Horn
Album : May the Music Never End
Label : Verve
6:42 PM
I Thought About You
Artist : Carl Fontana
Album : The Great Fontana
Label : Uptown
6:51 PM
I’ll Remember April
Artist : Yusef Lateef
Album : Into Something
Label : Original Jazz Classics
7:00 PM
Song For My Father
Artist : Richard Groove Holms
Album : Soul Message
Label : Prestige
7:17 PM
Nica’s Dream
Artist : The Mastersounds
Album : The Mastersounds Play Horace Silver
Label : Fresh Sound
7:32 PM
Save Your Love For
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Love Sngs
Label : Capitol
7:35 PM
Theme For Ernie
Artist : Micheal Pedicin
Album : live At The Loft
Label : Jazz Hut
7:42 PM
Moonlight In Vermont
Artist : Chuck Redd
Album : The Common Thread
Label : Arbors
7:47 PM
Lazy Bird
Artist : Alan Broadbent
Album : Better Days
Label : Discovery
7:55 PM
12 Nights In Hollywood
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Bewitched
Label : Verve
8:00 PM
You don’t Know What Love Is
Artist : Dominic Farinacci
Album : Dawn Of Goodbye
Label : E One
8:07 PM
Motherless Child
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Feelin' The Spirit
Label : Blue Note
8:07 PM
Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone
Artist : Randy Sarles-Kelly Meashey
Album : The Inner Urge
Label : Dreambox
8:22 PM
Somewhere In The Night
Artist : Bobby Hutchers With The Joey De Francesco Trio
Album : Somewhere In The Night
Label : High Note
8:32 PM
Careless
Artist : Phil Woods
Album : American Songbook, Vol 2
Label : Kind Of Blue
8:40 PM
Goodnight My Love
Artist : Arthur Prysock
Album : A Double Header
Label : Old Town
8:44 PM
How Deep Is The Ocean
Artist : Blue Mitchell
Album : Blue Mitchell Plays For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
8:51 PM
Time After Time
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : Let It Go
Label : GRP

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A Photo Album of Bob Perkins Through The Years

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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