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 25, 2012

10:00 AM
Poinciana
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Live At The Perhing Lounge
Label : Argo
10:08 AM
Deep Purple
Artist : Duke Ellingnton
Album : Duke Ellington Presents
Label : Bethlehem
10:14 AM
Autumn Leaves
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : Somethin' Else
Label : Blue Note
10:23 AM
Embraceable You
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Classic Jazz
Label : Time-Life
10:37 AM
Summertime
Artist : Frank Morgan
Album : City Nights
Label : High Note
10:42 AM
You’re My Everything
Artist : George Cables
Album : My Muse
Label : High Note
10:48 AM
Daahoud
Artist : Richard Groove Holmes
Album : Soul Message
Label : Prestige
10:52 AM
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Cole Porter Songbook
Label : Verve
11:01 AM
Maiden Voyage
Artist : Herbie Hancock
Album : Best Of Blue Note
Label : Blue Note
11:09 AM
Bluesette
Artist : Mary Louise Knutson
Album : In The Bubble
Label : Meridian Jazz
11:18 AM
When October Goes
Artist : Jimi Odell
Album : Shades Of Jimi Odell
Label : Jimi Odell
11:23 AM
Nardis
Artist : Dr Karen Zumbrunn
Album : Twighlight World
Label : Karen Zumbrunn
11:31 AM
The Duke
Artist : Joe Magnarelli
Album : My Old Flame
Label : Give A Go
11:38 AM
Some Day My Prince Will Come
Artist : Sonny Stitt -Don Patterson
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Prestige
11:46 AM
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
Artist : Cheryl Jewell
Album : My Blue Heaven
Label : Cheryl Jewell
11:50 AM
Nature Boy
Artist : The Drummonds
Album : When You Wish Upon A Star
Label : 32 Jazz
12:06 PM
Along Came Betty
Artist : The Jazz Messengers
Album : Moanin
Label : Blue Note
12:13 PM
In The Still Of The Night
Artist : Stephane Grappelli
Album : Grappelli Plays Cole Porter
Label : Gitanes
12:21 PM
How Insensitive
Artist : Larry Vuckavitch
Album : Somethin' Special
Label : Tetrachord
12:28 PM
Speak Low
Artist : Diane Reeves
Album : The Calling
Label : Blue Note
12:34 PM
Way Out West
Artist : Sonny Rollins
Album : Way Out West
Label : Contemporary
12:42 PM
Sophisticated Lady
Artist : Dennis DiBlasio-Brian Betz
Album : Denis DiBlasio-Brian Betz Project
Label : Dreambox
12:49 PM
Somewhere In The Night
Artist : Bobby Hutcherson
Album : Somewhere In The Night
Label : Kind Of Blue
1:00 PM
Close Your Eyes
Artist : Greta Matassa
Album : All This And Heaven Too
Label : Origin
1:05 PM
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Silver's Blue
Label : Epic ;egacy
1:13 PM
This Is Always
Artist : Morgana King
Album : I Can't Stop Loving You
Label : 32 Jazz
1:20 PM
Solar
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Chet Baker In New York
Label : Riverside
1:26 PM
The Right To Love
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
1:32 PM
Theme For Ernie
Artist : Micheal Pedicin
Album : Live At The Loft
Label : Jazz Hut
1:38 PM
Nica’s Dream
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Echoes Of Indiana Avenue
Label : Resonance
1:44 PM
The End Of A Love Affair
Artist : Johnnys Hartman
Album : Johnny Hartman Collection
Label : Hip-o
1:48 PM
Soft Touch
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : The Procrastinator
Label : Blue Note
1:55 PM
Land’s End
Artist : Clifford Brown
Album : Four Classic Albums
Label : Avid
10:00 PM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : Peters Winiger And The Metropole Orchestra
Album : Peter Weniger nd The Metropole Orchestra
Label : Mons
10:07 PM
Centrall Park West
Artist : Susan Goodman
Album : Central Park West
Label : Soozaroo
10:13 PM
I Hear Music
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald-Oscar Peterson
Album : Ella And Oscar
Label : Pablo
10:18 PM
Dragonfly
Artist : Gerry Mulligan
Album : The Art Of Gerry Mulligan
Label : Telarc
10:24 PM
Moon And Sand
Artist : Randy Napoleon
Album : Between Friends
Label : Azira
10:31 PM
Come On Home
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Finger Poppin'
Composer : o
Label : Blue Note
10:37 PM
The First Time Ever I Saw You Face
Artist : Ann Hampton Callaway
Album : After Hours
Label : Denon
10:42 PM
Sweet Georgia Brown
Artist : Monty Alexander-Ray Brown-Herb Ellis
Album : Alexander-Brown-Ellis
Label : Concord
10:49 PM
Embraceable You
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Classic Jazz
Label : Time-Life
10:55 PM
AloneTogether
Artist : Skip Wilkins
Album : I Concentrate On You
Label : Dreambox
11:02 PM
What Am I Here For
Artist : Shelly Manne
Album : Essence
Label : Galazy
11:09 PM
I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
Artist : Buck Hill
Album : The Buck Stops Here
Label : Muse
11:17 PM
Moon Rays
Artist : Bola Sete-Vince Guaraldi
Album : Jazz Giants Play Horace Silver
Label : Prestige
11:23 PM
Just Found Out About Love
Artist : George Mesterhazy-Paula Johns
Album : Well, We Did It
Label : Paula Johns
11:30 PM
My Heart Stood Still
Artist : Barry Harris
Album : live in Rennes
Label : Plus Lion
11:35 PM
Chant
Artist : Thad Jones-Pepper Adams
Album : Mean What You Say
Label : Milestones
11:43 PM
I Thought About You
Artist : Dan Fogel
Album : 15 West
Label : Whaling Waters
11:49 PM
Just Squeeze Me
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Miles Davis Plays For Lovers
Label : Prestige
11:56 AM
I’ve Got A Crush On You
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Dinah Washingtron In The Land Of Hi Fi
Label : Emarcy
12:06 PM
Mr. Lucky
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : Tribute To Henry MAncini
Label : Episode
12:17 PM
I’ll Follow You
Artist : Arthur Prysock
Album : Best Of Arthur Prysock
Label : Verve
12:27 PM
You’re My Everything
Artist : George Cables
Album : My Muse
Label : High Note
12:31 PM
Nature Boy
Artist : Nat Cole
Album : Best Of Nat King Cole
Label : Capitol
12:34 PM
Daahoud
Artist : Ron McCroby
Album : Ron McCroby Plasys Puccalo
Label : Concord
12:41 PM
In My Solitude
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Wonderful, Wonderful
Label : High Note
12:49 PM
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Artist : Nina SAimone
Album : Bethlehem Sampler
Label : Bethlehem
12:55 PM
Solar
Artist : The Mastersounds
Album : The Mastersounds
Label : Fresh Sound
1:01 PM
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Artist : John Swana
Album : John Swana And Friends
Label : Criss Cross
1:06 PM
Stella By Starlight
Artist : Charlie Parker
Album : Jazz 'Round Midnight
Label : Verve
1:13 PM
Don’t cha Go ’Way Mad
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Naturally
Label : High Note
1:19 PM
Stolen Moments
Artist : New York Voices
Album : New York Voices Collection
Label : Jazz Heritage
1:26 PM
Do You Wanna Know
Artist : New York Voices
Album : New York Voices Collection
Label : Jazz Heritage
1:33 PM
Theme To Grace
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
1:37 PM
My Foolish Heart
Artist : Bobby Hutcherson
Album : Somewhere In The Night
Label : Kind Of Blue
1:46 PM
Invitation
Artist : Michael O’Neill
Album : Still Dancin'
Label : Jazzmo
1:54 PM
Li’l Darlin’
Artist : Count Basie
Album : Fun Time
Label : Pablo

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