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

December 18, 2012

6:06 PM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : George Mraz
Album : Duke's Place
Label : Milestones
6:12 PM
Dearly Beloved
Artist : Pete Smyser
Album : Jerome Kern Songbook
Label : Pete Smyser
6:19 PM
Central Park West
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Giant Steps
Label : Enja
6:24 PM
Remember
Artist : Hank Mobley
Album : Blue Berlin
Label : Blue Note
6:31 PM
Little Drummer Boy
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Scott Hamilton With Strings
Label : Concord
6:37 PM
Let It Snow
Artist : Dave McKenna
Album : Christmas And Ivory
Label : Concord
6:44 PM
I Remember You
Artist : Joe Pass
Album : Live At Yoshi's
Label : Pablo
6:49 PM
Easy To Love
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Cole Porter Songbook
Label : Verve
6:52 PM
Once I Loved
Artist : Jon Meyer
Album : Nightscape
Label : Resonance
7:01 PM
I’ll Be Home For You
Artist : Diane Reeves
Album : Christmas Time Is Here
Label : Jazz Heritage
7:07 PM
It Came Upon As midnight Clear
Artist : Eatern Rebellion
Album : A Jazz Christmas
Label : Jazz Heritage
7:11 PM
The Summer Knows
Artist : Frasnk Foster-Frank Wess
Album : Frankly Speaking
Label : Concord
7:18 PM
These Folish Things
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : At The Opera House
Label : Verve
7:22 PM
Funny Valentine
Artist : J.J. Johnson-Stan Getz
Album : At The Opera House
Label : Verve
7:32 PM
The Christmas Song
Artist : Nat King Cole
Album : Nat King Cole Christmas Favorites
Label : Capitol
7:35 PM
Medley
Artist : Mel Torme
Album : Christmas Songs
Label : Telarc
7:39 PM
Ecaroh
Artist : Jazz Messengers
Album : Blakey
Label : Columbia
7:46 PM
Skylark
Artist : Sonny Criss
Album : This Is Criss
Label : Prestige
7:52 PM
Detour Ahead
Artist : Della Reese
Album : Della Reese, Live
Label : ABC Paramount
7:55 PM
Cute
Artist : Frank Capp
Album : In A Hefti Bag
Label : Concord
8:00 PM
You stepped Out Of A Dream
Artist : Howard McGee-Teddy Edwards
Album : Together Again
Label : Contemporary
8:06 PM
Winter Wonderland
Artist : Mark Kramer
Album : Jazz Greetings
Label : Jazz Heritage
8:14 PM
Christmas Is Being With You
Artist : Larry McKenna
Album : Christmas Is Being With You
Label : Larry McKenna
8:21 PM
Solar
Artist : Toshiko Akiyoshi
Album : Dedications
Label : Inner City
8:26 PM
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Cole Porter Songbook
Label : Verve
8:33 PM
Litte Drummer Boy
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : The Spirit Of Christmas
Label : Concord
8:39 PM
Theme To Grace
Artist : Vince Gualaldi
Album : Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
8:43 PM
Milestones
Artist : Roy Hargrove
Album : The Vibe
Label : Novus
8:50 PM
Folk Who Live On The Hill
Artist : Peggy Lee
Album : The Man I Love
Label : Capitol
8:55 PM
My Favorite Things
Artist : Rob McConnell
Album : Big Band Christmas
Label : Concord

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