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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December 23, 2012

10:00 AM
I Remember Clifford
Artist : Donald Vega
Album : Spiritual Nature
Label : Resonance
10:08 AM
Artist : Warren Vache
Album : Talk To Me Baby
Label : Muse
10:15 AM
Artist : Benny Carter
Album : Benny Carter With The Oscar Peterson Trio
Label : Past Perfect
10:20 AM
Have Yourself A Merry Little Chistmas
Artist : Vanessa Rubin
Album : A Merry Christmas
Label : RCA
10:24 AM
Santa Baby
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Chistmas With Houston Person
Label : Muse
10:30 AM
In My Solitude
Artist : Coleman Gakins-Duke Ellington
Album : Standards On Impulse
Label : Impulse
10:38 AM
Artist : Shelly Manne
Album : Standards On Impulse
Label : Impulse
10:43 AM
Artist : Statesmen Of Jazz
Album : Statesmen Of Jazz
Label : Arbors
10:50 AM
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Scott Hamilton With Srings
Label : Concord
10:57 AM
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Artist : Marian McPartland
Album : An NPR Christmas With Marian McPartland
Label : NPR
11:02 AM
What A Difference The Day Makes
Artist : Paula Johns-George Mesterhazy
Album : Well, We Did It
Label : Paula Johns
11:07 AM
Chelsea Bridge
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Tokyo Recital
Label : Pablo
11:16 AM
Theme For Ernie
Artist : Michael Pedicin
Album : Live At The Loft
Label : Jazz Hut
11:22 AM
Little Sunflower
Artist : Rebeca Parris
Album : A Passionat Fling
Label : Shira
11:30 AM
Let It Snow
Artist : David Leonhardt
Album : I'll Be Home For Christmas
Label : Bib Bang
11:40 AM
Christmas Time Is Here
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Charlie Brown Holiday Hits
Label : Fantasy
11:48 AM
Artist : Stan Kenton
Album : A Stan Kenton Christmas
Label : Capitol
11:51 AM
Christmas Is Being With You
Artist : Larry McKenna
Album : Christmas Is Being With You
Label : Larry McKenna
12:06 PM
Up Jumped Spring
Artist : Jazz Messengers
Album : Three Blind Mice
Label : Blue Note
12:11 PM
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Rogers and Hart Songbook
Label : Concord
12:17 PM
The Girl Next Door
Artist : Joe Negri
Album : Dream Dancing
Label : Noteworthy
12:22 PM
I’m Beginning To See The Light
Artist : John Brown
Album : Dancing With Duke
Label : John Brown Blvd
12:30 PM
We Three Kings
Artist : Mark Kramer
Album : Jazz Greetings
Label : Dreambox
12:36 PM
Christmas Time Is Here
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Charle Brown Holiday Hits
Label : Fantasy
12:39 PM
Easy To Love
Artist : Don Paterson-Sonny Stitt
Album : The Boss Men
Label : Prestige
12:45 PM
It Was So Good While It Lasted
Artist : Nat Cole
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
12:49 PM
Two For The Road
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : For The Love Of You
Label : E 1
12:54 PM
Artist : Dave McKenna
Album : Christmas Ivory
Label : Concord
1:01 PM
So What
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Grant Green Retrospective
Label : Blue Note
1:10 PM
Artist : Chuck Redd
Album : Common Thread
Label : Arbors
1:19 PM
The Look Of Love
Artist : Morgana King
Album : Gemeni Changes
Label : Reprise
1:23 PM
Artist : Frank Morgan
Album : John Coltrane Songbook
Label : High Note
1:32 PM
Christmas Waltz
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : An Oscar Peterson Christmas
Label : Telarc
1:39 PM
Jingle Bells
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Have yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Label : Verve
1:42 PM
I’ve Got My Love To keep Me Warm
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Have Uouself A Merry Little Christmas
Label : Verve
1:46 PM
Artist : Horace Silver
Album : Best Of Horace Silver
Label : Blue Note
1:55 PM
BP With The GM
Artist : Eddie Morgan
Album : BP With The Gm
Label : Eddie Morgan


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