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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December 25, 2012

6:00 PM
Frosty The Snowman
Artist : Roy Hargrove
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England’s Carol
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6:08 PM
Christmas Time Is Here
Artist : Diane Reeves
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6:12 PM
Joy To The World
Artist : Tim Warfield
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6:16 PM
The 12 Days Of Christmas
Artist : Kenny Burrell
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6:20 PM
Let it Snow!
Artist : Wynton Marsalis
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6:23 PM
Winter Wonderland
Artist : Shirley Horn
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6:28 PM
Silent Night
Artist : Brad Mehldau
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6:32 PM
Jingle Bells
Artist : Gerald Wilson Big Band
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6:36 PM
Sleigh Ride
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
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6:40 PM
Santa Clause Is Coming To Town
Artist : Nicholas Payton
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6:44 PM
O Tannenbaum
Artist : Gary Burton
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6:52 PM
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Artist : Oscar Peterson
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7:00 PM
Basie’s Jingle Bells
Artist : Count Basie
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Baby It’s Cold Outside
Artist : Ray Charles and Betty Carter
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We Three Chipmunks
Artist : Airmen Of Note
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Good Morning Blues
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
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7:24 PM
Winter Wonderland
Artist : Matt Wilson
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7:30 PM
Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)
Artist : Miles Davis
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7:36 PM
The Dreidel Song
Artist : Tim Warfield
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7:42 PM
Deck Us All With Boston Charlie
Artist : Lambert, Hendricks and Ross
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7:48 PM
We Three Kings Of Orient Are
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7:54 PM
Linus and Lucy
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
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8:00 PM
Greensleeves
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8:07 PM
Cristo Redentor
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8:14 PM
Let Me Make It Clear, Christmas Vibes All Through The Year
Artist : Jay Hoggard
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8:21 PM
Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring
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8:28 PM
Sleigh Ride
Artist : Duke Pearson
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Santa Clause Is Coming To Town
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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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Bob Perkins' first radio gig at WGPR-FM in Detroit, 1964

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