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 30, 2012

10:00 AM
When I Fall In Love
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Steamin' With The Miles Davis Quintet
Label : Prestige
10:03 AM
Turn Out The Stars
Artist : Steve Rudolph
Album : Daydream
Label : PA.CT
10:12 AM
I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
Artist : Sonny Rollins
Album : Rollins Plays For Bird
Label : Prestige
10:20 AM
The Jazz Message
Artist : Donald Byrd Quintet
Album : The Birth Of Be-Bop
Label : Savoy
10:29 AM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Royce Campbell Trio
Album : All Standards And A Blues
Label : Philology Records
10:35 AM
You Go To My Head
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Hello Love
Label : Verve
10:42 AM
Bella Carolina
Artist : Joe Magnarelli
Album : Why Not
Label : Criss Cross Jazz
10:51 AM
Very Early
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : Very Early
Label : SteepleChase
11:01 AM
The Very Thought Of You
Artist : Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Album : Jaz For Lovers
Label : Prestige
11:08 AM
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Artist : Art Taum
Album : Modern Jazz Piano-Four Views
Label : RCA Camden
11:11 AM
I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : Two For The Road
Label : Concord
11:16 AM
I’ll Get By
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : The Stardust Session
Label : Prestige
11:24 AM
Aquas
Artist : James Silberstein
Album : Song For Micaela
Label : Consolidated Artists Productions
11:33 AM
Never Let Me Go
Artist : Roy Hargrove Quintet
Album : Tenors Of Our Time
Label : Verve
11:39 AM
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life ?
Artist : Irene Kral
Album : You Are There
Label : Audiophile
11:46 AM
Seed Shack
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 The Sixties
Label : Prestige
11:52 AM
In The Still Of The Night
Artist : Bill Charlap
Album : Written In The Stars
Label : Blue Note
12:06 PM
Solid
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Solid
Label : Blue Note
12:13 PM
Gone With The Wind
Artist : Dave Brubeck Quartet
Album : Dave Brubeck Quartet At Storyville 1954
Label : Columbia
12:23 PM
Sometime Ago
Artist : Lee Ritenour
Album : Stolen Moments
Label : GRP Records
12:27 PM
Stockholm Sweetnin’
Artist : Kevin Mahogany
Album : You Got What It Takes
Label : Enja Records
12:34 PM
Montivideo
Artist : Monty Alexander
Album : Here Comes The Sun
Label : MPS Records
12:38 PM
Song For Tarif
Artist : Stephen Sscott w./ Branford Marsallis
Album : The Beautiful Thing
Label : Verve
12:46 PM
You’re Gettin’ To Be A Habit With Me
Artist : Harry "Sweets" Edison
Album : Buddy And Sweets
Label : Verve
12:51 PM
Desafinado
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : Jazz Samba
Label : Verve
12:57 PM
O Barquinho (My Little Boat)
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : Saturday Afternoon Jazz
Label : Concord Jazz
1:03 PM
Willow Weep For Me
Artist : Red Garland
Album : Groovy
Label : Prestige
1:14 PM
Candy Bar
Artist : Frank Capp/Nat Pierce Juggernaut
Album : Live Atr The Alley Cat
Label : Concord
1:20 PM
Gaslight
Artist : Dmitry Baevsky
Album : The Composers
Label : Sharp Nine Records
1:26 PM
What Are You Doing New Years Eve ?
Artist : Diana Krall
Album : Christmas Songs
Label : Verve
1:30 PM
You Must Believe In Spring
Artist : Jack Wilkins
Album : Mexico
Label : CTI Records
1:39 PM
Moonglow
Artist : Errol Garner
Album : Encores in Hi-Fi
Label : Columbia (vinyl)
1:44 PM
One Thin Dime
Artist : Steve Nelson
Album : Sound-Effect
Label : High Note Records
1:54 PM
Little Girl Blue
Artist : The Drummonds (Renee Rosnes-Piano)
Album : A Beautiful Friendship
Label : Venus Records

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