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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Playlist

April 02, 2013

6:06 PM
Chelsea Bridge
Artist : Ricky Ford
Album : Jazz For When You're Not Alone
Label : Savoy
6:13 PM
So In Love
Artist : Bob DeVos
Album : I Hear A Rhapsody
Label : Savant
6:19 PM
I Hear a Rhapsody
Artist : Carol Robbins
Album : Three And Four
Label : Jazz Cats
6:24 PM
Blue In Green
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Portrait In Jazz
Label : Riverside
6:30 PM
How Insensitive
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Best Of Wes Montgomery
Label : Verve
6:34 PM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : And His Mother Called Him Bill
Label : Bluebird
6:41 PM
Lover Man
Artist : Art Tatum-Buddy DeFranco
Album : Tatum, Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
6:48 PM
Come In From The Rain
Artist : ShirleyHorn
Album : The Main Ingredient
Label : Verve
6:53 PM
I Concentrate On You
Artist : J.J Johnson-Kai Winding
Album : The Great J And K
Label : Real Gone
7:03 PM
Con Alma
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie-Oscar Peterson
Album : Dizzy Gillespie-Oscar Peterson
Label : Pablo
7:09 PM
Yardbird Suite
Artist : Hank Jones
Album : Bop Redux
Label : 32 Jazz
7:14 PM
Harlem Nocturne
Artist : Buck Hill
Album : The Buck Stops Here
Label : Muse
7:23 PM
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Cole Porter Songbook
Label : Verve
7:30 PM
John Coltrane Medley
Artist : Russell Malone-Benny Green
Album : At The Bistro
Label : Telarc
7:35 PM
Spanyola
Artist : Lucky Thompson
Album : Body And Soul
Label : Nessa
7:39 PM
Django
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Vince Guaraldi Trio
Label : Fantasy
7:45 PM
Slaughter On 1Oth Avenue
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : The Ultimate Jimmy Smith
Label : Verve
7:52 PM
So Mnay Stars
Artist : Jane Monheit
Album : Come Dream With Me
Label : Silver Line
8:00 PM
Bohemia After Dark
Artist : Doroth Ashby
Album : In A Minor Groove
Label : Prestige
8:21 PM
Lazy Bird
Artist : Pat Martino
Album : East
Label : Prestige
8:32 PM
But Beautiful
Artist : Clark Terry-Oscar Peterson
Album : Oscar Peterson-Clark Terry
Label : Pablo
8:36 PM
Just A Lucky So And So
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Ballad Essentails
Label : Concord
8:46 PM
Jordu
Artist : Antoine Silverman
Album : Blue Moods
Label : Hillsboro
8:52 PM
I Should Care
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Close To You
Label : Roulette
8:55 PM
Milestones
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Milestones
Label : Columbia

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