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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September 18, 2012

6:05 PM
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Easy Living
Label : RCA
6:05 PM
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Easy Living
Label : RCA
6:11 PM
Out Of Nowhere
Artist : George Mesterhazy-Joe Barratt
Album : Memories Of You
Label : Barratt-Mesterhazy
6:23 PM
Artist : Chuck Redd
Album : Happy All The Time
Label : Arbors
6:30 PM
Here’s That Rainy Day
Artist : O.C.Smith
Album : Dynamic O.C. Smith
Label : Columbia
6:36 PM
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Bill Evans
Label : Verve
6:41 PM
Lullabye Of The Leaves
Artist : Benny Golson-Art Farmer
Album : Complete Mercury-Argo Sessions
Label : Mosaic
6:46 PM
A Time For Love
Artist : Diane Schuur
Album : Best Of Diane Schuur
Label : GRP
6:52 PM
Yours Is My Heart Alone
Artist : Royce Campbell
Album : Trioing
Label : Jardis
7:00 PM
Just One Of Those Things
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : The Cooker
Label : Blue Note
7:07 PM
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Artist : Herbie Mann
Album : My Little Suede Shoes
Label : Past Perfect
7:11 PM
Besme Mucho
Artist : Carmen McRae-Cal Tjader
Album : Heat Wave
Label : Concord
7:17 PM
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
Artist : Zoot Sims
Album : Soprano Sax
Label : Pablo
7:22 PM
Love For Sale
Artist : Marty Paich
Album : Moanin'
Label : Discovery
7:28 PM
Morning Glory
Artist : Lee Smith
Album : Sittin' On A Secret
Label : Vectordisc
7:34 PM
A Song For You
Artist : Morgana King
Album : A New Beginning
Label : Paramount
7:40 PM
Green Dolphin Street
Artist : Toots Thielemans
Album : Toots Thielemans' European Quartet
Label : Challenger
7:46 PM
For You
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Jug And Dodo
Label : ?
7:53 PM
Everything I Love
Artist : Gene Ludwig
Album : Love Notes Of Cole Porter
Label : Big -O
8:00 PM
In A Sentimental Mood
Artist : Bobby Shew
Album : Tribute To The Masters
Label : Double Time
8:10 PM
Lush Life
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : Lush Life
Label : Capitol
8:15 PM
Artist : Yusef Lateef
Album : The Golden Flute
Label : Impulse
8:19 PM
More Than You Know
Artist : Milet Jasckson-Oscar Peterson
Album : Two of the few
Label : Pablo
8:28 PM
Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : Live At Newport 1958
Label : Columbia
8:34 PM
Here There And Everywhere
Artist : Singers Unlimited
Album : Magic Voices
Label : MPS
8:37 PM
I’ll Remember April
Artist : Charlie Parker
Album : Jazz 'Round Midnight
Label : Verve
8:42 PM
Sweet Georgia Brown
Artist : Ray Brown/Herb Ellis/Monty Alexsander
Album : Ray Brown/Herb Ellis/Monty Alexander
Label : Concord
8:46 PM
Lullabye Of Birdland
Artist : The Lsast Big Band
Album : Heck Yeah
Label : Last Big Band
8:52 PM
Old Folks
Artist : Carl Saunders
Album : Eclecticism
Label : SNL


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Tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves with Duke Ellington

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Frank Wess.
Hiroyuki Ito Getty Images

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6:42 pm
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Bryan Frank Long Beach Opera

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Dave Brubeck received a posthumous tribute at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

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Zhuang Yan Courtesy of the artists

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Jimmy Amadie

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2:11 pm
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Jimmy Heath and friends at a session at New York's WOR Studios in 1953. Left to right: Miles Davis, Kenny Drew, Art Blakey, Jimmy Heath.
Temple University Press / Jimmy Heath collection

Originally published on Sat January 11, 2014 11:31 am

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10:25 am
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