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 19, 2012

6:06 PM
Stairway To The Stars
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
6:13 PM
Golden Earrings
Artist : Ray Bryant
Album : Golden Earrings
Label : Emarcy
6:22 PM
Artist : Nina Bundy
Album : Simply Natural
Label : Nina Bundy
6:26 PM
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : A Swinging Christmas
Label : Verve
6:31 PM
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Giant Steps
Label : Enja
6:36 PM
Chelsea Bridge
Artist : Gerry Mulligan- Ben Webster
Album : Ellington-Strayhorn Songbook
Label : Verve
6:47 PM
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Artist : Loren Shoenberg
Album : A Jazz Christmas
Label : Jazz Heritage
6:50 PM
Artist : Mark Kramer
Album : Jazz Greetings
Label : Dreambox
7:00 PM
That Old Feeling
Artist : Roy Haynes
Album : Love Letters
Label : Columbia
7:07 PM
Lucky So And So
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Ballad essentials
Label : Concord
7:13 PM
Date Dere
Artist : Bobby Timmons
Album : Best Of Bobby Timmons
Label : Riverside
7:20 PM
Santa Clause Is Coming To Town
Artist : Par Martino
Album : Yule Be Boppin'
Label : Riverside
7:25 PM
Christmas Time Is Here
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : A Charlie Brown Christmas
Label : Fantasy
7:29 PM
Love Letters
Artist : Joey DeFrancesco
Album : Wonderful. Wonderful
Label : High Note
7:35 PM
Gianat Steps
Artist : Tyrone Brown
Album : Tyrone Brown String ensemble
Label : Dreambox
7:41 PM
Folks who Live On The Hill
Artist : Peggy Lee
Album : The Man I Love
Label : Capitol
7:45 PM
Joy To The World
Artist : Tim Warfield
Album : Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas
Label : Tim Warfield
7:51 PM
Oh Tannanbaum
Artist : Vanguard Jazz Sextet
Album : A Jazz Christmas
Label : Jazz Heritage
7:56 PM
Christmas Waltz
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : A Jazz Christmas
Label : Jazz Heritage
8:00 PM
Artist : Onaji Allan Gumbs
Album : Return To Form
Label : Half Note
8:06 PM
Indian Summer
Artist : Sarah Vaughan
Album : Send In The Clowns
Label : Pablo
8:09 PM
Stolen Moments
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : The Awakening
Label : Impulse
8:17 PM
Little B’s Poem
Artist : Eddie Henderson
Album : Inspiration
Label : Milestone
8:23 PM
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : The Spirit of Christmas
Label : Concord
8:28 PM
Lazy Bird
Artist : Alan Broadbent
Album : Better Days
Label : Discovery
8:32 PM
Artist : Art Farmer
Album : Something To Live For
Label : Contemporary
8:40 PM
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : A Swinging Christmas
Label : Verve
8:50 PM
Little Drummer Boy
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : The Spirit Of Christmas
Label : Concord
8:53 PM
So What
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Kind Of Blue
Label : Columbia


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Frank Wess.
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