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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December 08, 2013

9:06 AM
Getting Sentimental Over You
Artist : Eddie Daniels
Album : Mean What You Say
Label : IPO
9:12 AM
Artist : Stephane Grappelli
Album : Stephane Grappelli Plays Jermone Jern
Label : Just A Memory
9:18 AM
All The Things You
Artist : Art Tatum
Album : Jazz Giants Play Jerome Kern
Label : Prestige
9:26 AM
All In Love Is Fair
Artist : Cal Tjader-Carmen McRae
Album : Heat Wave
Label : Concord
9:31 AM
Poor Butterfly
Artist : Sonny Rollins
Album : Ballads
Label : Blue Note
9:41 AM
Artist : Dexter Gordon
Album : Generation
Label : Prestige
9:49 AM
With hese Hands
Artist : Les McCann
Album : Much Les
Label : Collectables
9:54 AM
Easy To Love
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Jazz Giants Play Cole Porter
Label : Prestige
10:01 AM
Lover Man
Artist : Art Tatum-Buddy DeFranco
Album : Tatum Group Masterpieces
Label : Pablo
10:08 AM
Old Folks
Artist : Ernestine Anderson
Album : Never Make Your Move Too Soon
Label : Concord
10:17 AM
The Song Is You
Artist : Grant Green
Album : Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark
Label : Blue Note
10:25 AM
Artist : Ramsey Lewis-Lem Winchester
Album : Real Gone Jazz
Label : Real Gone
10:35 AM
Naked City Theme
Artist : Ahmad Jamal
Album : Naked City
Label : Argo
10:39 AM
I Love You
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Jazz Giants Play Cole Porter
Label : Prestige
10:46 AM
Who Can I Turn To
Artist : Arthur Prysock
Album : Best ,of Arthur Prysock
Label : Verve
10:49 AM
My Foolish Heart
Artist : Gene Ammons
Album : Red Top
Label : Past Perfect
10:53 AM
Theme To Grace
Artist : Vince Guaraldi
Album : Definitive Vince Guaraldi
Label : Fantasy
10:58 AM
We’ll Be Together Again
Artist : Mundel Lowe
Album : Guitar Moods
Label : Riverside
11:02 AM
All Blues
Artist : Ray Bryant
Album : All Blues
Label : Pablo
11:11 AM
Don’t Misunderstand
Artist : O.C. Smith
Album : Best Of O.C. Smith
Label : Taragon
11:15 AM
Sweet Georgia Brown
Artist : Raay Brown-Monty Alexander-Herb Ellis
Album : Brown-Alexasnder-Ellis
Label : Concord
11:20 AM
Don’t You Go Away Mad
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Naturally
Label : High Note
11:25 AM
Got You Under My Skin
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Jazz Giants Play Cole Porter
Label : Pretige
11:36 AM
Front And Center
Artist : Lee Smith
Album : Sittin' On A Secret
Label :
11:41 AM
Time After Time
Artist : Jimmy Smith
Album : Music For Lovers
Label : Blue Note
11:47 AM
Spanish Scenery
Artist : Barney Kessel
Album : Workin' Oit
Label : Contemporary
11:53 AM
Just Friends
Artist : Supere Sax And L.A. Voices
Album : Super Sax And L.A.Voices
Label : Columbia
11:58 AM
Our Waltz
Artist : Mundel Lowe
Album : Guitar Moods
Label : Riverside
12:06 PM
Stoney Lonsesome
Artist : Hank Crawford
Album : From The heart
Label : Collectables
12:27 AM
Sweet 16
Artist : Dylan Taylor
Album : Sweeter For The Struggle
Label : Dylan Taylor
12:40 PM
Artist : Dakota Staton
Album : Late. Late Show
Label : Collectables
12:48 PM
Look For The Silver Lining
Artist : Paul Desmond
Album : Jazz Giants Play Jerome Kern
Label : Prestige
12:55 PM
Centrla Park West
Artist : Woody Herman
Album : Best Of Concord Years
Label : Concord


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Metronome Getty Images

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