Billie Holiday

 

This week on The Blues, you're in for a treat, Saturday night at 11pm, October 10th. I spoke with Gary Golio, an award-winning author who writes books for children about famous musicians like Carlos Santana, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix which was a New York Times bestseller. On this special, you'll hear about two of his other books.

The first about Blind Willie Johnson, Dark Was the Night: Blind Willie Johnson's Journey to the Stars and the other about Billie Holiday, Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song.

There'll be songs from both, along with Nina Simone's version of “Strange Fruit,” a song by Sonny Rollins, plus an interview with John Coltrane by Carl-Erik Lindgren during one of Trane's tours with Miles Davis.

This week's blues show, Saturday, January 11th at 11pm, starts off with the Noah  Wotherspoon Band followed by music from Kurt Elling, Dave Frishberg, and Ann Chamberlain & Eddie Morgan.

The second set features Aretha Franklin, Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Redding, and Billie Holiday.  And, we'll end the show with songs from Leonard Cohen, Bobby McFerrin, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and the Allman Brothers.

A great quote from Bobby McFerrin's website:  “Listening to Bobby McFerrin sing may be hazardous to your preconceptions.  Side effects may include unparalleled joy, a new perspective on creativity, rejection of the predictable, and a sudden, irreversible urge to lead a more spontaneous existence.”

This week on The Blues, Saturday, September 28th at 11pm, the show starts off with a song from Wynton Marsalis's "The Midnight Blues: Standard Time, Vol.5" release.  The set also includes Nina Simone and Cincinnati favorite Jimmy McGary.  The second set has songs from Chet Baker, Diana Krall, and the Monty Alexander Trio from their Live! at the Montreux Festival set from 1977.  And, the show ends with songs by Ruth Brown, Miles Davis, Ernestine Anderson, and Billie Holiday.

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One of the songs in the first set of this week's blues show, Saturday, March 23rd at 11pm, is from "The Blues White Album," a tribute to the Beatles "White Album," featuring Joe Louis Walker performing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."  This song is followed by Buddy Guy's "74 Years Young."  The set begins with Curtis Salgado's "Strung Out" from his Alligator release, "Soul Shot."

Madeleine Peyroux is a singer who has many fans here in Cincinnati.  Her voice has been described as reminiscent of jazz vocalist Billie Holiday.  She recently released her album "Anthem" which was produced and co-written by Larry Klein who also worked with Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock.  In support of this new release, she'll be playing at Ludlow Garage on Saturday, September 29th.  

Elaine Diehl spoke with her at her Brooklyn home while taking a break on August 9th.  They discussed the new album, personal connection to her audiences, the writing process with a group, band members, guitars, and Billie Holiday.


The Blues: 3.3.18 show

Mar 1, 2018

On this week's blues show, Saturday, March 3rd at 11pm, Big Maybelle starts the music off with "Rain Down Rain."  She's followed by songs from Nina Simone, Ruth Brown, and Lou Rawls.  The second set features Etta James, Long John Baldry, Hugh Laurie and Leon Russell.  Johnny Adams begins the third set of the show with the title track of "Real Me," and then you'll hear from Chet Baker as well as Ann Chamberlain & Eddie Morgan.  Ending this edition of The Blues, Ernestine Anderson and Billie Holiday.

The Blues: 6.13.15 show

Jun 8, 2015

This week on the Blues, Saturday night at 11 o'clock on June 13th, you'll hear the great BB King doing "Early in the Morning" with help from Van Morrison.  You'll also hear from the Neville Brothers in the first set.

The Blues: 6.6.15 show

Jun 4, 2015

This week's Blues show, 11pm on Saturday, June 6th, begins with New Orleans native Wynton Marsalis, the great blues singer Nina Simone, and Cincinnati's own jazz legend Jimmy McGary.  Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will be performing at Cincinnati's Riverbend Music Center on Saturday night, July 11th, and then heading up to the Rose Music Center at the Heights concert venue the next evening, Sunday, July 12th.

The legendary Billie Holiday's performance of "Blue Moon" opens this week's edition of Swing with Bill Cartwright on Saturday, May 2nd at 10pm.  Ms. Holiday is followed by Ted Heath, Steve Tyrell, and the great Jimmy Dorsey.  You'll also hear the classic "Woodchopper's Ball" by Woody Herman at the end of the first half of the program.

The second half of Bill's swing show begins with Frank Sinatra performing "Stars Fell on Alabama" and ends with "James Session" by Harry James.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, Saturday, April 11th at 10pm, you'll hear the great Billie Holiday and a duet by Tony Bennett and k.d. lang.  A couple of the other vocalists featured on his show include Carmen McRae with "I Was Doing All Right," and Carly Simon with "The More I See You."  A few of the big bands featured include Woody Herman and Benny Goodman.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday's birthday (4/7/15), I've put together a one-hour special celebrating her work that'll air on Saturday, April 11th at 11pm.  You'll hear from jazz vocalist Amy London, former WNOP disc jockey Robyn Carey-Allgeyer, and musician Ron Esposito who interviews John Szwed about his new book on Billie. There are plenty of songs by Billie Holiday as well as tunes performed by four vocalists who recorded tribute albums of her work...Tony Bennett, Carmen McRae, Rosemary Clooney, and  Cassandra Wilson.

Singers past and present dominate Bill's swing show this Saturday evening, March 21st at 10pm.  The show begins with Bobby Darin, "Sunday in New York," and Linda Ronstadt's, "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance."  You'll also hear from Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble and Julie London in the first half of the program.

Grammy Award-winning jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter and producer, Cassandra Wilson, will be performing on Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Hall Auditorium, 101 S. Campus Ave, on Miami University’s Oxford campus. Wilson’s 2015 tour is an otherworldly musical homage to legendary jazz vocalist Billie Holiday on the 100th anniversary of the singer's birth. "A dream of mine is happening," said Wilson, "I've been in love with Billie Holiday's voice since the moment I heard it, and she has inspired me throughout my career."

On this Swing Valentine's Day special, Bill begins with a Frank Sinatra selection, "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" followed by Linda Ronstadt's "What'll I Do." 

Later in the program, you'll hear Billie Holiday, the Four Freshmen, and Maxine Sullivan.  The romantic Swing show ends with Doris Day's "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and Ted Heath's salute to Glenn Miller, "Moonlight Serenade."