Bob Nave

Courtesy Bob Nave

Play It Forward honors Bob Nave, the musician and radio DJ who died Jan. 28, with a memorial show 2-6 p.m. at The Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, on Sunday, Feb. 16.

A visitation for Nave will be 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Spring Grove Cemetery Funeral Home, 4389 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, according to his obit. There will be no funeral service.

Chuck Madden

Bob was a friend who shared many interests like NASCAR, jazz, blues, radio, and life.  We'll miss him.

Chuck Madden

This week on The Blues, Saturday, February 8th at 11pm, a tribute to Bob Nave who passed away last week.  His obituary will be published by The Cincinnati Enquirer on February 9th, and Play It Forward is planning a musical celebration in honor of Bob next Sunday, February 16th from 2-7pm at The Redmoor in Mt. Lookout.

The rest of this week's blues show features music in the first two sets by musicians including Curtis Salgado, Eric Clapton, Red Garland, and Etta James.

This has been a sad week for many of us who have known Bob Nave for years.  Bob contributed to a number of my specials including ones about Janis Joplin, Tim Goshorn, and Kenny Poole.  Plus, he interviewed a number of folks for "Around Cincinnati."  So, it was hard to hear of his passing earlier this week.  Details of a memorial service are still pending.  

In this week's blues show, Saturday, February 1st at 11pm, you'll hear from a number of female musicians including Jonell Mosser, Joan Armatrading, Susan Tedeschi, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and k.d.lang.  You'll also hear from Keb' Mo' & Joe Cocker in the first set; John Hammond, Bob Dylan, and the Goshorn Brothers in the second set; and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, plus Leonard Cohen in the last set.

Courtesy Bob Nave

The multi-talented Bob Nave, who died Tuesday at home, is hard to describe in one sentence.

I first heard him playing jazz on old WNOP-AM (740), "Radio Free Newport," broadcast from floating oil drums on the Ohio River in the 1970s.

If you were into rock music in the 1960s, you heard him playing keyboard on "Green Tambourine" with The Lemon Pipers.

Play it Forward, the foundation raising money for local musicians in need, will present the annual Cincinnati Guitar Festival fundraiser at Covington's Madison Theatre on April 27. 

Courtesy Dennis George Funeral Home

In Cleves, Walter W. Harrell was also known as "Finn" during and after his service as a village councilman  and Miami Township trustee.

To listeners of WNOP-AM, Newport's "Jazz Ark," which floated on the Ohio River in the 1970s, he was DJ Bunky Tadwell.

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Drummer John Von Ohlen, co-founder of the Blue Wisp Big Band and featured soloist with the Stan Kenton and Woody Herman orchestras, died Wednesday. He was 77.

A classic Cincinnati band of the 1960's will be celebrated at an upcoming fundraiser for the Play It Forward foundation, supporting local musicians in need. 

Play It Forward, the local effort to support musicians in need, is bringing together some of Cincinnati's best guitar slingers for a night of music and fundraising. 

 

This year's blues Christmas special is dedicated to the memory of WVXU Production Assistant Kevin Rowinski who started his radio broadcast career while a student at Xavier University.  Cincinnati Public Radio brought him on board in 2005 where he enjoyed his work on a number of award-winning specials over the years.  Sadly, he passed away in the spring of 2016, but his work is still highly valued by those who worked with him.  So, this blues special is one which he helped me produce in 2014.  

This picture of him was taken at a Cincinnati Reds ballgame even though his first love was the Cleveland Indians.  He loved sports and has left lasting memories with those of us who were lucky enough to share time with him.

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, April 15th at 11pm, the spotlight's on the late, great guitarist Lonnie Mack who passed away a year ago on April 21, 2016.  You'll hear many of his songs, as well as some songs with Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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On New Year’s Eve 15 years ago, Cincinnati jazz lovers weren’t celebrating. They were about to lose their favorite station, WNOP-AM, which last broadcast jazz on Dec. 31, 2000.

For 40 years, the crazy little station filled the airwaves with Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz giants.

It was unlike any other station in Cincinnati – or possibly the nation. Who else broadcast from three huge oil tanks welded together, floating on the Ohio River on the Newport shore.

They called it “The Jazz Ark.”