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The 6th Annual Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and concert, originally scheduled for March 22, has been postponed due to current health concerns. We do still want you to hear about the plans so you'll be ready for the rescheduled date!

As the Hall of Fame's founder, Kay Casey, tells our host, Lee Hay, there will be seven new inductees, two special recognitions, four awarded scholarships, plus performances from the Jazz at Dusk combo, The Greater Cincinnati Youth Jazz Collaborative, and the legendary Blue Wisp Jazz Band.

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A very special musical event is coming to OTR's Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 21. Legendary songwriter and musician Jimmy Webb will be onstage in a multi-media tribute to his longtime friend and collaborator, Glen Campbell. Elaine Diehl caught up with Jimmy Webb to learn more about their relationship and this very personal night of music and images.

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Back for its 22nd year, WoodyFest celebrates the music and ideas of the inimitable Woody Guthrie. Local musicians Jake Speed and Ed Cunningham will be part of the event, happening March 7 at the Liberty Exhibition Hall in Northside.

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Lynx Project takes the words of individuals on the Autism spectrum and amplifies their voices by commissioning their texts and poetry to be turned into song. This year, the project will feature the words and poetry of four individuals with autism ranging from ages 9 – 19. Caitleen Kahn and Christopher Hauser from Lynx Project join Elaine Diehl to preview their February 29 performance.

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The life of iconic 50's rocker Buddy Holly is coming to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park starting January 18.

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Book Review: Roberta Schultz reviews Pauletta Hansel's latest book of poems, Coal Town Photograph, and previews an upcoming musical/spoken word presentation of the book at the Newport Branch of the Campbell County Public Library.

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Noah Wotherspoon is one of the busiest blues musicians in the area and he recently spent some time with our Elaine Diehl to talk about his new music and touring. He also performs a couple of his songs, "Hip to Your Jive," and "Don't Let the Darkness."

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It's going to be a cowboy and cowgirl Christmas party on December 4 when musical duo The Farmer & Adele moseys over to Newport's Southgate House Revival with local favorite Mike Oberst. Grace Adele and Kennan Wade spend a few minutes with our Elaine Diehl to talk about their music and the idea for this family-friendly holiday concert.

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Singer/songwriter and unique instrumentalist Matt Venuti returns to Cincinnati for a November 30 performance at the Center for Spiritual Living. He joins our Ron Eposito by phone to talk about his music, his fascination with instruments like the Hang, and his life on the road as a traveling musician.

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Singer Marcia Ball, renowned for her rollicking live blues shows, will appear with her band on November 7 at Middletown's Sorg Opera House. She's on the phone with our Elaine Diehl to talk about life on the road, her band, and her admiration for the blues musicians who came before her.

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One-time American Idol winner Ruben Studdard will be in concert at Memorial Hall in OTR on November 14 with his tribute to the late, great Luther Vandross. He recently spoke by phone with our contributor Yemi Oyediran about his life, career, and his interpretation of the classic Luther hits.

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The end of November will bring the traditional visit by holiday favorites, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, for two performances at both U.S. Bank Arena (November 29) and Dayton's Nutter Center (November 30.) Drummer and original member Jeff Plate previews this year's concert in a conversation with host Lee Hay.

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You know him as a versatile musician and the congenial host of Live From Here (heard on 91.7 and 88.5 Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at noon.) Chris Thile is coming to Memorial Hall for a solo acoustic performance on November 13 and he talks about his music and hosting Life From Here in this conversation with Elaine Diehl.

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Happening on Friday, October 25 at The Redmoor in Mt. Lookout is You Know You're Right, a multi-artist tribute show to the influential grunge rock band Nirvana. Charles Baker from the local band Six Hours to Kill is the organizer, and he's in the studio with Elaine Diehl to talk about the impact Nirvana had on him as well as this being the 30th anniversary of the band's release Bleach and their appearance at Murphy's Pub in Clifton.

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For the second season of Queen City Cabaret, they will follow up last year's celebration of singer Rosemary Clooney with a "Sentimental Journey" tribute to Evanston's own Doris Day. Performers and co-artistic directors Sarah Folsom & Matthew Umphreys join our Elaine Diehl to talk about their sophomore season and the two upcoming Doris Day performances: September 20 at Caffe Vivace in Walnut Hills and September 22 at Hamilton's Fitton Center.

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The Whispering Beard Folk Festival, celebrating its 12th year, is leaving the communal atmosphere of Friendship, Indiana for the big city party vibe of Cincinnati's Smale Park. With a preview of all the music and fun that will happen along the river August 22-24, organizer Catfish Washbordio is with our music contributor Elaine Diehl.

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A celebration of Native American music and culture is coming to Springboro's Patricia Allen Park on August 24-25. Organizer and performer Douglas Blue Feather previews this year's Ohio Valley Indigenous Music Festival during this conversation with Ron Esposito.

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Bestselling singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge is in concert at the Taft Theatre on August 19, but first she's on the phone with our Elaine Diehl for a wide-ranging conversation. She talks about how she stays positive after all these years on the road, her various albums, and how much her show experience has changed since her 1988 debut.

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Otis Williams is the founding, and only surviving, member of the original, legendary, super-group The Temptations. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are currently on tour with The Righteous Brothers and will be in concert at Cincinnati's PNC Pavilion on Friday, July 26. Elaine Diehl had the chance to speak with Otis Williams about the history, music, and legacy of The Temptations.

Celebrating Independence Day With The Cincinnati Pops

Jun 21, 2019
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For many, July 4th wouldn't be the same without a trip to Riverbend Music Center for the annual Cincinnati Pops Red, White and BOOM! concert and fireworks. Joining Anne Arenstein with a preview of that concert and a look ahead at the Pops' 2019-20 season is Conductor John Morris Russell.

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