local musicians

Life In The Pandemic With Musician Ric Hordinski

Jul 3, 2020
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Musician, CCM faculty, and owner of Monastery Studio, Ric Hordinski  is staying busy through the pandemic, plus his photojournalist daughter has gained the family an international fan base. He joins Elaine Diehl to talk music in our current world and the “life in the time of COVID” feature his daughter Madeline, an Ohio University student, did for the BBC.

Fresh Music From The Voyager Jazz Ensemble

May 22, 2020
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A collaboration of local jazz players known as The Voyager Jazz Ensemble was able to finish up their first recording just before the pandemic lockdown. Elaine Diehl talks with the entire ensemble and plays a piece from the CD called Rites of Passage

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Lee Hay and her guests pay tribute to Cincinnati stomp-blues legend Big Joe Duskin.

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Local singer Annie Donnellon Davis recently digitally released her spiritual album, A Sacred Collection, and she’s in our studio with Elaine Diehl to talk about her life and this new project. She’s also joined by pianist Julie Spangler for a performance of “How Great Thou Art.”

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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.

King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, is a five-part series hosted by Lee Hay and is produced to honor the label’s impact on Cincinnati and music.

The series includes interviews with former King musicians, music historians, and music fans. A roundtable discussion of King Records moderated by music journalist Larry Nager and including Otis Williams and the Charms (Jimmy Railey, J.J. Peterson, and Rufus Allen), session drummer Philip Paul and his wife Juanita, and vocalist Keith Little is also featured.

King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, Part I 

The tradition continues! Since 2005, host/producer Lee Hay has assembled a holiday feast of music and spoken word featuring some of Cincinnati's finest musicians, storytellers, and personalities. This year is no exception. 

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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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Brian O'Donnell has two interviews in celebration of the iconic Ludlow Garage’s 50th Anniversary Reunion happening on August 17:

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In the final interview he recorded for Around Cincinnati, Frank Johnson spoke last fall to Darren Blase of Northside's Shake-It Records about their just released Cincinnati Musical Legends Trading Cards, Set #1. This project, a collaboration with ArtWorks, celebrates the rich diversity of Cincinnati's music scene through the years with 36 cards featuring the likes of Lonnie Mack, Katie Laur, The Cotton Club, and more.

Update: You can see the original artwork in an exhibition at the Public Library of Cincinnati entitled, "Cincinnati Musical Legends: Art from the First Deck."  In this exhibition, you'll see the source materials artists used for their portraits.  The exhibition is located on the second floor connector in the Main Library downtown and will be up through December 31st.

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Aprina Johnson spends her days helping transform Cincinnati's Walnut Hills neighborhood as the community outreach coordinator for the Redevelopment Foundation, but after hours, she is an accomplished musical/communal activist with an album coming out in the fall. She is in our studio with Elaine Diehl for a conversation about her life and work, plus she performs her song “Ima Pick You U Up."

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On August 4, Cincinnati's The Eric Wurzelbacher Quartet will perform at the legendary Newport Jazz Festival. Before they go, our Elaine Diehl welcomes the group into our studio for a conversation and performance. Here is an additional live performance recorded at Cincinnati Public Radio:


Back and bigger than ever! 91.7 WVXU and Radio Artifact present 2 nights of amazing  music performed by local bands and musicians who have entered NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest.

Happening Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at Northside's Urban Artifact, home to AAA station Radio Artifact (heard on 1660 AM. radioartifact.com, and WVXU-HD 2), this new format for the Showcase will allow the invited bands to play longer for their fans and new listeners alike.

AND NOW...the line-up has been announced! Join us for one or both nights of great local music!

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You can catch great live jazz music at the Lane Library in Hamilton on six Tuesdays at noon this summer. Brian O'Donnell has details on the performers and dates.

New Music From Cincinnati's Own Freekbass

May 31, 2019
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He's still on the radio at Radio Artifact and has a new album out. The one and only Freekbass is in the studio with our Ron Esposito to talk about All the Way This. All the Way That. The release party is happening on June 6 at Top Cats in Corryville.

On Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m., local music legend Bootsy Collins will talk with Freekbass about the new album on Facebook Live.

Their conversation (split into 2 parts) include subjects like the “popping sound on the bass,” his bass-playing techniques, why he doesn’t have a guitarist in the band, photo shoots, endorsement of a new line of basses & a trip to New Zealand to record a video for it, why he plays a 4-string bass, and Questlove.

Jazz, Latin, Bluegrass…all those musical styles and more will be featured this summer at Covington's Behringer Crawford Museum's Music@BCM concert series. Organizer Mark Schlachter and Executive Director Laurie Risch are in the studio with Lee Hay to talk about the diversity of local music that will be heard on Thursday nights.


One of the area's most popular fundraising concerts returns to The Carnegie in Covington when Suits That Rock takes the stage on June 22 and 29. 

Two local musicians who moonlight (or daylight) as bartenders have combined their mixology skills in a new recipe book called Cincinnati Rocktails

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. 

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