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I want to share some softer music this week on the show, 11pm, Saturday night, September 19th.  A song from Diana Krall starts the program followed by "Round Midnight" by Chet Baker and Harry Connick, Jr.'s version of "Love for Sale."  Diana Krall's got a new album coming out Sept. 25th with Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton, two of the musicians backing her on this release entitled, ”This Dream of You.”

You'll hear three vocalists in the second set starting with Holly Cole, Jimmy Scott, an instrumental by John Coltrane, and ending with k.d. lang.   Here's a quote from Trane in 1966, less than a year before he passed away, that's significant:  

I know that there are bad forces, forces that bring suffering to others and misery to the world. I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force which is truly for good.”

This program ends with vocalist Kurt Elling, who will perform on an online jazz benefit in Pinecrest, Florida, on December 12th ,and "My Funny Valentine" by Miles Davis from his "Muted Miles" album.  

I saw Miles perform three times, twice at Music Hall and the last concert at Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans on 4/27/91, a few months before his death.  I had a ticket for Harry Connick, Jr.'s show at the Saenger Theatre, his first back home in front of his friends and family, and then after a few songs, hustled over to Municipal Auditorium where B.B. King was finishing up his opening set before Miles came on stage.

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, March 9th at 11pm, the show begins with a new Alligator release by Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Killin' It Live.  They're coming to Southgate House Revival on Tuesday, April 30th.  The rest of the first set includes music from the Allman Brothers Band, Derek and the Dominos, and Sonny Landreth.

The second set begins with a new one from Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio and continues with Whitney Shay from San Diego, Lake Street Dive (who will be at Fraze Pavilion June 15th), and ends with the legend, Otis Redding.  The last set features Jimmy Scott, Miles Davis, Diana Krall, and Leonard Cohen.

This week's blues show starts off with one of my favorites by Diana Krall, "Peel Me A Grape" followed by a song from John Coltrane's Ballads cd and one by Kurt Elling.  Dave Frishberg begins the second set along with Harry Connick, Jr., Leon Russell, Prince, and ends with Mary Ellen Tanner singing with the Lee Stolar Trio.  And the show ends with Etta James, Miles Davis, Johnny Adams, and Philip Paul.

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This one was for Dad. And the Santangelo family.

Scott Santangelo's new book, "The Ohio Valley Jazz Festival," is a tribute to his father, promoter Dino Santangelo, who created the summer jazz festival in 1962 which morphed into the city's huge R&B weekend.

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For six decades, the Santangelos have brought us the greatest names in R&B, rock and jazz – the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner, the Grateful Dead and ZZ Top.

A friend of mine gave me a copy of Holly Cole's cd "Temptation" which is a collection of Tom Waits' tunes, so I thought I'd start this show off with one of her songs.  (Saturday, May 6th at 11pm)  And, funny how this happens, but her song, "Falling Down" led to Abbey Lincoln, Mary Ellen Tanner and Larry Kinley.  It's a jazz thing.  

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards, with around 70 categories this year, will be presented on Sunday, February 12th at 8pm.  So, on Saturday, February 4th at 11pm, you'll hear a special Grammy edition of the Blues.  We’ll start off with music from some of the blues-nominated musicians including Lurrie Bell, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Janiva Magness.  

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The "Miles Ahead" soundtrack, released in April along with Don Cheadle's movie about jazz icon Miles Davis, is up for a Grammy Award.

The film, shot here in 2014, joins Cincinnati jazz pianist Fred Hersch among nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards presented Sunday, Feb. 12, on CBS from the Los Angeles Staples Center.

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Aug 23, 2016

The summer repeats of The Blues continue with a show from November, 2012, which begins with Van Morrison's "Open the Door" and also includes songs by Miles Davis and Marcus Miller.

Miles Ahead

Apr 12, 2016
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Sunday, May 15 at 9:00 pm

As Miles Ahead, actor/director Don Cheadle’s film about Miles Davis, opens in movie theaters this spring, WVXU presents a special look at Davis, the film and his music.

Featured are interviews with Cheadle, score composer Robert Glasper, members of Miles' family and music from the film. You’ll enjoy classic Miles Davis tracks: Seven Steps to Heaven, Frelon Brun, Miles Ahead, Solea, Black Satin, Prelude, part 2, So What, Back Seat Betty; and new cuts from Robert Glasper’s score.

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You just know that jazz expert Oscar Treadwell is smiling on Cincinnati.

Ten years after his death, his adopted hometown provides the background for a major motion picture about jazz icon Miles Davis, Don Cheadle’s new "Miles Ahead."

Treadwell, who died on April 1, 2006, at age 79, was the jazz voice and conscience for Cincinnati for 46 years.  

If a Miles Davis tune was heard on radio here, most likely it was on Treadwell's shows on WVXU-FM, WNOP-AM, WGUC-FM, WVAE-FM or WZIP-AM. In fact, "O.T." is such an institution that his shows are still on the air here at WVXU-FM 10 p.m.-midnight Sunday.

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Now it can be told: Veteran film producer Pam Hirsch (“The Winning Season,” “Girl Most Likely,” “Labor Pains”) wasn’t sure she could make “Miles Ahead” here two years ago.

“When we came to Cincinnati, we were not sold,” Hirsch said after the Cincinnati premiere of the film Saturday, a fund-raiser for the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

John Kiesewetter takes us behind-the-scenes on the locally filmed biopic of musician Miles Davis, Miles Ahead.

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The trailer for “Miles Ahead” hits all the high notes that director-star Don Cheadle told me about his Miles Davis movie before filming started in July 2014.

I can’t wait to see more, but I will. “Miles Ahead,” Cheadle’s directorial debut, is scheduled to arrive in theaters April 1.

--It’s not a “bio picture,” as many keep calling it.

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Brian Douglas, WKRQ-FM’s MVP – most versatile personality – leaves Q102 Friday to take a shot at becoming a full-time photographer.

After moonlighting as the official photographer for “Marauders,” Mariah Carey’s “A Christmas Melody” and Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead,” Douglas opened his show at 3 p.m. Thursday by telling listeners his last day is Friday.

“The past 28 years have been the absolute best years of my life. I have been blessed beyond belief to work at Q102 in my hometown of Cincinnati,” said Douglas, who will do some part-time fill-in shifts at Q102, as his schedule permits. 

The popular afternoon DJ with Laura Powell had been shifted to mornings with a revolving door of co-hosts before the station hired Jeff Thomas and Jenn Jordan in 2002. Douglas and Powell have been No. 1 in the afternoon Nielsen ratings since 2011 for women ages 25-54, the station's target demographic.

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The New York Times has dubbed Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead” an Academy Awards contender, along with that other film shot in Cincinnati last year, “Carol” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

“Anyone who wants to get a jump on possible Oscar nominees for 2017… should check out ‘Miles Ahead,’ the closing-night film” Sunday at the New York Film Festival, wrote A. O. Scott.

Cheadle made his directorial debut and starred as iconic jazz innovator Miles Davis in the film shot here in July 2014. He also co-wrote the script, set in 1979, about the trumpeter and a Rolling Stone reporter (Ewan McGregor) trying to recover an unreleased recording stolen from the musician’s home at the end of his five-year, self-imposed “silent period” out of the public eye. The Times said:

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Extras are needed for “Marauders,” a new thriller starring Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni and Dave Bautista shooting here later this month.

Willis (Die Hard,” “The SixthSense,” “Armageddon”) plays a corrupt bank owner being investigated by the FBI.  

Bautista, a former pro wrestler and mixed martial fighter, starred in  “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Meloni, Emmy nominee for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” has appeared in “Man of Steel”and “42.”

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The first official trailer for “Carol,” the 1950’s love story filmed here last year, has been posted on YouTube to promote the movie release on Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving.

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  Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead” movie about jazz icon Miles Davis has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for distribution.

The film, shot last summer in Cincinnati starring Cheadle and Ewan McGregor, “is likely to arrive (in theaters) this fall, with an awards campaign to accompany it,” reports the Los Angeles Times. Without a distributor, “its immediate fate was uncertain,” the site says.

“Miles Ahead” and Cate Blanchett’s “Carol,” filmed here in April last year, could arrive in theaters about the same time. The release of “Carol” has been moved up from December to Nov. 20, the big movie weekend before Thanksgiving, according to the International Movie Database.

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A year after filming started for “Miles Ahead,” Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis movie, no release date has been set for the film. The International Movie Database just says “2015” for the release date.

Cheadle began his directorial debut filming downtown on July 7, 2014, in front of the Cincinnati Bell building, 209 W. Seventh St., which was portraying CBS headquarters in New York City in 1979.

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