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Phratry

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15 years ago, Jerry Dirr decided to start his own record label, Phratry Records,  in the bedroom of his home in Cincinnati.

When the label celebrated its 10th anniversary, Jerry partnered with director Shane Chaney with the intention of compiling video footage of the various Phratry bands into a documentary short film.

Five years and hours of film later, the completed feature-length film is finally ready for its premiere.

To learn more about the label, the film and the celebration, I spoke with Phratry Records founder Jerry Dirr as well as producers David Cornelius Matt Gray from Argo One Productions.

Chris Smither is one of those singer/songwriters who's been on the scene for fifty years and loves to keep bringing joy to his fans with his music.  Promoting his first album of originals in six years, Call Me Lucky, Smither will be bringing his tour to the 20th Century Theater in Oakley on Wednesday, April 10th.  Kevin Gordon will be opening for him.  Doors open at 7pm with music beginning at 8 o'clock.  

Elaine Diehl spoke with him by phone on March 19th about his new album, his tour of Ireland in January, and the fact that he's only playing 100 shows per year.  Smither also talks about the guitar he'll be playing at the 20th Century solo show, which songs he prepares for shows, and what he does in his time off.  Chris Smither also said that he grew up in New Orleans and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts now, but still makes red beans and rice once a week.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, you'll her many beautiful voices, including Mel Torme's "Don Cho Go Way Mad," Sammy Davis, Jr.'s "September Song" and The Four Freshmen's "Give Me the Simple Life."

The Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame is preparing to induct its fifth class of local musicians on Sunday, March 31 at Mount St. Joseph University

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Ohio State Fair officials have announced this year's concert lineup, and it includes a mix of everything from classic rock and R&B to country and comedy. 

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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."

The Joe Policastro Trio is bringing their jazz sounds in support of their new release, Nothing Here Belongs, to Caffe Vivace on Friday, April 5th. 

During their conversation, Joe, who's a Cincinnati native, talks about some of the songs on the new cd, what the band's process is working up arrangements, and the chemistry of the band members.  Joe also talks about the club where they play regularly in Chicago, Pops in Champagne.

The week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear great songs like Woody Herman's "Woodchopper's Ball," Tex Beneke's "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" and The Mills Brothers' "Paper Doll."

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Dr. Catherine Roma is one of the area's most respected choral music leaders, having led groups like MUSE through the years. Now, she focuses her attention on leading groups inside local prisons

The local jazz vocal group No Promises will join two other musical entities for concerts in early April. On April 4, they'll join with the Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers gospel group and on April 6, it's their collaboration with the Cincinnati Collaborative Ringing Project

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, a song from Cincinnati's Riley School of Irish Music: Happy Remembrance from their CD, The Road to Riley.

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, March 16th at 11pm, we're going to dig into the catalogs of several blues musicians beginning in the first set with Galactic, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and their Tedeschi Trucks Band.  The second set begins with guitar legend Lonnie Mack, Tab Benoit, Delbert McClinton, and Sugar Ray & The Bluetones.  Ending this blues show in the third set is guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, Marc Broussard, and Keith Little.

Many of these musicians are coming to Cincinnati to perform.  Tommy Emmanuel & Jorma Kaukonen at the Taft Theatre 9/27.  Marc Broussard w/Jonny Lang & JJ Grey at the PNC Pavilion 8/8.  Galactic's coming to Riverbend 6/1 w/George Clinton's One Nation Under a Groove tour.  And, the Tedeschi Trucks Band's playing PNC Pavilion 7/19.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, you'll hear Bobby Darin's "I'm Beginning to See the Light," The King Sisters' "Imagination" and Joe Gransden's "Fly Me to the Moon."

Over the Rhine, the local band featuring wife & husband musicians Karin Berquist and Linford Detweiler, celebrates their 30th anniversary in 2019 with the new CD Love & Revelation

Caffe Vivace, the coffee shop/jazz club in Walnut Hills, has established a non-profit arm called Jazz Vivace to promote jazz and jazz performances. 

On this week's episode of Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Judy Garland's "On the Atchinson, Topeka & Sante Fe," Count Basie's "Lullaby of Birdland" and Ella Fitzgerald's "A Fine Romance."

This year many nationally known musicians will be making stops in the Greater Cincinnati area.  Tours have already been booked at Memorial Hall, Riverbend, U.S. Bank Arena, and the Rose Music Center at The Heights. 

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is also presenting their annual "Classical Roots" concert in honor of International Women's Day on Friday, March 8th at Music Hall.  And, country legend Mickey Gilley is bringing his Urban Cowboy Reunion Show to the Belterra Casino Resort on Saturday, March 9th with Johnny Lee.  

The Greenwich in Walnut Hills presents a variety of musical performances, but jazz is their bread and butter. 

Join us this Saturday evening, March 2nd at 11pm, for a trip down to New Orleans for a Mardi Gras edition of The Blues!  You'll hear from many iconic musicians like Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Beausoleil, Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, the Neville Brothers, and of course, Cincinnati's own Ricky Nye.

If you love New Orleans as much as I do, you might want to mark your calendar for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival running from Thursday, April 25th to Sunday, April 28th and the next week, Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 5th.  They've added another day...the first Thursday...this year.

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