Music

After the death of the legendary bluegrass performer Dr. Ralph Stanley, his son, Ralph Stanley II, took over the band known as the Clinch Mountain Boys and they continue to create and record some of the finest and most popular bluegrass music.

They will be in concert at Middletown's Sorg Opera House and in advance of that, Lee Hay talks with Ralph II about his father and carrying on with the band.

The Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame is in the beginning stages of collecting and planning for a brick-and-mortar museum, including the recent purchase of the piano and other items from Reading's Sorrento's restaurant.

Joining John Kiesewetter with more details on all the activities of the hall of fame organization are President Kay Casey and Board Member Sue Brown.

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Shawn James will be on stage at the Southgate House Revival on Friday night, September 27th.  He recently spoke by phone with Elaine Diehl about his musical career.  James says that he's toured the USA & Europe and that he's put all his belongings in storage while he continues touring. 

The power of his music seems to appeal to folks all over the map...all age groups...no specific demographics.  James said that he's been obsessed with legends since he was a young boy, and they show up in his lyrics.  Orpheus is one of his favorites and opens his new album, "The Dark & the Light."

Shawn James is also excited to return to the Southgate House Revival and play in the room with stained glass windows.  The rest of his tour will be in the Midwest and then moving on to the West Coast.

The Washington Opera House in Maysville, Kentucky, is hosting award-winning Russian concert pianist Dina Ivanova on Thursday, September 19th at 7pm.  This concert is part of the John W. McNeill Memorial Music Series.  Dina Ivanova is a winner of the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition and will be performing works by Liszt, Rubinstein, Schubert, and Schumann during her performance.  

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Steve Lawrence's "Side By Side," Les Brown's "Tangerine" and Billie Holiday's "Too Marvelous For Words."

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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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This week's blues show, Saturday night, September 21st at 11pm, will feature local musicians.  The first set starts off with Lonnie Mack, Noah Hunt, the High Street Rhythm Rockers, and Jimmy McGary.  This set's followed by one with Sweet Alice Hoskins, Sonny Moorman, the Kelly Richey Band, and musicians from the Shades of Blue compilation including Steve Schmidt and Larry Goshorn.

And, the last set in the blues show begins with H-Bomb Ferguson, then Big Joe Duskin, Pigmeat Jarrett, and Ricky Nye.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Sammy Davis Jr.'s "Bye Bye Blackbird," Frank Sinatra's "You're Getting to be a Habit With Me" and Ella Fitzgerald's "The Blue Room."

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The Xavier University Music Series is back in session.

Ron Esposito welcomes the director of this music series, Polina Bespalko, to the studio for a preview of the Jazz Series with its first concert featuring Terri Lynn Carrington’s Money Jungle on September 25 in the Gallagher Center.

Melanie Davis: Allegoria

Sep 5, 2019

Melanie Davis is a wonderful singer-songwriter from Murray, KY whose writing is imbued with intense passion wrapped in beautiful harmonies.

She and her partner - Fate McAfee (Diesel Palomino) - are performing at Cincinnati’s Listing Loon on September 11 and I thought you might enjoy getting to know a bit more about her and her music.

Look for Allegoria by Melanie Davis to be released in early 2020.

Marcia Ball begins this week's blues show, Saturday, September 7th at 11pm, with the title track from her album, "The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man." Music from the Bluebirds and Gov't Mule finish out the first set.  The second set includes songs from Charlie Musselwhite, the Wilbert Longmire Quartet, Tom Waits, and Louis Armstrong.  And the show ends with the music of Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Jeff Beck, and J.J. Cale.

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I got a press release a few days ago about a young musician, Adam Chaffins, who's getting some national attention recently.  He's been featured on NPR's World Cafe Nashville and as one of the best new artists playing AmericanaFest according to NPR City Scene.  Rolling Stone has also highlighted his song, I'm Over You, as one of the 10 Best Country and Americana Songs to Hear Now.  According to his press release, Chaffin's also come to the attention of one of my Nashville favorites, Buddy Miller.

So, Adam Chaffins will be on stage at Northside Tavern this Thursday, September 5th at 9pm and the following night, Friday, September 6th in his hometown, Louisa, Kentucky, for their SeptemberFest.  

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Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati, begins another season of Music Live & Lunch concerts this Tuesday, September 3rd from 12:10-1pm with guitarist James Meade.  The series runs through Tuesday, May 26th, 2020.

Associate Music Director Shiloh Roby recently spoke with Elaine Diehl about the series which began in 1971.  Roby has been running the series since 2010 with an aim to include as many musical genres as possible including jazz, bluegrass, world music, classical and even use the church's organ occasionally.  His goal is to have different performers each week, so that no two weeks in a row are the same genre.  

They're currently looking for volunteers to usher as well as help in the kitchen to help with the lunches which are available for purchase each Tuesday.  Music lovers may also bring their own lunches with them.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear The King Sisters' "Early Autumn," Caterina Valente's "Old Devil Moon" and Lulee Fisher's "Mood Indigo."

No Promises Vocal Band: The Nines

Aug 30, 2019

Cincinnati's No Promises Vocal Band is ready to release its latest EP, a collection of unique stylings of jazz standards called The Nines.

As Elaine Diehl learns from Nat Comisar, the release will be celebrated at a Memorial Hall concert on Thursday, September 19.

On The Blues this week, Saturday, August 31st at 11pm, Ron Esposito speaks by phone with Stanley Booth about his new book, Red Hot and Blue, which recounts his 50 years of writing about the music scene in Memphis.  Their conversation was recorded on July 16th.

During this blues show, you'll hear not only their conversation, but also music from Mose Allison, Furry Lewis, Percy Mayfield, Elvis Presley, Albert King, Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, and Booker T. & the Mgs.

At the end of this blues show, you'll hear a set of music with Big Joe Duskin, Ricky Nye, Ben Levin, and Professor Longhair.

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Patty Smyth & her band Scandal will appear on PNC Pavilion's stage with Rick Springfield and Greg Kihn on Friday, September 6th at 7:30 which also features a pre-show wine tasting.  Smyth is replacing Eddie Money who cancelled his remaining tour dates due to pneumonia complications from a heart valve procedure and is also dealing with stage 4 esophageal cancer.  The tour will move up to Rose Music Center the next night, September 7th.

Elaine began their conversation mentioning that she saw Patty on tour with John Waite many years ago.  They discussed the members of her band, multi-generational fans, and a new recording that's coming out in January.  Patty also mentioned that she calls New York City home with her kids and husband tennis legend John McEnroe.  They also mentioned her self-titled 1992 album (that went gold), the song "Hands Tied," and covers of "Whole Lotta Love" and "Piece of My Heart" that she probably won't be performing this tour.

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Hank Williams recorded four songs in the Herzog Studios for MGM on August 30th, 1949.  In honor of the 70th anniversary of these recordings, a special concert has been planned in the Herzog Studios space where those recording sessions happened.  The Hank Williams Songwriter Showcase and 70th Anniversary of Hank Williams at Herzog event will happen on Friday, August 30th, from 7-11pm.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Michael Buble's "Dream a Little Dream of Me," Glenn Miller's "PA-6-5000" and Charlie Spivak's "Stardust."

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