Music

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.

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On July 4th, 2020 at 11pm, you'll hear a special re-broadcast of a special I produced in 2019 featuring a conversation between Ron Esposito and Doug Yeager during his visit to Cincinnati in November, 2018. 

Ron Esposito welcomed Doug Yeager into WVXU’s studio to talk about Josh White’s career.  Yeager represents the estate of Josh White and is also Josh White, Jr.’s manager. This one-hour special originally aired on February 9, 2019,  two days before Josh White’s birthday on February 11th (1914). 

Bobby Mackey Is Ready To Reopen His Honky Tonk

Jun 26, 2020
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County singer & club owner Bobby Mackey has a lot to celebrate these days. Along with 50 years in the music business, he tells Elaine Diehl about the upcoming reopening of his popular Wilder, Kentucky music venue.

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In advance of the release of  "Backstage," a double live album recorded at Shipley’s in 1979, we bring you the crowd favorite “Amaretta” by the popular Cincinnati band, Wheels.

Sunday, July 5 at 7 a.m.

From American Public Media: Join Julie Amacher for an hour of traditional, patriotic choral music performed by the world-renowned Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

To Honor And Inspire

Jun 24, 2020

Saturday, July 4 at 7 a.m.

From Americam Public Media: Andrea Blain hosts this patriotic special featuring performances by the United States Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine bands.

Enjoy marches by Sousa, Jewell and Gould, as well as works by Copland, Saint-Saens and Holst.

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Our friend Katie Laur talks about her friendship with the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter John Hartford (“Gentle on My Mind”) in this installment of Memories From the Hills of Home.

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The pandemic can’t keep rock and roll down forever. Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ready to reopen, with certain restrictions, so Elaine Diehl welcomes the Hall’s President & CEO Greg Harris back to Around Cincinnati.

Originally aired on June 27, 2015:

This week's swing show features a number of great jazz vocalists including Louis Armstrong, June Christy and Dinah Washington in the first set.  There's also great swing music from Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman, and Stan Kenton.

Originally aired on June 13, 2015: 

Mel Torme singing "Lulu's Back in Town" begins this week's Swing show airing on Saturday evening, June 13th at 10pm.  Other vocalists in the first half of the program include Natalie Cole, Deborah Locke, the Four Freshmen, and the great Judy Garland singing, "The Trolley Song."

Originally aired on June 6, 2015: 

Bill begins this week's Swing show with the tune, "The Song is Ended" by vocalist Dakota Staton.  I did some online research and discovered several different references to her birth year from 1930 to 1931 and 1932.  So, I'm going with 1930 as mentioned in her 2007 New York Times obituary.  Her first album which was on Capitol, "The Late, Late Show," was a hit in 1957.  The song Bill features tonight is from her 1959 album also on Capitol, "More Than the Most."

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Cincinnati’s own Bootsy Collins has just released a new song to support the work of MusiCares. “Stars” features an all-star collaboration with American philosopher Dr. Cornel West, drummer Steve Jordan, banjo legend Béla Fleck, and featuring EmiSunshine and Olvido Ruiz. Elaine Diehl finds out more from the Rock Hall icon and shares the song.

When the story of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police began making news last week, Anthony McGill felt something roiling up inside him.

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We share the song Infinite Sky from local trio Peaceful Sorrow.

The Musical History Of The Ink Spots

Jun 5, 2020
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The Ink Spots were one of the most popular vocal groups of the 1930’s and 40’s. With a history that includes singing on Cincinnati’s WLW, we revisit this musical history of The Ink Spots from our friend David Lewis.

A Talk With Bass Pioneer Jack Casady

May 29, 2020
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Recently, Elaine Diehl had the opportunity to interview Rock Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen about his career, including his bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. He mentioned that his good friend and bandmate, bassist Jack Casady, would be a good one to talk with about music and his career, so that’s what Elaine has done. Join her for this conversation with one of the most influential bass players in rock history.

A Profile Of The Mills Brothers

May 29, 2020
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Profile: We return to the archive for David Lewis’ fascinating commentary about the lives and careers of Piqua, Ohio’s popular jazz and pop quartet, The Mills Brothers.

Originally aired on May 30, 2015:

Lots of big bands on this week's Swing with Bill Cartwright - masters like Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Buddy Rich. There are also a number of wonderful vocalists featured including in the first set: Al Jolson, Julie London, John Pizzarelli and Patti Austin. The first set also includes "That Old Feeling" by Billy Eckstine.

Review: The Voyager Jazz Ensemble's Rites of Passage

May 22, 2020

The Voyage Jazz Ensemble recorded and mixed their new CD days before the pandemic closed everything down. The album, Rites of Passage is available now.

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The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, in response to the pandemic closures and to continue the celebration of their 125th Anniversary, have commissioned some of today’s finest composers to write short fanfares for performance by CSO musicians and to share virtually. Joining Elaine Diehl with additional details on the CSO Fanfare Project and his contribution is composer Peter Boyer. (See Peter Boyer’s message about his composition here; see Elizabeth Freimuth’s performance here.)

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

Originally aired on May 23, 2015:  

This week's Swing with Bill Cartwright show begins with a musician whom I hadn't heard of...Will Bradley.  Born in 1912, he was a trombonist and band leader who went on to play with Johnny Carson's Tonight Show band.  Mr. Bradley's song, "Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar," is followed by vocalist Helen Ward and the big band of Artie Shaw.

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After recently reviewing his memoir, Elaine Diehl now get the opportunity to have a conversation with legendary rock musician Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna.) Along with his book, Been So Long, they talk about his career and his current life, living in southeastern Ohio and running the Fur Peach Ranch music venue and guitar camp.

CONGRATULATIONS to The Klaberheads for winning our local Favorite 2020 Tiny Desk Contest Video vote for their tune, "Polka Reggae Party." Well done!!

Originally aired on May 16, 2015:  

Bill Cartwright has prepared a great show for swing lovers this week.  The show begins with Gregg Field's version of the classic "Satin Doll", "Let Yourself Go" by Stacey Kent and the ever popular Dean Martin with "On the Street Where You Live."

Originally aired on May 9, 2015:   

This week's Swing show begins with Andy Kirk's, "The Lady Who Swings the Band," which is followed by the Nat King Cole Trio, "Little Girl," and Ray Anthony's "Mr. Anthony's Boogie."  Other vocalists heard in the first half of the show include Cincinnati native Doris Day, Mel Torme, Bobby Darin and Carly Simon.

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Mason, Ohio singer Michael Williams, as fans of NBC’s The Voice already know, competed last week in a knockout round with three other contestants, and on Monday’s show, they’ll find out who moves on in the competition.

Originally aired on May 2, 2015:   

The legendary Billie Holiday's performance of "Blue Moon" opens this week's edition of Swing with Bill Cartwright. Ms. Holiday is followed by Ted Heath, Steve Tyrell, and the great Jimmy Dorsey.  You'll also hear the classic "Woodchopper's Ball" by Woody Herman at the end of the first half of the program.

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Jason Diakité is better known as bestselling hip hop artist Timbuktu. Our music correspondent Yemi Oyediran recently spoke with Jason about his upbringing in Sweden, his music, and his new autobiography, A Drop of Midnight.

Originally aired on April 25, 2015: 

Vocalist June Christy begins this week's edition of Swing with Bill Cartwright. Her song, "You Came a Long Way from St. Louis" is followed by songs by Larry Clinton, Vic Damone, and Johnny Mercer's "Candy."  Other songs heard in the first half of Swing with Bill Cartwright include the Andrew Sisters, Glenn Miller, and local favorite Rosemary Clooney.

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