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.


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.


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.


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.

Originally aired on April 18, 2015:  

This week's Swing with Bill Cartwright show begins with "In the Mood" by Glen Gray and is followed by a little known vocalist, Lulee Fisher, performing "A Foggy Day."  Also heard in the first half of Bill's swing show are Count Basie, Bing Crosby and Les Brown.  The second half of the show begins with the classic "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman.  Other vocalists in the second half include Patti Page, Peggy Lee, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Local author and music raconteur Randy McNutt joins our Elaine Diehl to talk about his friend and one-time writing partner Wayne Perry, probably the second most successful modern local songwriter (behind Troy Seals.) Perry, whose music has been recorded by Backstreet Boys, Tim McGraw, and others, completed his first song 50 years ago this year.

Originally aired on April 11, 2015:

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, you'll hear the great Billie Holiday and a duet by Tony Bennett and k.d. lang.  A couple of the other vocalists featured on his show include Carmen McRae with "I Was Doing All Right," and Carly Simon with "The More I See You."  A few of the big bands featured include Woody Herman and Benny Goodman.

Cincinnati Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee Bill Cunliffe

Apr 3, 2020

The Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame 2020 induction has been postponed until May or June, but the new class is an impressive lineup of local jazz legends. One of those inductees, pianist and Grammy-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe, joins Ron Esposito for a conversation about his music and career.

The Joint's Still Jumpin'

Apr 1, 2020

Thursday, April 16 at 8 p.m.

In celebration of Public Radio Music Day, Brian O’Donnell presents jazz music from the Joint’s Still Jumpin’ CD, and shares stories about the local musicians who generously donated their performances in support of Cincinnati Public Radio.

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

Originally aired on April 4, 2015:

Cincinnati native Doris Day opens up this week's edition of Swing with Bill Cartwright.  She'll be singing "Pretty Baby" from the album, Young Man with a Horn.  That's followed by the great Buddy Rich and vocalist Rod Stewart.  During the rest of the first half of Swing, you'll hear from Louis Armstrong, June Christy, and Glenn Miller.

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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.”

Guided By Voices & Nada Surf Guitarist Doug Gillard

Mar 27, 2020

Ohio native Doug Gillard is an accomplished guitarist for the Dayton, Ohio indie rock band Guided by Voices. The band released their latest album, Surrender Your Poppy Field, in February. At the time of Elaine Diehl’s interview, they were getting ready to go out on tour.

Originally aired on March 28, 2015:

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, Bill shares some of his favorite songs from the era.

The program begins with "Let Me Off Uptown" by Gene Krupa which is followed by "Big John's Special" by Fletcher Henderson.  Some of Bill's regular favorite vocalists are also spotlighted like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme.


15-year old singer/songwriter EmiSunshine has been lauded by Rolling Stone as one of the new country artists you need to know. Her recent album, Family Wars, is, as she describes it, “I’m looking at problems and trying to make something beautiful out of them.” EmiSunshine talks about her music and performs one of her songs in this conversation with Elaine Diehl.