Music

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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

Originally aired on March 21, 2015:

Singers past and present dominate Bill's swing show this Saturday evening, March 21st at 10pm.  The show begins with Bobby Darin, "Sunday in New York," and Linda Ronstadt's, "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance."  You'll also hear from Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble and Julie London in the first half of the program.

The second half of Swing with Bill Cartwright starts off with "American Patrol" by Glenn Miller, followed by Billie Holiday, whose 100th birthday will be celebrated on April 7th this year.  Bill also shares another Ella Fitzgerald selection, "It's All Right with Me," and ends the show with "My Shining Hour" by Shorty Rogers.

Originally aired on March 14, 2015:

A number of big band tunes are on this week's playlist of Swing with Bill Cartwright. Songs by some of the iconic big bands of the era will be heard including Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton, Les Brown, and Harry James. Some of the famous vocalists who'll be heard are Eydie Gorme, Nancy Wilson, and Keely Smith.

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The 6th Annual Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and concert, originally scheduled for March 22, has been postponed due to current health concerns. We do still want you to hear about the plans so you'll be ready for the rescheduled date!

As the Hall of Fame's founder, Kay Casey, tells our host, Lee Hay, there will be seven new inductees, two special recognitions, four awarded scholarships, plus performances from the Jazz at Dusk combo, The Greater Cincinnati Youth Jazz Collaborative, and the legendary Blue Wisp Jazz Band.

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Acclaimed singer/songwriter/bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, who along with a successful solo career has also worked with Herbie Hancock, John Mellencamp, The Rolling Stones, and others, is coming to Cincinnati's Memorial Hall on Friday, March 20. The three-time Grammy winner joins our Ron Esposito on the phone to talk about her music and career.

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A very special musical event is coming to OTR's Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 21. Legendary songwriter and musician Jimmy Webb will be onstage in a multi-media tribute to his longtime friend and collaborator, Glen Campbell. Elaine Diehl caught up with Jimmy Webb to learn more about their relationship and this very personal night of music and images.

Women of the Blues!

Mar 12, 2020
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The spotlight is on the women of the blues on this week's blues show, Saturday, March 14th at 11pm.  The first set features Bonnie Raitt, Marcia Ball, Ernestine Anderson, and Phoebe Snow.  During the second set, you'll hear songs by Shemekia Copeland, EG Kight, Shannon Curfman, Kelly Richey, and Aretha Franklin.  And, ending the show, there's music from Joss Stone, Debbie Davies, Susan Tedeschi, Janis Joplin, and Mary Pinckney.

NYC- based jazz trombonist/composer Sam Blakeslee's bringing his new chamber music jazz project, "Wistful Thinking," to Caffe Vivace on March 19th from 8-11pm.  An Ohio native, he spoke by phone with Ron Esposito on March 10th about his Wistful Thinking project, trombone influences, and playing an interesting blend of jazz genres.  Playing with him that night will be guitarist Brandon Coleman and bassist Matt Wiles.  

Due to coronavirus restrictions dictated by the State of Ohio and the Governor's edicts and Mt. St. Joseph University's suspension of on-campus classes and other non-essential gatherings, (they will beginremote classes on March 16), it is with deep regret that the Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame announces that they are postponing the 6th Annual Induction/Jazz Concert that was to be held on March 22, 2020 at the Mount St. Joseph University Auditorium Theatre in Cincinnati, OH. A new date will be announced in the upcoming weeks. All tickets will be honored on the new date. “We regret having to do this, but the safety and health of our performers, volunteers, and fans is our #1 priority, “ stated Kay Casey, Founder and Chairman. “We look forward to the annual celebration and induction when it is rescheduled.” For more information about the postponed induction ceremony/jazz concert, contact Kay Casey at 513.207.0476 or kaycaseycinti@aol.com.  For more information about the Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame go to http://www.CincyJazzHOF.org.

UPDATE (3/10/20): Just heard from Jeff that his Nashville concert with Jack Jones has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, so he won't be bringing his Mapex drums to Cincinnati for the induction performance with the Blue Wisp Big Band.  

UPDATE#2 (3/11/20): Because of the coronavirus issue, the Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Mt. St. Joseph University has been postponed until hopefully late May or early June.

Jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton's in much demand these days.  He's touring and recording with his two trios and as well as the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.  Some jazz fans were lucky to see his perform at Caffe Vivace with his Akiko/Hamilton/Dechter Trio, and he's returning to Cincinnati on March 22nd to sit in with the Blue Wisp Big Band as part of the 6th Annual Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Mt. St. Joseph University from 3-5pm that afternoon.

On March 4th, I spoke by phone with Jeff who's been a friend of mine since the late '70s when he first joined the LA4 playing with Ray Brown, Laurinda Almeida, and Bud Shank.  Since then, he's gone on to form the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with bassist John Clayton and has recorded with a long list of musicians like Diana Krall, Leon Russell, Dr. John, Paul McCartney, Oscar Peterson, Woody Herman, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Streisand, Mark Murphy, and many more.

During our conversation, he talks about his contract with Mapex Drums, friendship with John von Ohlen, traveling with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, playing with the Blue Wisp Big Band, and mentoring young drummers. 

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**We've just been informed that the Yale Spizzwinks(?) have postponed their Cincinnati concert until May due to current health concerns. Once the new date is confirmed, we'll post that information here.**

The Yale Spizzwinks(?), the country's oldest all-male underclassman a capella group, will be in Cincinnati on Monday, March 16 for a concert at OTR's First Lutheran Church. Anne Arenstein learns more about this group, their unusual name, and what listeners will enjoy during their upcoming concert in this conversation with Music Director John Paciga, and Athens, Ohio native Derek DeMel.

This week's blues show, Saturday evening, March 7th at 11pm, starts off with Eric Bibb, Prince, Nina Simone, and Ann Chamberlain & Eddie Morgan.  The second set includes music by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Tommy Castro, the Allman Brothers Band, and ends with Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi.  And the show ends with songs by Robert Plant & Lil' Band o' Gold, Tom Waits, Ken Nordine, Terence Blanchard, and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Originally aired on March 7, 2015:

Songs from Ella Fitzgerald and Billy May start off this week's Swing with Bill Cartwright program. During the first half of the program, you'll also hear from Benny Goodman, Keely Smith and Artie Shaw.

To celebrate Leap Day on Swing with Bill Cartwright, you'll hear Michael Feinstein's "Luck Be a Lady," Lionel Hampton's "Midnight Sun" and Gene Krupa's "Leave Us Leap."

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Back for its 22nd year, WoodyFest celebrates the music and ideas of the inimitable Woody Guthrie. Local musicians Jake Speed and Ed Cunningham will be part of the event, happening March 7 at the Liberty Exhibition Hall in Northside.

This week's blues show, Saturday, February 29th from 11pm-midnight, features four songs in the first set: Hoots & Hellmouth, Galactic, Trombone Shorty, and Frank DuMont.  You'll hear Dr. John, the Monty Alexander Trio, and Sonny Landreth in the second set followed by Delbert McClinton, Dwight Yoakam, Leon Russell, and Aretha Franklin.  John Mayall from 1969 closes out the evening's presentation.

Delbert's coming to Ludlow Garage on March 20th, and the Cincinnati Guitar Festival's coming up April 18th at Riverfront Live on Kellogg Avenue.

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Salon 21, the purveyors of intimate piano performances, will celebrate the music of African American composers at their next presentation on Thursday, February 27 at the Weston Art Gallery. Joining our Elaine Diehl with a preview of Negro Melodies of America are Salon 21's Jill Jantzen and the evening's performer, Dr. Leah Claiborne.

The first set of this Saturday's blues show, February 22nd, includes music from Madeleine Peyroux, Cassandra Wilson, Dr. John, and Eric Bibb.  The second set features songs by BB King/Eric Clapton, Kombo, and Gov't Mule.  And the last set begins with Koko Taylor, Duke Robillard, and then Mark Murphy and Ken Nordine (who passed away 2/19/19).

Play It Forward has two events coming up: Flying Leapfest at the 20th Century on 2/29 and the Cincinnati Guitar Festival at Riverfront Live...4343 Kellogg Avenue...4/18.  Tommy Emmanuel's at the Taft 3/13, and Delbert McClinton's back in town at Ludlow Garage 3/20.

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In 1963, legendary singer Clara Ward and her gospel singers performed alongside the Dukes of Dixieland on the album We Gotta Shout! The album has long been hailed for breaking down cultural barriers. Now, a local jazz orchestra and an all-star gospel choir are taking the stage to do it again.

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