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This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, you'll hear hits like Peggy Lee's "I Threw a Kiss in the Ocean," Les & Larry Elgart's "Sophisticated Swing" and Eydie Gormet's "I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time."

Back and bigger than ever! 91.7 WVXU and Radio Artifact present 2 nights of amazing  music performed by local bands and musicians who have entered NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest.

Happening Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at Northside's Urban Artifact, home to AAA station Radio Artifact (heard on 1660 AM. radioartifact.com, and WVXU-HD 2), this new format for the Showcase will allow the invited bands to play longer for their fans and new listeners alike.

AND NOW...the line-up has been announced! Join us for one or both nights of great local music!

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Get to know Evans Mirageas, the Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Opera since 2005.

Evans tells his own story and previews the Cincinnati Opera's 100th anniversary. He also discusses the balancing act between new and experimental and standard audience favorites, taking opera to exciting new venues, the collaboration with our CSO and student singers from CCM, and finally, what’s to come for Cincinnati Opera.

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Ron Esposito welcomes Doug Yeager to 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 will air two days before Josh White’s birthday on February 11th. White was born one hundred and five years ago in 1914.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear such hits as Johnny Mercer's "Blues in the Night," Sammy Davis, Jr.'s "Lonesome Road" and Bobby Darin's "Oh, Look at Me Now."

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He's widely regarded as one of the premier jazz bass players and David Friesen will be bringing his quartet to The Greenwich in Walnut Hills on July 5. He joins Ron Esposito on the phone to talk about his career, some of his recordings, and the players joining him at this gig.

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On December 3rd, Doug Yeager who was in town to share his film, Free to Rock: How Rock and Roll Brought Down the Wall, came into WVXU's studio to talk about his friend, Odetta.  He was her manager from 1976 until her passing in 2008.  During our conversation, Doug shared many stories about Odetta including her friendships with Dr. Maya Angelou and Harry Belafonte.  He also discussed her influence on many, many musicians over the decades of her career...Bob Dylan; Joan Baez; Madeleine Peyroux; Peter, Paul & Mary; Richie Havens, and Janis Joplin.

Celebrate those Summer nights this week on Swing with Bill Cartwright. You'll hear Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Cocktail," Artie Shaw's "Summit Ridge Drive" and The Nat King Cole Trio's "It's Only a Paper Moon."

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Richmond, Indiana native Jeff Hamilton is one of the most respected and sought-after drummers in jazz today. He's on the phone with Yemi Oyediran to talk about his June 26 appearance at Walnut Hills' Caffe Vivace with the legendary Blue Wisp Big Band.

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Banjoist/composer/bandleader Bela Fleck has reconvened his world famous Flecktones for a new album and tour. They will appear at Cincinnati's Taft Theatre on June 30, but first he's on the phone with Elaine Diehl with details of their 30th anniversary and getting the band back together.

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A new date, a new location, but the same quality blues return to the Cincinnati riverfront on July 13 when this year's Cincy Blues Fest takes over the Schmidlapp Lawn next to Moerlein Lager House at The Banks

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During this conversation  Yemi Oyediran, jazz trumpeter John Zappa discusses his musical background including working with various musicians who went on to play with prominent players like David Bowie, James Brown, and David Sanborn.  Some of the bands he's performed with include the Psychoacoustic Orchestra, the Blue Wisp Big Band, Rich Uncle Skeleton, and Tropicoso.  Zappa also teaches at CCM and NKU.

Yemi Oyediran asked John Zappa about the inspiration for his band's self-titled album, Now Hear This, some of which came from a trip to France and an introduction to an afro-beat sound.  Zappa also talks about each band member's background as well as some of the songs on the album.

The cd release party for their new cd, Now Hear This, will be at The Greenwich, 2442 Gilbert Avenue, on Friday evening, June 21st.  

Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Noah Hunt came in WVXU's Corbett Studio on June 16th, Father's Day, before their soundcheck for their show tonight with Buddy Guy at PNC Pavilion (the show's almost sold out).  Here's part of their conversation with Ron Esposito about their families.  The rest of the interview along with music from their new release, The Traveler, will air on my blues show, Saturday, July 13th at 11pm.  You'll also hear two songs they performed from the album in our studio, too, with just the two of them and their guitars.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Judy Garland's "How Long Has This Been Going On," Gene Krupa's "Drummin' Man" and Benny Goodman's "You Brought a New Kind of Love."

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Acclaimed music journalist Peter Doggett recently released his much-anticipated biography of the seminal rock band Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. One of the early supergroups, the band's songwriting and harmonies took them to record heights of popularity. Brian O'Donnell is joined by the author on the phone from England to talk about the four very individual elements of this legendary band.

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The Nashville Sound is unmistakable, no matter what genre of music you enjoy. The plethora of outstanding musicians, live music venues, and record companies has kept the Tennessee city a force in the music industry for decades. Author Don Cusic joins Lee Hay to talk about the years of great music he chronicles in his book, Nashville Sound: An Illustrated Timeline.

On this special edition of The Blues, Saturday evening, June 15th at 11pm, I'm going to share my love of Dr. John and New Orleans with you in a musical tribute.  Dr. John passed away last Thursday, June 6th of a heart attack at the age of 77, and was and still is being mourned by his many fans around the world.

I've got a tall stack of cds that he released, so I started putting them into my cd player and selecting the songs that spoke to me the most.  It was hard to choose just 13 songs, but I hope you enjoy them on this musical tribute to a musician who embodied the spirit and soul of New Orleans.  

The first song, "So Long," he recorded with the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on the album, Afterglow.  Jeff Hamilton's a much-in-demand jazz drummer, a Richmond, Indiana native, who'll be appearing at Caffe Vivace on June 26th with the Blue Wisp Big Band.  Jeff told me that Dr. John, during the recording session, nicknamed him, "Dr. Sluggo."

Marc Cohn will join the Blind Boys of Alabama who'll be performing on stage the evening of June 19th beginning at 7pm at the Rose Music Center at the Heights along with the Robert Cray Band and Shemekia Copeland.  I recently spoke with Marc Cohn about this appearance.

During our conversation, he said that Shemekia Copeland will open the show with a 20-minute set, and  he'll be performing with the Blind Boys of Alabama , and the Robert Cray Band will also perform their set.  Cohn also mentioned that he and the Blind Boys of Alabama have recorded an album, Work To Do, that will be coming out in August.  He shared that he'll be playing both a guitar and piano during the show, but mostly the piano.  The guitar he'll have with him is a vintage Gibson from the 60's he found in a secondhand shop in Chelsea.  I also asked him about the non-profit organization, Love Rocks, which he supports and is a board member of.  

Michael McDonald has a tour planned this summer with Chaka Khan, and they'll be on stage together at Rose Music Center at the Heights in Huber Heights on Thursday, June 20th at 7pm.  During his conversation with Elaine Diehl, he said that he and Chaka Kahn plan on rehearsing a couple of days in Detroit before going out.  The plan is for a set each with their own bands, then together, and maybe a song in each other's set, but they're still figuring it out. And, he also said that he'd probably perform 2 or 3 songs from his new album, Wide Open.

His new album, Wide Open, features original music and is first studio album in over 9 years.  Branford Marsalis, Robben Ford, and Warren Haynes are some of the musicians who helped out with this project.  McDonald said every musician he approached jumped on board.

Chaka Khan is a 10-time Grammy winner with 22 albums, and Michael McDonald has 5 Grammys and is known for recording with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers. 

Lonesome Miles is the latest album by country-rock masters Root Cellar Xtract. The band’s mission is to continue the Laurel Canyon music tradition that gave us such artists as The Eagles, Pure Prairie League, Buffalo Springfield, Canned Heat, Jackson Browne and many more.

Lonesome Miles is a follow-up to their 2017 album Rear-View Mirror Eyes and clearly demonstrates the band’s fellowship as well as their individual virtuosity. It also provides an excellent compare-and-contrast reference for how the band has developed and grown over the past few years.

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