Music

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Buddy Greco's "My Kind of Girl," Robin McKelle's "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" and our own Blue Wisp Big Band performing "You're Driving Me Crazy."

Hissing Tiles: Boychoir

Sep 27, 2019

Frank Zappa once said, “You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream.”

This sentiment applies when you’re composing an entire album that tries to navigate the male archetypes in everyday life.

From social expectations about what it means to be a “real man,” to the ever-increasing presence of fascism and hate-groups in America, Hissing Tiles seeks to shine a light on the assumptions the pervade our culture and ask why they exist in the first place. Their new album Boychoir is dissonant, challenging and extraordinarily cathartic.

Acarya: The Way Home

Sep 27, 2019
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The local band Acarya celebrates the release of their new cd, The Way Home, at the Cliftonfest main stage on October 5.  Band members Liz Wu and Hannah MacNeal are in the studio with Ron Esposito to discuss their new cd.

Freddie Meyer, the original drummer and singer of Ivan & The Sabers, a popular Ohio band in the early to mid-60s, later formed his own band Salvation & His Army (while studying TV production at UC).  Doug Yeager took the band to France in 1968 where Meyer became a star and protege of Brigitte Bardot.  He's lived in France the past 51 years.  Lee Hay recently spoke by phone with Freddie's longtime friend Doug Yeager about him.

Born without a leg above the knee, Freddie Meyer was the poster child of the company that manufactured artificial limbs in Dayton, Ohio.  While at UC, he helped engineers invent an artificial leg with a hydraulic pump, so he could get out from behind the drums and dance like James Brown.  That artificial leg became the model that everyone in the world would then use.  In Europe, he became known as the "white" James Brown.

This week on The Blues, Saturday, September 28th at 11pm, the show starts off with a song from Wynton Marsalis's "The Midnight Blues: Standard Time, Vol.5" release.  The set also includes Nina Simone and Cincinnati favorite Jimmy McGary.  The second set has songs from Chet Baker, Diana Krall, and the Monty Alexander Trio from their Live! at the Montreux Festival set from 1977.  And, the show ends with songs by Ruth Brown, Miles Davis, Ernestine Anderson, and Billie Holiday.

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Imagine the Hollywood-depicted dark, moody jazz bar: maybe it's in the Marais in Paris, or down an alley in Chicago. Carpets on the wall for insulation, warm lighting, a dark conversation corner so chatty couples don't disturb the musician, a chalkboard with drink specials, a surly-on-the-outside bartender who's actually a teddy bear, a woman making sure everyone's drinks are filled and that everyone is welcomed. 

Cheryl Renee dropped by WVXU's studio recently to talk about the Women of the Blues benefit concert at the Southgate House Revival on Sunday afternoon, September 29th from 2-6pm. This concert benefits Play It Forward which is a "Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping area musicians in times of critical need."  

Cheryl is a board member of Play It Forward and was asked to produce this concert.  She, along with a number of well-known Cincinnati musicians like Sweet Alice Hoskins and the Spear Shakers, will be performing that afternoon.  During our conversation, Cheryl talked about her musical roots, working out of town, her return to Cincinnati, and details of this benefit concert.

Chicago bluegrass band Cox's Army will pre-release their new album, "New Richmond Town," at the Front Street Cafe in New Richmond, Ohio, on Saturday evening, October 5th at 7pm.  The album's release date is planned for November, 2019.

According to their press release, "Cox's Army is a bluegrass band that performs classic and original material in the traditional style."  The band was founded in 2016 and is led by lead vocal/guitarist Chuck Cox who is a Cincinnati native.

The other band members include Laird Patten on banjo; Jeff Burke, mandolin/baritone vocals; and Jack Campbell, bass/tenor vocal.

From press release:

"Tommy Emmanuel is postponing his September 27th concert at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati to March 13, 2020.  Tommy is having a health issue that requires medical attention and rest. Tickets purchased will be honored for the new performance date on Friday, March 13th.

Tommy would like to thank his fans for the love and understanding, and he is truly sorry for any inconvenience. He looks forward to returning to the road soon."

Jorma Kaukonen was also on the bill with Tommy Emmanuel that evening.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear such hits as Patti Page's "Exactly Like You," Louis Armstrong's "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me" and Tony Bennett's "Lullaby of Broadway."

Hyperstatic: Witness

Sep 20, 2019

After a 16-year waiting period, there was a good amount of buzz this Summer about the return of Hyperstatic - and rightly so. 

This old-school 3-piece indie-punk band brings everything you could want to the table and more. Sonically they connect with everything from King Crimson to Sonic Youth - and with Sammy McKee on drums, Mike Fair on bass and Brian Hoffman on guitar and vocals, they have the talent to bring it all together.

The release of their new 4-song EP Witness reminds us of why this music just sounds so good.

Bands Against Cancer

Sep 20, 2019

Dr. Dan Flora, a medical oncologist from St. Elizabeth Healthcare, is the co-founder of the music festival Bands Against Cancer, planning for its second event on September 28.

Dr. Flora joined our Jim Nolan in the studio to talk about this year's beneficiary, St. Elizabeth Cancer Center, and some of the musicians who'll take the stage in Fort Thomas.

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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