Music

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.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Pied Pipers' "Mairzy Doats," Frank Sinatra's "Witchcraft" and Les Brown's My Blue Heaven.

I thought it'd be fun during this Valentine's weekend. 2/15 at 11pm, to share some of my favorite lovey-dovey songs.  So the show starts off with music from Aaron Neville, Eva Cassidy, Mark Murphy, and Etta James' "At Last."

The second set features songs by Tom Waits, Delbert McClinton, Leon Russell, and Hank Crawford's "Misty."  Al Jarreau's "Ain't No Sunshine" starts off the third set followed by Aretha Franklin's, "Love for Sale," Gov't Mule, and Bruce Cockburn.  And the show ends with Diana Krall's "Peel Me a Grape" and Chet Baker's "You're My Thrill."

Chuck Madden

Bob was a friend who shared many interests like NASCAR, jazz, blues, radio, and life.  We'll miss him.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Mel Torme's "Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive," Jimmy Dorsey's "Perfidia" and Rosemary Clooney's "What is This Thing Called Love?"

Chuck Madden

This week on The Blues, Saturday, February 8th at 11pm, a tribute to Bob Nave who passed away last week.  His obituary will be published by The Cincinnati Enquirer on February 9th, and Play It Forward is planning a musical celebration in honor of Bob next Sunday, February 16th from 2-7pm at The Redmoor in Mt. Lookout.

The rest of this week's blues show features music in the first two sets by musicians including Curtis Salgado, Eric Clapton, Red Garland, and Etta James.

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Downtown Cincinnati's Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains will come alive with the a capella magic of England's The King Singers on February 19. A choral institution, having performed for half-a-century and on six continents, Jonathan Howard, bass singer from the group, is on the phone with Elaine Diehl to talk about the group and their music.

Local musician Rick Lisak sat down last week with Elaine Diehl to talk about his new cd, Songs of the Ohio River Valley, recorded with Zach Rowe.  During the interview, Rick discusses how he and Zach came together to form Lisak & Rowe and also how they compose songs together. 

Recently, they've hooked up with Sherry Stanforth and Dick Hague for performances during readings from their collaborative anthology, Riparian.  Lisak & Rowe's next appearance will be Tuesday, February 11th at 6:30pm, Joseph Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Billie Holiday's "Moonlight in Vermont," Pearl Bailey's "A Woman's Prerogative" and Maxine Sullivan's "Bye Bye Baby."

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland recently announced its latest class of inductees, including The Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and others. Joining our Elaine Diehl on the phone to talk about the selection process and the upcoming induction ceremony is the Hall of Fame's President & CEO Greg Harris.

Still on display at the Hall: Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll.

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Queen City Cabaret, following up on their successful musical tributes to Rosemary Clooney and Doris Day, will celebrate a composer on February 8-9 with a presentation of Jerry's Girls, featuring the tunes of Broadway legend Jerry Herman. Elaine Diehl welcomes in Sarah Folsom and Matthew Umphreys from Queen City Cabaret for a preview.

This has been a sad week for many of us who have known Bob Nave for years.  Bob contributed to a number of my specials including ones about Janis Joplin, Tim Goshorn, and Kenny Poole.  Plus, he interviewed a number of folks for "Around Cincinnati."  So, it was hard to hear of his passing earlier this week.  Details of a memorial service are still pending.  

In this week's blues show, Saturday, February 1st at 11pm, you'll hear from a number of female musicians including Jonell Mosser, Joan Armatrading, Susan Tedeschi, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and k.d.lang.  You'll also hear from Keb' Mo' & Joe Cocker in the first set; John Hammond, Bob Dylan, and the Goshorn Brothers in the second set; and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, plus Leonard Cohen in the last set.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear June Christy's "They Can't Take That Away From Me," Ray Anthony's "I Get a Kick Out of You" and Judy Garland's classic "Over the Rainbow."

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Cincinnati native and acclaimed jazz pianist Fred Hersch has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for Begin Again from his album of the same name. He's on the phone with our Ron Esposito to talk about this album and being nominated (again) for a Grammy.

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