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This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Fletcher Henderson's "Stealin Apples," Tommy Dorsey's "Snootie Little Cutie" and Ella Fitzgerald's "The Muffin Man."

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Singer Marcia Ball, renowned for her rollicking live blues shows, will appear with her band on November 7 at Middletown's Sorg Opera House. She's on the phone with our Elaine Diehl to talk about life on the road, her band, and her admiration for the blues musicians who came before her.

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One-time American Idol winner Ruben Studdard will be in concert at Memorial Hall in OTR on November 14 with his tribute to the late, great Luther Vandross. He recently spoke by phone with our contributor Yemi Oyediran about his life, career, and his interpretation of the classic Luther hits.

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The end of November will bring the traditional visit by holiday favorites, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, for two performances at both U.S. Bank Arena (November 29) and Dayton's Nutter Center (November 30.) Drummer and original member Jeff Plate previews this year's concert in a conversation with host Lee Hay.

This week's blues show, Saturday evening, November 2nd at 11pm, starts off with Eric Clapton, T-Bone Burnett, Tom Waits, and Ken Nordine who passed away earlier this year.

The second set includes music from the Honey Island Swamp Band, Mike Bloomfield/Al Kooper/Stephen Stills, Bob Dylan, and Peter Frampton.  And the last set features songs from Elvin Bishop, Shemekia Copeland (who'll be at Memorial Hall on 11/9), Etta James, and Joey DeFrancesco.

Concert note: Marcia Ball's bringing her band to the Sorg Opera House in Middletown, Thursday, 11/7.

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Local singer-songwriter Molly Sullivan is a bit of an enigma. Many of her songs have, so far, gone unrecorded, and she tends to limit her online presence. When she joined me in the studio, I had very little in front of me in terms of notes or prepared questions, so, I thought, "Let’s just start talking and see where it goes."

As it turns out, this interview ranks among one of my favorites; and as you join me as a witness to this conversation, you’ll see why; and hopefully, it will be one of your favorites as well. 

Harlem 100, featuring Mwenso & the Shakes, is a unique collaboration with the National Jazz History Museum in Harlem that’s currently on a 32-city tour around the country.  The event is a celebration of the 100th anniversity of the Harlem Renaissance.  The Harlem-based jazz band, Mwenso & the Shakes, will be on stage at Hall Auditorium in Miami University Saturday, November 2nd.

I spoke with Michael Mwenso, the bandleader and lead vocalist of the band, by phone Tuesday, October 22nd.  We discussed the tour, the events over the last 100 years in Harlem, Mwenso’s personal musical journey, and the components of the multi-media show.  He also talked about the band.

When asked about his personal story, Mwenso said he was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone but grew up in London where he met many musicians and then Wynton Marsalis brought him to New York City to work with the Jazz at Lincoln Center group.

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This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Mel Torme's "This is the Army Mr. Jones," Les Brown's "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart" and Larry Clinton's "Dipsy Doodle."

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Newport's Mentoring Plus is a small nonprofit supporting local high school students needing academic help but also providing a safe haven for friendship, food, and more. Local musician and former judge Mickey Foellger will be part of a fundraising music festival on November 2 at the Southgate House Revival. 

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You know him as a versatile musician and the congenial host of Live From Here (heard on 91.7 and 88.5 Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at noon.) Chris Thile is coming to Memorial Hall for a solo acoustic performance on November 13 and he talks about his music and hosting Life From Here in this conversation with Elaine Diehl.

This week's edition of The Blues is a one-hour special in honor of Halloween starting at 11pm, Saturday, October 26th.  Sonny Moorman's "Deal with the Devil" begins the program followed by John Mayall, Kenny Neal, and Howlin' Wolf.  The second set starts off with Andrew Gold's "Don't Scream (It's Only Halloween)", then Dr. John's "Ki Ya Gris Gris," and songs by Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women & the Blind Boys of Alabama.

The second half of this Halloween special features Dr. John's reading of Edgar Allan Poe's "Berenice" from the "Closed on Account of Rabies" cd compilation.

Happy Halloween!

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Sawyer Fredericks is bringing his band to Southgate House Revival in Newport, Kentucky, on Thursday evening, October 24th to promote the 11/9 release of their new single, "Flowers for You."  The album will be coming out in Spring, 2020.  The song was recorded at Dreamland Recordings in Woodstock and was written and produced by Sawyer.  

During his conversation with Elaine Diehl, they discussed his writing process, collaborations, and the members of his band.  His experience on NBC's, "The Voice," was also explored.  Sawyer said that the show scouted him for the auditions when he was only 15 years old.  He considered his time on "The Voice" as a valuable learning experience and is looking forward to working on this new album.  The playlist for their concert at Southgate House Revival will include the new single, songs he sang on "The Voice," as well as selections for his past albums.  

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Bob Crosby's "Willow Weep For Me," The Mills Brothers' "Flat Foot Floogee" and Rosemary Clooney's "As Time Goes By."

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Jazz legend Bobby Broom joins our contributor Yemi Oyediran for a conversation about his life, career, and some of the musicians who made an impact including Sonny Rollins, Stanley Turrentine, Patrice Rushen and others. He'll be with his trio in concert on Thursday, October 24 at Caffe Vivace in Walnut Hills.

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Happening on Friday, October 25 at The Redmoor in Mt. Lookout is You Know You're Right, a multi-artist tribute show to the influential grunge rock band Nirvana. Charles Baker from the local band Six Hours to Kill is the organizer, and he's in the studio with Elaine Diehl to talk about the impact Nirvana had on him as well as this being the 30th anniversary of the band's release Bleach and their appearance at Murphy's Pub in Clifton.

Blues guitarist Coco Montoya and his band are coming to the Sorg Opera House in Middletown on Thursday night, October 24th for one show only at 8pm.  Their sounds are surely going to rock out given the great acoustics in this hall which is loved by the musicians who play there.  It's an intimate setting, so the audience will be up close and personal to these blues musicians.

Their album, "Coming in Hot," is Coco Montoya's 5th album with Alligator Records and features studio musicians from the west coast as well as special guests including Jon Cleary.  But, he'll be bringing his regular band with him on the tour.

I spoke with Mr. Montoya by phone on Tuesday, October 15th about this new album, one of the songs on the album, a memory of working with Albert Collins, and his guitars.  I'd also like to thank Elaine Diehl for her assistance editing our interview.

This week on The Blues, Saturday evening, October 19th at 11pm, you'll hear music from Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Amos Lee, and the Honey Island Swamp Band in the first set.  Later in the show, you'll hear songs by Jeff Black, the Allman Brothers, and Cincinnati guitarist Scotty Anderson.

The poet Francis Duggan called Death “The Great Equalizer.” No matter who you are, where you come from or what you believe, all of us will one day leave this existence.

Mike Oberst, one of the founding members of The Tillers, has released an 11- track solo album titled Six Feet Of Earth that examines that reality.

By combining traditional American and European folk songs with two original compositions - and an extraordinary Carole King cover, Mike explores themes that transcend our differences and finds those common bonds that define us all, ultimately, as human beings.

The movie, "The Mountain Minor," is coming to the Esquire Theatre on Thursday, October 17th and Sunday, October 20th at 7pm each evening.  There's a q&a session after each showing and an after party at Sitwell's on Thursday evening with live music, too.  The director, Dale Farmer, and two of the actor/musicians Ma Crow and Mike Oberst from the Tillers came into the studio this morning to talk about this film.

The film was shot in North Carolina for the most part with some scenes in Eaton, Oxford and the Southgate House Revival in Newport.  Dale cast real musicians for acting roles in this story about an Appalachian family who came to Cincinnati for jobs and brought their music with them.  The plot's based on Dale's grandparents' story which is also the story for many of us in the area.

The film's made the film festival route and has garnered awards, but Thursday night is the premiere of "The Mountain Minor" movie which resonates with those who have seen it to the point of bringing tears.  A dvd is in the planning stages.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Andrew Sisters' "Bei Mei Bist Du Shoen," Spitfire Band's "G.I. Jive" and Charlie Barnet's "Pompton Turnpike."

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