Music

Remembering Marian McPartland

Aug 26, 2013
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On Sunday, September 1 at 10:00 pm, we remember Marian McPartland with a memorial program.

Now celebrating its 12th year, the MidPoint Music Festival returns to venues around Cincinnati September 26-28. Dan McCabe, the festival’s executive producer for the last six years, joins our Jim Nolan to preview this year’s event and highlights some of the musicians who will be performing including headliner Shuggie Otis.

Local band Seabird

Aug 23, 2013

Local band Seabird recently performed at the Bunbury Music Festival, and will also be on the bill at this year’s MidPoint Music Festival. Brian O’Donnell welcomed Aaron and Ryan Morgan into the studio to talk about Seabird, their decision to leave the EMI label, and their recent Kickstarter campaign to fund a new CD.

David Lewis has a commentary about the late acclaimed jazz bandleader/composer/musician Earl Fuller, leader of Earl Fuller’s Famous Jazz Band, which recorded and performed in the early 20th century. Though born in Illinois, his family was predominantly based in Warren County and he is buried with other family members in Morrow, Ohio.

In celebration of the upcoming High Holy Days, we present a performance from Cantor Abraham Lubin, who will be at Congregation Ohav Shalom in Sycamore Township for the upcoming holidays.

Smoke Signals... Facebook page

I was fortunate to stumble upon the band Smoke Signals... recently at The Southgate House Revival.

The Newport-based trio played in the Lounge – the smallest of the three stages – and they immediately filled the room to capacity with exuberant fans, curious onlookers like me, and an unearthly powerful sound.  As soon as their set was finished, I made a beeline to the merch table and picked up a copy of their 6-song CD, The Collapse.

The songs on The Collapse read like a post-apocalyptic diary written by those left behind after the cataclysm, but who have still been deeply affected by something much bigger and scarier than themselves.  The tracks are punctuated by bits of radio static or odd recorded clips that seem to cry out “Is there anybody out there?

The sights and sounds from Borneo music festival

Aug 16, 2013

Cincinnati Public Radio’s Len Sternberg recently returned from a trip to Borneo to attend the 16th Annual Rainforest World Music Festival, and he joins Ron Esposito to talk about the country and the importance of music as a bridge between cultures.

New CD from local jazz musician Rick VanMatre

Aug 16, 2013

Rick VanMatre, Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies and Saxophone at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music stops by the studio to talk with Ron Esposito about his new CD, Lines Above, and the upcoming release party at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club on September 6.

Moonbow: The End of Time

Aug 14, 2013
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The opening strains of Moonbow's debut album, The End of Time, draw you in like the first hill of a monster roller coaster.  The off-tune violin and rustic guitar hint of something yet-to-come; and once the drums and bass kick-in, you're over that first big hill, screaming with a combination of thrill and terror. You're gravity's prisoner now, so you best just hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

You may recognize the name Andy Stein from his frequent appearances as guest musician on A Prairie Home Companion. He’s a talented and respected jazz violinist who will be doing three appearances next week with Cincinnati’s own Faux Frenchmen. Brian O’Donnell gets all the details from band member George Cunningham.

Brian Powers from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County joins Lee Hay in our studio to talk about the 5th Annual Cowboy Copas Memorial Concert on August 16 and 17. Copas is a music legend, born in Adams County, and who died tragically in the same place crash that took Patsy Cline’s life. The memorial concerts will take place in Winchester, Ohio and will feature great music and some special guests, including his daughter, singer Cathy Copas.

Us, Today

Aug 2, 2013

Us, Today is a Cincinnati trio of guitar, vibraphone/keyboard, and drums whose music is best described as an avant-garde blend of jazz, rock, minimalism, and electronic music, with a heavy emphasis on experimentation and improvisation. They will be part of this September’s Midpoint Music Festival, but Stuart Holman had the chance to sit down with Kristen Agee and Joel Griggs from Us, Today to talk about their wide-ranging musical styles and influences.

Lebanon Blues Festival

Jul 29, 2013
Lebanon Blues Festival

It's Commonly Jazz is back!

Jul 26, 2013

The pavilion in Eden Park will host the It’s Commonly Jazz series of concerts this August. As Robyn Carey-Allgeyer learns from organizer Laura Gentry, each Thursday evening will feature different jazz performers in concert for free.

Local music legend and nightclub owner Bobby Mackey joins Brian O’Donnell to talk about a new exhibit at Devou Park’s Behringer Crawford Museum entitled Northern Kentucky Music Legends. The exhibit pays tribute to local musicians, composers and others who successfully spent their lives in the music business.

The Blues show with Lee Hay this Saturday night, July 27th at 11pm, will feature August blues concerts/festivals in the Greater Cincinnati area.  Besides music from various featured musicians, there will be interviews with Peter Frampton, George Hibben from Rookwood Pottery, plus Marcos Sastre and Rick Leighton from the Bluebirds. 

A letter from our friends at the Cincy Blues Fest:

Cincy Blues Fans: 

Covington’s Behringer Crawford Museum has a very special Music@BCM concert Thursday, July 18 when Cincinnati favorite The Bluebirds provide the tunes for the Bourbon ‘n Blues night.

Cincinnati native Susan Didrichsen left for the bright lights of New York and is now a successful singer, working with such artists as Spyro Gyra, Wilson Pickett, Jennifer Hudson and many more. She’s now helping up-and-coming singers, and as Brian O’Donnell learns, she’ll be in town on July 20 to present her NYC Vocal Performance Workshop.

WEB ONLY: An extended interview with local life coach and musician Ron Esposito as he talks about his just released CD Soul Burst with Lee Hay. They discuss his creative process, some of the guest artists on the new CD, the digital recording process and more.

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