The Blues with Lee Hay

Saturdays at 11 PM

Blues lovers will enjoy spending Saturday nights listening to their favorite music with longtime blues host Lee Hay.

This week's Blues show begins with vocalist Madeleine Peyroux who'll be appearing in Cincinnati on Tuesday, April 21st at the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley and performing with the Ric Hordinski trio.  Cassandra Wilson, Dr. John and Eric Bibb are also featured in the first set.  Dr. John's coming to the Taft Theatre on May 20th.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday's birthday (4/7/15), I've put together a one-hour special celebrating her work that'll air on Saturday, April 11th at 11pm.  You'll hear from jazz vocalist Amy London, former WNOP disc jockey Robyn Carey-Allgeyer, and musician Ron Esposito who interviews John Szwed about his new book on Billie. There are plenty of songs by Billie Holiday as well as tunes performed by four vocalists who recorded tribute albums of her work...Tony Bennett, Carmen McRae, Rosemary Clooney, and  Cassandra Wilson.

This week on The Blues (April 4th at 11pm), you'll hear a number of musicians with tour dates in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Local blues guitarist Sonny Moorman begins this week's edition of the Blues, which will air at 11 o'clock on Saturday evening, March 28th, with a song from his group's latest cd, "Lucky 13."  The rest of the first set includes Gov't Mule and the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.  They begin a European tour on April 10th and when they return to the states, they'll be performing at Huber Heights on June 24th.

Chicago Blues Festival's website

The headliners of this year’s 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival will include Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal Trio, Toronzo Cannon, Syl Johnson, Clarence Carter, Zora Young, Big Bill Morganfield, Mud Morganfield, Bobby Dixon, Alex Dixon, Billy Branch and others who will be performing at the Petrillo Music Shell, June 12–14, in Grant Park. The three-day festival, presented by the City of Chicago, will also feature tributes and a special centennial concert honoring Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon on Sunday, June 14.

This week on The Blues, which'll air at 11pm on Saturday, March 21st, the show begins with a song written by Jimmy Smith "Bayou" and is played by the great Joey DeFrancesco.  This is followed by Ruth Brown with a recording she did in 1989, "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" with Grady Tate on drums and altoist Hank Crawford. 

This week on The Blues which airs Saturday night at 11pm on March 14th, 2015, we'll start off with a birthday salute to the great jazz vocalist Mark Murphy who performed in Cincinnati many times over the years. He turned 83 on March 14th in Englewood, New Jersey where he's now living.

Cincinnati acquires Jazz Hall of Fame

Mar 10, 2015

For those who appreciate music, recognizing the great artists who work so hard to create it is quite important. Musicians devote their lives to composing passion into impacting melodies that serve to move the soul. To recognize the artist for their work is to let them know we appreciate their gift, and thank them for sharing it. There are many award organizations that exist for this reason, such as the Grammys and Hard Rock, but those only begin to touch on the number of musicians who deserve our gratitude. 

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For years, a lot of people who live in the Cincinnati area knew to pay attention to what Larry Nager was saying. Whether it was a concert review, a profile of a musician or news about upcoming record releases, people might spend money, sometimes lots of it, based on what he wrote -- first, for the afternoon paper, the Post, then for the "winner" in the battle for print allegiance, the Enquirer.

When was the last time you heard King Pleasure on the radio?  Well, here's your chance to hear a song from his Blue Note release, Moody's Mood for Love, recorded in NYC in 1962.  He's followed by a 1994 song by New Orleans favorite Johnny Adams, I Cover the Waterfront.  I thought it'd be fun to include Kurt Elling's version of Theodore Roethke's

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