Swing with Bill Cartwright

Saturdays at 10 PM

Host Bill Cartwright brings his passion for 1930’s and 40’s era Big Band music to this entertaining Saturday evening showcase honoring the music of the “Golden Age of Radio.”

This week's swing show features a number of great jazz vocalists including Louis Armstrong, June Christy and Dinah Washington in the first set.  There's also great swing music from Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman, and Stan Kenton.

This week's Swing show, Saturday, June 20th at 10pm, begins with vocalist Helen Merrill performing "Dearly Beloved."  Other vocalists featured in the first half of Bill's show include Barry Manilow, Frank Sinatra, and Dinah Washington.  The second half of Swing with Bill Cartwright starts off with "There Will Never Be Another You" by Keely Smith and Michael Buble's "Summer Wind."  Also included in the second half are songs by Dean Martin, Benny Goodman, and finally the show ends with "Memories of You" by the Boilermaker's Jazz Band.

Mel Torme singing "Lulu's Back in Town" begins this week's Swing show airing on Saturday evening, June 13th at 10pm.  Other vocalists in the first half of the program include Natalie Cole, Deborah Locke, the Four Freshmen, and the great Judy Garland singing, "The Trolley Song." 

The second half of Swing features a number of iconic performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Errol Garner, and Frank Sinatra.  Cincinnati native Doris Day is featured singing, "I Can't Give You Anything But Love."  And the program ends with "King Porter Stomp" by Benny Goodman.

Bill begins this week's Swing show (which airs on Saturday night, June 6th at 10pm) with the tune, "The Song is Ended" by vocalist Dakota Staton.  I did some online research and discovered several different references to her birth year from 1930 to 1931 and 1932.  So, I'm going with 1930 as mentioned in her 2007 New York Times obituary.  Her first album which was on Capitol, "The Late, Late Show," was a hit in 1957.  The song Bill features tonight is from he

Lots of big bands on this week's show....masters like Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Buddy Rich.  There are also a number of wonderful vocalists featured including in the first set: Al Jolson, Julie London, John Pizzarelli and Patti Austin.  The first set also includes "That Old Feeling" by Billy Eckstine.  The second half of the Swing show begins with Anita O'Day's "It's DeLovely," followed by Rod Stewart, Les Brown, and Peggy Lee.  Doris Day and Buddy Rich bring the one-hour swing show to a conclusion.

This week's Swing show on Saturday, May 23rd, at 10pm, begins with a musician whom I hadn't heard of...Will Bradley.  Born in 1912, he was a trombonist and band leader who went on to play with Johnny Carson's Tonight Show band.  Mr. Bradley's song, Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar, is followed by vocalist Helen Ward and the big band of Artie Shaw.

Bill Cartwright has prepared a great show for swing lovers this week...Saturday night at 10pm on May 16th.  The show begins with Gregg Field's version of the classic "Satin Doll", "Let Yourself Go" by Stacey Kent and the ever popular Dean Martin with "On the Street Where You Live."

Other vocalists in the first half of the Swing show include Frank Sinatra, Helen Forrest and Maxine Sullivan.  After the mid-show break, you'll hear Bobby Darin, Rosemary Clooney and Glen Gray.  The show ends with Benny Goodman's "Stealin' Apples."

This week's Swing show, which airs on Saturday, May 9th at 10pm, begins with Andy Kirk's, "The Lady Who Swings the Band," which is followed by the Nat King Cole Trio, "Little Girl," and Ray Anthony's "Mr. Anthony's Boogie."  Other vocalists heard in the first half of the show include Cincinnati native Doris Day, Mel Torme, Bobby Darin and Carly Simon. 

Ella Fitzgerald's version of Irving Berlin's "It's a Lovely Day Today," starts off the second half of Bill's swing show.  Bill also includes songs by favorites Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Tony Bennett to round out the program.

Cincinnati's got a great jazz scene these days!  Here's a sample of some of the upcoming performances in the area:

4/29 – 8:30pm – The Blue Wisp Big Band at Urban Artifacts in Northside.  New Wednesday night location!

4/30 – International  Jazz Day - Jazz events all over the world. 

5/2 – 9pm - Don Braden, internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist and Cincinnati native at The Greenwich with Phil DeGreg (piano), Art Gore (drums), and Aaron Jacobs (bass). 

The legendary Billie Holiday's performance of "Blue Moon" opens this week's edition of Swing with Bill Cartwright on Saturday, May 2nd at 10pm.  Ms. Holiday is followed by Ted Heath, Steve Tyrell, and the great Jimmy Dorsey.  You'll also hear the classic "Woodchopper's Ball" by Woody Herman at the end of the first half of the program.

The second half of Bill's swing show begins with Frank Sinatra performing "Stars Fell on Alabama" and ends with "James Session" by Harry James.

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