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.”

Miss Peggy Lee gets things started on this week's Swing show with the title track from her Hallmark release, "Why Don't You Do It Right."  This is followed by several big band selections in the first half of the show including Fletcher Henderson, Ralph Flanagan, and Harry James.  Helen Forrest sings with Harry James' orchestra.  You'll also hear Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, "For Me and My Gal," from the 1942 hit parade album.  Rosemary Clooney, Rod Stewart and Artie Shaw are also

spotlighted in the second half of this swing program.

This week's show starts off with a standard from the time, "Cherokee," by Glen Gray.  During the first half of Bill's swing show, you'll also hear from Glenn Miller, Mel Torme, and the great Billie Holiday performing "Say It Isn't So."  A number of wonderful vocalists are presented during the second half of the show including Frank Sinatra's classic, "Strangers in the Night," along with Dean Martin, "All I Do is Dream of You," and Bobby Darin singing "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square."

The Swing show on Saturday, July 11th at 10pm features a number of great vocalists including Linda Ronstadt, Jane Monheit, and Frank Sinatra.  The second set of Bill's swing show begins with the great Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie and concludes with the Patrick Williams Big Band doing "I've Got the World on a String." 

This week, Saturday, July 4th at 10pm on Bill's swing show, he starts things off with Benny Goodman's "King Porter Stomp" followed by Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin and Lena Horne.  He also includes in the first set songs by Woody Herman, Diana Krall and George Shearing.

The second set of the Swing show begins with a favorite from New Orleans native Harry Connick, Jr.,"We Are in Love."  Other vocalists in the second set this week include Rosemary Clooney, June Christy, and Frank Sinatra.  And the show ends with the classic, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore,"

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.