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.”

Rod Stewart, who recorded the hit album, Every Picture Tells a Story, later in his career began recording American standards.  From his release "It Had to Be You," Bill begins this week's swing show with "Every Time We Say Goodbye," from it.  This is followed by two of Bill's favorite singers, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.  Later in the first half of Swing with Bill Cartwright, you'll hear from Michael Buble, Billie Holiday and Doris Day. 

This week's program begins with the great harmonies of the Andrew Sisters followed by "Marie" by Tommy Dorsey and Will Bradley's "Jimtown Blues."  During the first half of Bill's swing show, you'll also hear from the Four Freshmen, Maxine Sullivan, and Earl Fatha Hines.

Ella Fitzgerald singing "Darn That Dream" begins the second hour of this swing program followed by Artie Shaw and Steve Tyrell.  And vocalist June Christy "It Don't Mean a Thing" and Glenn Miller's "American Patrol" ends this salute to the swing era.

On this Swing Valentine's Day special, Bill begins with a Frank Sinatra selection, "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" followed by Linda Ronstadt's "What'll I Do." 

Later in the program, you'll hear Billie Holiday, the Four Freshmen, and Maxine Sullivan.  The romantic Swing show ends with Doris Day's "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and Ted Heath's salute to Glenn Miller, "Moonlight Serenade."

Bill begins this swing show with a song by Ella Fitzgerald, "Happiness is a Thing Called Joe" from her Harold Arlen Songbook cd followed by Tony Bennett's "Are You Havin' Any Fun."  Tony Bennett has a few concert dates this winter in Florida and on Sunday, Feb. 8th in LA with Lady Gaga.  Their live blu-ray was released in 2015.

Join host Bill Cartwright at 10pm on Saturday, January 31st, for a program which begins with "Day In, Day Out" by Diana Krall and ends with "I Can't Get Started" by Bunny Berigan.  Also heard in this show is music by vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, Dinah Washington, and Natalie Cole.

Join Bill Cartwright for another wonderful program featuring classic swing songs at 10pm Saturday, January 24th.  The show begins with "Bugle Call Rag" by Glen Gray which is followed by the legendary vocalist Billie Holiday doing "Somebody's on My Mind," and Frank Sinatra's "I Wish I Were in Love Again."  After the mid-show break, Bobby Darin performs the classic "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square."  And the program ends with Cincinnati's own Blue Wisp Big Band performing "I Won't Dance."

This week's swing show on Saturday evening at 10pm on WVXU/WMUB starts off with "You're the Cream in My Coffee" by Ray Anthony.  As a teenager he had his own band in Cleveland, and at the age of 18, he was playing first trumpet with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.  The rest of the first half of the swing show includes songs by Sammy Davis, Jr.; Rosemary Clooney, and Johnny Mercer.  The second half of the program begins with June Christy performing "Better Luck Next Time" and is followed by other vocalists including Bobby Darin, Carmen McRae and Ella Fit

On this swing show which airs on Saturday evening at 10pm, January 10th, you'll hear a few musicians you may not have heard in awhile.  There's Anita O'Day, Rod Stewart, and Larry Clinton.  During the second half hour, you'll hear from Stacey Kent, John Pizzarelli and Shorty Rogers.  And the show ends with "Avalon" by Benny Goodman.

This week's show begins with Bing Crosby's "Deed I Do" and the King Sisters performing "That's All."  Bill also includes songs by Billie Holiday, Carly Simon and Rosemary Clooney.  The last three songs of the program feature Frank Sinatra, "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," June Christy's "You Came a Long Way from St. Louis," and finally Benny Goodman with "Jumpin' at the Woodside."

Everybody knows and loves the American Songbook. But it’s a bit less widely understood that in about 1950, this stream of great songs more or less dried up. All of a sudden, what came over the radio wasn’t Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, but “Come on-a My House” and “How Much Is that Doggie in the Window?” Elvis and rock and roll arrived a few years later, and at that point the game was truly up. What happened, and why?