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 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?

Join Bill this Saturday evening at 1opm for a great show that'll start with Chris Connor's version of "Jeepers Creepers" followed by Nat King Cole and "There Will Never Be Another You."  You'll also hear from Bing Crosby, Julie London, and Jo Stafford.  Some of the big bands featured include Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman.

Bill Cartwright's put together a fun show for the holiday season!  The program begins with Ella Fitzgerald's version of "White Christmas" and then later in the show you'll hear the classic rendition of "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby.  You'll also hear Joe Williams singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,"  "My Favorite Things" performed by Barbra Streisand, and Peggy Lee's "Winter Wonderland."  Other classic songs will be sung by Manhattan Transfer, Diana Krall, and Harry Connick, Jr.

Merry Christmas on Swing with Bill Cartwright Saturday night at 10pm on WVXU/WMUB!

Sit back with a glass of wine, and enjoy the big band sounds of swing this evening.  Bill's starting the show off with "And the Angels Sing" by Martha Tilton and Steve Tyrell's "Cheek to Cheek."  There are also songs by Billie Holiday, Nat Cole, and Keely Smith ("Stormy Weather").  You'll hear Bing Crosby's classic "White Christmas," and the show ends with "Lullaby of Birdland" by Count Basie.

This show begins with the big bands of Glenn Miller and Count Basie.  Other bands heard during the hour include Harry James, "Crazy Rhythm" and Benny Goodman's "Sing, Sing, Sing."  During the first half of the swing show, you'll hear from some great vocalists like Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Linda Ronstadt.  June Christy, Rosemary Clooney and Michael Buble are some of the vocalists you'll hear in the second half of Bill's swing show.  And the evening's program will end with the classic "Stardust" by Glenn Miller.

You're in for a treat tonight.  The show begins with "Witchcraft" by Sarah Vaughan, and then "Mr. Anthony's Boogie" by Ray Anthony, and then a lovely song by Mel Torme, "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails."  You'll also hear from vocalists like Maxine Sullivan, Nat Cole, and Paul Anka.

This week's swing show starts off with a great version of "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin, followed by Glenn Miller's "Tuxedo Junction," and Cincinnati native Doris Day with "Sentimental Journey."  You'll also hear from Linda Ronstadt, Harry Connick Jr, and Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett.  And, the program ends with Gerald Wilson's Orchestra performing the classic "Love for Sale."

Local concert note: The Blue Wisp Big Band will be performing this coming Wednesday evening, November 26th, from 8-11:30pm at the York Street Cafe in Newport, Kentucky.