Duke Ellington

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On New Year’s Eve 15 years ago, Cincinnati jazz lovers weren’t celebrating. They were about to lose their favorite station, WNOP-AM, which last broadcast jazz on Dec. 31, 2000.

For 40 years, the crazy little station filled the airwaves with Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz giants.

It was unlike any other station in Cincinnati – or possibly the nation. Who else broadcast from three huge oil tanks welded together, floating on the Ohio River on the Newport shore.

They called it “The Jazz Ark.”

Songs from Ella Fitzgerald and Billy May start off this week's "Swing with Bill Cartwright" program that airs on Saturday, March 7th at 10pm.  During the first half of the program, you'll also hear from Benny Goodman, Keely Smith and Artie Shaw.   

After the break, you'll hear "I Won't Dance" by Tony Bennett and the classic "Jumpin' at the Woodside" by Duke Ellington and Count Basie.  Other selections include ones by Glenn Miller and Buddy Morrow.

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. 

Tune in Saturday night at 10 for Bill Cartwright playing the best of the big bands as he brings you Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmy Dorsey and more.

From Duke Ellington's official website:

A new biography of legendary jazz musician Duke Ellington

Nov 15, 2013

Terry Teachout, drama critic of The Wall Street Journal, jazz musician and author, joins David Delegator by phone for a talk about his latest biography, DUKE: A Life of Duke Ellington.