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After the loss of one of the group's founders and a 10-year gap between albums, the legendary jazz a capella foursome The Manhattan Transfer has just released The Junction

The next induction ceremony and concert for the Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame takes place on Sunday, April 8 at Mount St. Joseph University. 

Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame

Jan 19, 2018

The Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame is gearing up for its 2018 events, including the new induction class coming in April. 

Of all the renowned musicians from Cincinnati, are you familiar with jazz pianist Charlie Alexander

The next concert in the Xavier University Jazz Series brings together some familiar names in jazz, combined into a supergroup called Hudson

He's a Cincinnati native and one of the most acclaimed jazz musicians of this era. 

He's got a new CD (Open Book) and memoir (Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In and Out of Jazz), and will be back in his hometown for the upcoming Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival on October 28. Fred Hersch joins our Ron Esposito to talk about his life, his health and his music.

The Joint's Still Jumpin'

Sep 26, 2017

We're so fortunate to have so many talented musicians in Cincinnati and we're grateful to them for donating their time and talent to this CD project.

Coming next to the Xavier University Jazz Series is a concert from Noah Preminger & Gary Versace with Brandon Coleman Trio on October 1. 

Local piano legend Phil DeGreg and his trio will release a new CD, Queen City Blues, at a party on September 21 at The Greenwich in Walnut Hills. 

Live Jazz Coming To Xavier University

Aug 25, 2017

The Xavier University Jazz Music Series is preparing for a new season of live performances, beginning September 17. 

This weekend's Cincinnati Music Festival is the current name for what began decades ago as The Ohio Valley Jazz Festival

Jazz, gospel and singers from a dozen African American church choirs raising their voices are all part of the upcoming Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra concert called Come Together

During this Jazz Appreciation Month, the Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame will hold its third annual induction ceremony

Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month: last year, local musicians Brad Myers and Michael Sharfe recorded their CD in the Cincinnati Public Radio Corbett Studio

Music: Legendary local jazz vocalist Mary Ellen Tanner is with the Lee Stolar Trio for this recording of But Not For Me.

Jazz Musician Eddie Gomez From Chick Corea Trilogy

Sep 30, 2016

Jazz musician Eddie Gomez is coming to Cincinnati as part of Chick Corea Trilogy, appearing as part of Xavier University’s Jazz Music Series on October 8. 

Music From Ed Moss & The Society Jazz Orchestra

Sep 9, 2016

Ron Esposito presents a song from Ed Moss & The Society Jazz Orchestra

The upcoming 2016-17 season of the Xavier University Jazz Music Series features some of the most recognizable names in music including Chick Corea and Christian McBride

Jazz pianist Roy Meriweather has re-released his 1975 album Nubian Lady (originally called Live) which was recorded in 1973 at The Magic Carpet in Dayton, Ohio.

Miles Ahead

Apr 12, 2016
Brian Douglas

Sunday, May 15 at 9:00 pm

As Miles Ahead, actor/director Don Cheadle’s film about Miles Davis, opens in movie theaters this spring, WVXU presents a special look at Davis, the film and his music.

Featured are interviews with Cheadle, score composer Robert Glasper, members of Miles' family and music from the film. You’ll enjoy classic Miles Davis tracks: Seven Steps to Heaven, Frelon Brun, Miles Ahead, Solea, Black Satin, Prelude, part 2, So What, Back Seat Betty; and new cuts from Robert Glasper’s score.

John Kiesewetter takes us behind-the-scenes on the locally filmed biopic of musician Miles Davis, Miles Ahead.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011: 8 PM:
Don't miss this one-hour tribute to Frank Foster who was born in Cincinnati in 1928 and was a noted jazz musician and composer.

Well-known for his work with the Count Basie orchestra, Frank Foster will be honored by his friends and jazz colleagues. Music from his long jazz career will also be featured on this special produced and hosted by Lee Hay.

Frank Sinatra - A Voice in Time

Dec 1, 2015

Saturday, December 12 at 10 pm
Nancy Sinatra hosts this one-hour special looking back at Frank Sinatra's early years (1939-1952).

While Playboy may be changing some of the visual content in its magazine, there’s no denying the impact it has made to music, particularly jazz, over the decades.  Ron Esposito talks with Patty Farmer, the author of the new book Playboy Swings: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face of Music.

Xavier University music professor and organizer of the XU Music Series, Dr. Polina Bespalko, previews the upcoming concerts in their new jazz series, including a performance from the Blue Wisp Big Band on September 13, with our Ron Esposito.

Meet Bobby Sharp, The Very Busy Local Jazz Drummer

Aug 14, 2015

He’s one of the busiest jazz drummers in the area, currently keeping the beat for three different groups – he’s Bobby Sharp and the Cincinnati native is talking with our Stuart Holman.

Acclaimed jazz singer Amy London stopped by our studio recently to talk with Lee Hay about her newest musical project, a CD called Bridges that features a variety of guest performers including local jazz pianist Steve Schmidt.

The Brandon Coleman Quartet's new CD

Jun 19, 2015

Infinite Loop is the new jazz CD from the Brandon Coleman Quartet.

The inaugural class of the new Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame will be inducted during a ceremony and concert by jazz great & Cincinnati native Fred Hersch on Friday, May 8 at Northern Kentucky University. Ron Esposito gets all the details on the hall and this kick-off event from founder Virginia Casey.

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