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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.

Cincinnati's got a great jazz scene these days!  Here's a sample of some of the upcoming performances in the area:

4/29 – 8:30pm – The Blue Wisp Big Band at Urban Artifacts in Northside.  New Wednesday night location!

4/30 – International  Jazz Day - Jazz events all over the world. 

5/2 – 9pm - Don Braden, internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist and Cincinnati native at The Greenwich with Phil DeGreg (piano), Art Gore (drums), and Aaron Jacobs (bass). 

Jazz musician Keigo Hirakawa joins our Ron Esposito to talk about his latest CD, And Then There Were Three, and their upcoming release party at Gilly’s in Dayton on April 12.

Jazz lovers in this area have no doubt made the drive to Dayton to see some of their favorites perform in in intimate setting of Gilly’s, celebrating almost 34 years of presenting live music in their current location. The club’s owner, Jerry Gillotti, joins our Ron Esposito to reflect on some of the greats who’ve performed at Gilly’s and the challenges of booking live music these days.

Saturday, March 28 "Dreaming in Colour" at The Greenwich.

Dreaming In Colour is a St. Louis-based contemporary, instrumental jazz group
that presents an atmosphere of resonant songwriting full of energy and melodiousness. The nucleus of Dreaming In Colour, bassist Kevin Ellis and drummer Chris Noonan, enlists some of the top sax and keyboard luminaries for recording and performance.

A Tribute to Kenny Poole

Mar 25, 2015

Cincinnati jazz guitarist Kenny Poole played with a number of jazz greats including Mark Murphy, Jack McDuff, Herb Ellis, and Joe Pass. To honor Poole on the anniversary of his passing, friends and fellow musicians join Lee Hay for a special two hour jazz special to celebrate his music. Performers include local jazz musician, Steve Schmidt, as well as Chicago guitarist Andy Brown. Among others sharing stories will be Fred Hersch, Larry Kinley, Phil DeGreg, Larry Goshorn, Bob Nave, April Aloisio, Larry Nager, and Phil Burkhead. 

Program Summary:

Singers past and present dominate Bill's swing show this Saturday evening, March 21st at 10pm.  The show begins with Bobby Darin, "Sunday in New York," and Linda Ronstadt's, "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance."  You'll also hear from Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble and Julie London in the first half of the program.

Frank Johnson sits down with local jazz great Ed Moss to talk about his club, Schwartz’s Point, and the new CD from Ed Moss & The Society Jazz Orchestra, Back to Be-Bop.

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A number of big band tunes are on this week's playlist of Swing with Bill Cartwright on Saturday, March 14th at 10pm.  Songs by some of the iconic big bands of the era will be heard including Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton, Les Brown, and Harry James.  Some of the famous vocalists who'll be heard are Eydie Gorme, Nancy Wilson, and Keely Smith. 

Cincinnati acquires Jazz Hall of Fame

Mar 10, 2015

For those who appreciate music, recognizing the great artists who work so hard to create it is quite important. Musicians devote their lives to composing passion into impacting melodies that serve to move the soul. To recognize the artist for their work is to let them know we appreciate their gift, and thank them for sharing it. There are many award organizations that exist for this reason, such as the Grammys and Hard Rock, but those only begin to touch on the number of musicians who deserve our gratitude. 

Jazz Entertainment for Valentines Day

Feb 13, 2015

Nothing says Valentines Day like sweet jazz music, and luckily there are plenty live performances to choose from. If you're not set on any plans for tomorrow, here are some options that are sure to make your day special.

 

Remebering Ray Charles

Feb 13, 2015

One of the biggest names of jazz history is the late Ray Charles. Starting way back in the 1950's, Charles began to define and mainstream soul music and was a major influence on the music industry thereafter. Many remember him by his great hits including Georgia, Hit the Road Jack, I Can't Stop Loving You, and many more. Charles unique voice and piano style held a long lasting career spanning about 58 years and acquired an expansive list of awards, including 17 Grammys. 

 

Bill starts this program with music from Buddy Morrow who was a trombonist and big band leader.  He was once a member of the Tonight Show band, and also led the Tommy Dorsey Band from 1977 until his death in 2010.  You'll also hear some of Bill's favorite vocalists like Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble and Ella Fitzgerald.  And, he ends the show with the Blue Wisp Big Band's "I Won't Dance."  The Blue Wisp Big Band is now performing to a packed house at Japp's on Main Street in Over the Rhine on Wednesday evenings.

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In honor of Jack Bruce, bass player for the legendary band Cream, who passed away last weekend, we will air a special episode of Jazz with OT, recorded in 1974, that features some of Cream's most memorable tunes.

Critically-acclaimed Manhattan saxophonist Daniel Bennett is performing a special "Cincinnati CD Release" at the Cincinnati Public Library (800 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio) on Saturday, September 27th at 2pm. The Daniel Bennett Group is celebrating the release of their newest album, Clockhead Goes to Camp. This special concert will feature a duo, with Daniel Bennett on saxophone and flute, and Nat Janoff on guitar. Daniel Bennett has been hailed as one of the most original and unpredictable musical voices of his generation.

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