David Lewis has a commentary on the life and times of Cincinnati musician “Ragtime” Bob Roberts. Bob Roberts was born in Cincinnati on April 27, 1871. He became a pioneer in most of the things he tried: ragtime composer, recording artist, stand-up comedian and early radio comic. Later in his career, he worked for WCKY. He died of a heart attack in his home at 3671 Vine Street on January 21, 1930 and was buried in the family plot at Spring Grove Cemetery.
Mary Ellen Tanner: Girl Singer is a two-hour tribute to the late local vocalist who loved to sing standards, orginally airing on Saturday, August 9 from 10pm to midnight on 91.7 WVXU, 88.5 WMUB, online at wvxu.org, via the free WVXU mobile app or the iHeartRadio app. This special will be repeated because of listener response on Saturday, September 20th, from 8-10pm.
Local jazz vocalist Lynne Scott talks about her new CD with the Rob Allgeyer Trio, Lovely Songs Today…the Standards of Tomorrow, as well as some of her favorite jazz singers and standards during a chat with our Ron Esposito.
Update: Rosemary Clooney: Big Band Singer will be re-broadcast on Saturday, August 3rd at 10pm.
This two-hour special, in honor of her 85th birthday on May 23rd, focuses on the big band career of local favorite Rosemary Clooney. Beginning with her performances with the Tony Pastor Band, the special highlights other big bands she worked with including Duke Ellington, Nelson Riddle, Woody Herman, and Count Basie. You’ll enjoy songs from Rosemary Clooney’s 1956 show, plus, interviews with some of her family and friends, including her brother Nick; friend and host of Song Travels on WVXU, Michael Feinstein; jazz vocalist Amy London; drummer Jeff Hamilton; and Cincinnati Pops violinist Stacy Woolley. Hosted by Bill Cartwright and produced by Lee Hay.