Ricky Nye

This week's "Music Notes" features local concerts, new releases, a documentary starring Tatiana Berman,  music classes, and much more.  

The Blues: 5.12.18 show

May 10, 2018

On this week's blues show, Saturday, May 12th at 11pm, we'll start off with a song from Tom Jones and Jeff Beck followed by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Hugh Laurie.  The second set features Tom Waits, Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, and Ray Charles.  Irma Thomas starts off the third set along with Johnny Adams, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, and Terence Blanchard.


1. Jazz Standard's 11th Annual Fred Hersch Invitation Series in NYC - 5/8-13.

2. Greg Chako - gigs at Trotta's in Dayton KY & Washiington Platform

3. Blue Wisp Big Band  - Urban Artifact - Wednesdays until 12/26.

4. Gibson Guitars bankruptcy

5. Ricky Nye & Dottie Warner - Arnold's - 5/10

6. Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys - back surgery

7. Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket - Ludlow Garage - 5/11

1. Phil DeGreg - Latitudes - 4/26

2. Ricky Nye - Brew River Gastropub - 4/26

3. Ariel Quartet - Corbett Auditorium - 4/26

4. Black Plastic record store   

5. Sam Amidon/Sam Gendel - Music Now Festival - 4/27 & 28

The Blues: 4.21.18 show

Apr 22, 2018

This week's blues show, Saturday, April 21st at 11pm, starts off with local guitarist Kelly Richey, Gov't Mule, and the Sonny Moorman Group.  The second set features Eric Clapton, The Doors, Derek & the Dominos, and Tina TurnerBob Dylan, Corey Harris & Henry Butler, and Ricky Nye end the show in the third set.

1. Cincinnati Zoo's Tunes & Blooms concert series

2. Ricky Nye - St. Louis shows & Listing Loon gig

3. G/Listen concert series for GLSEN Greater Cincinnati chapter - Listing Loon

4. Newbees - Fretboard Brewing Company & Around Cincinnati interview/performance

5. Amy London - NJ shows

6. Bobby Mackey's - benefit for the Northern Kentucky Music Hall of Fame - 4/14

1. Vocal Arts Ensemble - Memorial Hall

2. Sam Lewis - He opens for Paul Thorn at the 20th Century, & the show's sold out.

3. Ricky Nye 

4. Punch Drunk Tagalongs

5. Erin Costelo & Shannon McNally

6. Opera Goes to Church

7. Harry James Orchestra

8. Record Day Store

9. Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp

Nick Graham

This week on Music Notes you'll hear about future local concerts, SXSW, new recordings by Wussy & Marcia Ball, and future interview/performances of musicians recorded in WVXU's Corbett Studio.

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The Cincy Blues Society is sponsoring their annual 2018 Cincy Winter Blues & Heritage Festival at Duke Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd.  There'll be more than 40 acts on 5 stages including Alligator Records recording artist Tinsley Ellis who'll be performing the first night at 9:15pm in the BB King Room.

Duets – that's the theme of this year's Blues & Boogie Piano Summit, the annual gathering of some of the world's best piano players, celebrating its 18th year. 

This week on The Blues, Saturday, October 21st, at 11pm, you'll hear a conversation with Ben Levin and Ron Esposito recorded in WVXU's studio on Monday, October 16th.  They discuss Ben's new blues cd, "Ben's Blues," which was recorded at Ultrasuede Studio here in Cincinnati.

There’s a hot young pianist on the scene whom local piano legend Ricky Nye has been praising for some time now. He’s Ben Levin and according to his website he’s been playing piano since he was eight, then hooked up with Ricky Nye.

The Blues: 9.30.17

Oct 1, 2017

This week on The Blues, 9/30/17 at 11pm, the show begins with Catfish Keith who's starting a tour of England and Europe 10/6/17.  Also in the first set, St. Paul & the Broken Bones.  They're coming to Lexington, KY 11/15 & 11/16.  The 11/16 show is almost sold out.  For some reason, I only became aware of them when I saw an interview with the lead singer Paul Janeway with Charlie Rose this week.   You'll also hear songs by Mark Nomad and Porter Nickerson.  Porter Nickerson is Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson who'll be performing at the Ludlow Garage on 10/26.  Michael Grayson recently spoke with them for our music website, Local Exposure.

Stay tuned for an interview with Ricky Nye by Ron Esposito which will air on both Around Cincinnati and The Blues sometime in October before the shows!

A New CD From Boogie Woogie Piano Player Ricky Nye

Nov 28, 2016

Local piano legend Ricky Nye has just released his latest album of blues and boogie piano tunes. 

The 17th Annual Blues & Boogie Piano Summit is back at The Southgate House Revival in Newport, this year for not one, but two nights. 

The Queen of Boogie Woogie from San Francisco, Wendy Dewitt, the Queen of Boogie Woogie from San Francisco, and her drummer Kirk Harwood will perform two concerts here in Cincinnati with our own world-famous Boogie Woogie maestro, Ricky Nye.

This week, February 6th at 11pm, we're travelling down to New Orleans for a taste of music you might hear during their Mardi Gras celebration!  The show begins with two of my favorites, Lil' Band O' Gold and ReBirth Brass Band, followed by the iconic Professor Longhair and then the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

The Winter Blues Fest will happen again this year at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati on Friday & Saturday evenings, February 5th and 6th.  The headliners this year are the Nick Moss Band on Friday night, and Carolyn Wonderland along with the Tullie Brae Band on Saturday night.

The blues special tonight, January 30th at 11pm, will feature music by Carolyn Wonderland and many of the talented blues musicians who perform in the Cincinnati area. 

For the 16th year in a row, local piano legend Ricky Nye will present his Blues and Boogie Piano Summit on Friday and Saturday, November 6-7 at The Southgate House Revival in Newport.

Please note: The unveiling of Big Joe Duskin's memorial plaque has been postponed until Saturday, September 12th at noon at Taft's Ale House in Over-the-Rhine.

Cincinnati’s master of boogie woogie piano, Ricky Nye, tells Lee Hay about a historical plaque honoring the late, great Big Joe Duskin that will be unveiled on August 8 at 14th and Vine in Over the Rhine, as well as Philip Paul’s performance with him at the Arches Stage at the Cincy Blues Fest on Saturday, August 8.

The Blues: 6/27/15

Jun 25, 2015

A group called The Claudettes start off the first set of this week's blues show on Saturday evening at 11pm on June 27th.  Also featured in the first set are local musicians Ricky Nye, as well as Larry and Tim Goshorn.  There's also a song by Bob Dylan, "Man of Constant Sorrow."

This week on The Blues, Saturday night at 11 o'clock, May 30th, you'll hear lots and lots of talented local musicians.  You'll also hear songs from a couple of new cds recently received from Alligator and Blind Pig Records.  And finally, the show will end with a personal favorite by the late great tenor saxophonist Jimmy McGary.

Tune in Saturday night, November 1st, at 11pm, for a preview of Ricky Nye's 15th Annual Blues & Boogie Piano Summit!  During this hour special, music historian Dave Lewis sits down with world-class boogie woogie musician, Ricky Nye, to talk about this year's piano summit.  They discuss the players who'll be in town for this one...Chris Conz from Switzerland, Luca Sestak from Germany, and Chase Garrett from Iowa City...as well as some of the history of boogie woogie.

Ricky Nye has assembled an outstanding group of musicians for two nights of exciting boogie woogie music at the Southgate House Revival on Friday & Saturday nights, Nov.7th & 8th.

CD Review: new release from Ricky Nye

Sep 13, 2013

David Lewis has a review of the newest CD from Cincinnati’s own boogie woogie master, Ricky Nye, called The Three B's: Blues, Ballads and Boogie Woogie.