Tony Bennett

Provided by Jim Nunn

Jim Nunn knew a little about drumming and a lot about book publishing. But he had never written a book until inspired by his friend, jazz drummer John Von Ohlen.

"For the last two years, John Von Ohlen has been putting up with me as we chatted countless times over coffee," says Nunn, who used to live across the street in Covington from Von Ohlen.

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Ol’ Blue Eyes is back. TV and radio salute singer Frank Sinatra – who was born 100 years ago this month – with great old concerts, his movies, a new Grammy tribute,  and a telecast of a rare 1957 Christmas show with Bing Crosby.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) devotes Wednesdays in December to Sinatra, the voice of the World War II generation who died in 1998 at 82. 

And WVXU-FM, WMUB-FM and wvxu.org will air  “Sinatra - A Voice in Time” at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, on his birthday. 

The opening act:  “Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music,” his first TV concert (1965) at the peak of his career, at 8 p.m. Wednesday on TCM. Sinatra sings all his hits while accompanied by the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, Saturday, April 11th at 10pm, you'll hear the great Billie Holiday and a duet by Tony Bennett and k.d. lang.  A couple of the other vocalists featured on his show include Carmen McRae with "I Was Doing All Right," and Carly Simon with "The More I See You."  A few of the big bands featured include Woody Herman and Benny Goodman.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday's birthday (4/7/15), I've put together a one-hour special celebrating her work that'll air on Saturday, April 11th at 11pm.  You'll hear from jazz vocalist Amy London, former WNOP disc jockey Robyn Carey-Allgeyer, and musician Ron Esposito who interviews John Szwed about his new book on Billie. There are plenty of songs by Billie Holiday as well as tunes performed by four vocalists who recorded tribute albums of her work...Tony Bennett, Carmen McRae, Rosemary Clooney, and  Cassandra Wilson.

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.

Bill begins this swing show with a song by Ella Fitzgerald, "Happiness is a Thing Called Joe" from her Harold Arlen Songbook cd followed by Tony Bennett's "Are You Havin' Any Fun."  Tony Bennett has a few concert dates this winter in Florida and on Sunday, Feb. 8th in LA with Lady Gaga.  Their live blu-ray was released in 2015.