Erik Troe

Host, Jazz Caravan and Production Assistant

Gee whiz! Whoda thunk that the son of Iowans could have reached the heights of cosmopolitan prestige as host of a two-hour program on the nation's number-one jazz and blues station? It really does go to show that you really can be anyone you want to be in this land of ours...

Although I was born in LaGrange, IL (just like John A. Lewis of my favorite group, the Modern Jazz Quartet), I've been a Denverite since 1981.  My father, a trumpeter, introduced me to the sound of jazz via his collection of Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie and Maynard Ferguson records and I took off from there. My association with KUVO began in the summer of 2002. I came in thinking I had something of a solid background in jazz but boy, was I humbled by the encyclopedic knowledge of Ed Danielson, Rodney Franks, Carlos Lando and others on the jazz89 staff. Filling in the gaps of my own musical education - an ongoing process, of course - has been a very enriching experience for me, and I truly enjoy getting to share my passion for music with you on the air.

Music
5:15 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Pianist-Composer-Bandleader Horace Silver Has Passed at Age 85

Credit Photo Mosaic Records

NPR has reported and family sources confirm the death of modern Jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver.  He was 85.  Following considerable sideman experiences in his home state of Connecticut and New York City with Stan Getz, Milt Jackson and Miles Davis, Silver became a co-leader, along with drummer Art Blakey, of the Jazz Messengers.

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Music
2:33 am
Thu May 1, 2014

30 Years of Mainstream Jazz in One Box

Concord Jazz & Concord Picante: 30 Years on 6 CDs

For your membership to KUVO/KVJZ at $20 a month, we'd love to send you this 6-CD boxed set: Concord Records 30th Anniversary, plus a new jazz89 hoodie or long sleeved T-shirt featuring a divine Sarah Vaughan graphic.

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Jazz Appreciation Month
7:29 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Erik Troe is a happy fellow

Aleks, leader of the Alex Girshevich Trio

I'm a most lucky fella! We've got live music featured both Thursday and Friday on the JAZZ CARAVAN this week. Yay!

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Jazz Caravan

Every weekday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, KUVO’s Jazz Caravan provides peerless music, regular traffic reports, and an outlet for Erik Troe’s otherwise pointless trove of discographic trivia.  We feature only the finest in classic and contemporary Jazz, celebrate musical birthdays and observe passings, promote upcoming concerts, and spin recordings made on any given day in Jazz history!  You can expect a classy rotation of diverse artists and styles from under the Jazz umbrella, but your host’s penchant for ‘20s Sweet orchestras, ‘40s Swing-to-Bop, mid ‘50s Cool Hollywood, Chamber Jazz and anyone he considers “underrated” to be prominently featured.  Hitch your wagon to the Jazz Caravan and blaze a trail to your Oasis in the City!  

MaryLynn Gillaspie