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"Solar" | Stories of Standards

Jul 31, 2015
biography.com; info from jazzstandards.com, theatlantic.com

In the serene Jazz Corner section of Woodlawn Cemetery, located in the Bronx, NY, lies the final resting place of jazz legend Miles Davis. The tombstone is a large, stately slab of polished stone, etched with a simple epitaph containing Davis' name, dates of birth and death, a picture of a trumpet. Just one additional, controversial engraving adorns the tombstone—the score for the first two measures of the song "Solar."

“The Song is You” | Stories of Standards

Jul 27, 2015

“The Song is You” - composed by Jerome Kern, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein -  debuted in the 1932 Broadway musical, “Music in the Air.”

Tune in to First Take with Chavis and Lando - weekdays from 6-9 am MT - for Stories of Standards to hear our favorite versions of this song all week long!

"A Child is Born" | Stories of Standards

Jul 20, 2015
Jazz in Photo (from a 1957 session)

Thad Jones composed “A Child is Born” in 1969, shortly after forming the Thad Jones – Mel Lewis Orchestra. Lyrics were added by Alec Wilder. 

Tune in to First Take with Chavis and Lando - weekdays from 6-9 am MT - for Stories of Standards to hear our favorite versions of this song all week long!

Jazz on Film: The original jazz party

Jul 17, 2015

In 1954, wealthy socialite Elaine Lorillard had an idea for the “First Annual American Jazz Festival” to be put on over the Fourth of July weekend in the very upscale beach community of Newport, Rhode Island. She enlisted George Wein to produce it and with a few hiccups over the years it has been going strong ever since. Curiously, it is only the second oldest Jazz Festival. That honor goes to the Australian Jazz Convention in New South Wales that has run continuously since 1946. 

Art Scene: Crossing cultures in Denver

Jul 17, 2015

KUVO's visual arts consultant Hilary DePolo booked the guest on her monthly feature "Art Scene"  far in advance of this week's nuclear weapons treaty announcement with Iran.  Her guest, Eric Dallimore of Leon Gallery (1112 E 17th Ave., Uptown) is opening an exhibit of Iranian-American artists called Continental Divide: East of L.A./West of Tehran.

Visual arts are a great tool to foster the idea of individuality, "no matter what color they are, or what their garb is," said DePolo.  

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