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Stories of Standards
9:12 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Strayhorn's "Raincheck" | Stories of Standards

Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
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"Raincheck" was composed by Billy Strayhorn and arranged by Les Hooper. Recorded in the wake of Strayhorn's death by his long-time music partner, Duke Ellington, the song debuted in Ellington's 1967 album ...And His Mother Called Him Bill.

A tribute to Strayhorn, all album songs were either written or co-written by the great jazz composer, pianist, lyricist and arranger.

Strayhorn's and Ellington's collaboration spanned nearly three decades.

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Stories of Standards
1:32 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Thelonious Monk's "In Walked Bud" | Stories of Standards

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Composed in 1947, Thelonius Monk's "In Walked Bud" is a tribute to jazz pianist Bud Powell. The tune's chord progression borrows from Irving Berlin's 1927 standard "Blue Skies."

"In Walked Bud" spans Monk's career, starting with the 1947 recording sessions for Genius of Modern Music. In 1968, Jon Hendricks added some spontaneously conceived lyrics to a version that made its way into Underground - one of Monk’s final studio albums accompanied by a band.

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2:50 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Matchwits 2015 champions: Fossil Ridge HS, Ft. Collins

Since January, hosts of "First Take with Lando and Chavis" Carlos Lando and Steve Chavis played clips from the Rocky Mountain PBS high school quiz show "Matchwits,"  but they were no match for Colorado's best and brightest.  Coach of the 2015 championship team from Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins Martha Cranor visited the KUVO morning show to talk about how the team pulled off the win.

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1:39 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Kempe Foundation marks 30 years against child abuse

"Girl on a Swing" sculpture by Leonardo Rossi

More than 10,000 children were abused or neglected in Colorado in 2013, according to the Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect.  John Faught, president of the Foundation visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to update the KUVO audience during National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Stories of Standards
10:51 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Ann Ronell's “Willow Weep For Me” | Stories of Standards

Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra. Information and text from

Composed by Ann Ronell “Willow Weep for Me” was introduced by vocalist and whistler Muzzy Marcellino performing with Ted Fio Rito and His Orchestra in 1932. Their Brunswick recording entered the pop charts December 3, 1932, and rose to number 17.

Later in 1932,  Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra’s Victor recording with singer Irene Taylor topped the charts at number two.  More than 30 years later in 1964, “Willow Weep for Me” reemerged on the pop charts thanks to British duo Chad and Jeremy.

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