First Take

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“I Can’t Get Started” - composed by Vernon Duke with lyrics from Ira Gershwin - debuted in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 Broadway show, starring Bob Hope, Fanny Brice, and Eve Arden.

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!

"Au Privave" | Stories of Standards

Jul 7, 2015
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“Au Privave” was composed and recorded by Charlie Parker in 1951, at the tail end of Parker's most fruitful recording years. Parker spent 1949 and 1950 in Europe, where he recorded just over half of his surviving work.

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!

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In the opening lines of Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” - composed in 1932 - a haunting melody unfurls in a minor key over an inconsonant background. This discord is born from the unconventional use of a single note, intoned 35 times over the first 8 bars, which establishes a tension that carries through the entirety of the song.

A new documentary on the life of Nina Simone will be released on Netflix on June 26, 2015.  "What Happened, Miss Simone" (101 mins.) is directed by Liz Garbus.  

"Nina Simone's general narrative has inspired so many young women throughout her career and since her death (in 2003)," said Rodney Franks, host of "Into the Evening" on Jazz89 KUVO.  "She was a complicated spirit, with a lot of depth."

A ten-year dream comes to fruition this Sunday in Boulder at "Jump for Jazz," a series of free workshops, with an evening concert.   Organizer Miriam Paisner shared the story of this grassroots music education event with "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

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