First Take

Tonight (Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015), the McNichols Building at Denver Civic Center Park ties together painter Trine Bumiller's exhibition of oil paintings inspired by 100 years of Rocky Mountain National Park, the second floor exhibition celebrating rock-n-roll and metal sculpture by Kevin Robb in an event called "Night of Rock."

"Good Morning Heartache" | Stories of Standards

Sep 8, 2015; info from The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire by Ted Gioia

“Good Morning Heartache,” first recorded in 1946 by Billie Holiday, is the result of a collaboration between Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher, and lyricist Ervin Drake. Higginbotham numbered among the few successful women in the songwriting industry during the first half of the 20th century.

Due to the male-dominated nature of the industry at the time, scant interest was expressed in her life until recently. In fact, information regarding Higginbotham’s career is so sparse that for years, she was confused with Irene Kitchings, the wife of pianist Teddy Wilson.

Metropolitan State University of Denver launches the Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry (“D-phi”) in September with a citywide series of events including art exhibits, film screenings, theatrical performances and lectures.  

D-phi Director and MSU—Denver Associate Professor of Philosophy Adam Graves shared the big, esoteric picture on "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

The Better Your Left Hand, the Better the Music will Sound

Sep 3, 2015

New Orleans – that most unique of American cities - has produced some of the greatest and best-known piano players the Jazz and Blues world has ever seen. From Jelly Roll Morton to Fats Domino to Dr. John to Henry Butler, their influence is as widespread as the Mississippi River. Jazz itself was born out of the sporting houses in New Orleans where the piano players played orchestrated music designed to help promote good patronage.

The Vail Jazz Workshop was created in 1996 to assist in the development of exceptionally gifted musicians.  So far 238 young musicians have moved through one of the finest music incubators in the world.  Alto saxophonist, composer and band leader Tia Fuller was at Vail as a teenager, and so was pianist Justin Kauflin.