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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.

NREL helps federal buildings get solar makeovers

Sep 1, 2015

With zero congressional wrangling, President Obama sent down Executive Order 13693, dubbed “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade,” which mandates that federal agencies get at least 30 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by the year 2025.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. has the task of guiding building supervisors toward that goal.  Andy Walker, Ph.D., Principal Engineer with NREL’s Integrated Applications Center, joined “First Take with Lando and Chavis” to talk about the massive, fast track program.

"Gee, Baby Ain't I Good To You" | Stories of Standards

Aug 31, 2015

Don Redman composed, “Gee, Baby Ain’t I Good To You” as the roaring twenties drew to a close. 

The first recording, featuring McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, was produced in 1929—just one week after the stock market crash that marked the beginning of the Great Depression.

Andy Razaf’s lyrics reflect the consumer-driven culture of the time, using expensive presents to illustrate the depth of the narrator’s sentiments.

Join the First Take crew each Thursday at 8:35 a.m. as they talk about Colorado’s cultural scene with Arts District host Carrie Saldo. Below is the summary from August 27, 2015. 

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