First Take

Take a 200-acre plot of Colorado prairie, and sun and rain.  Work the farm, and then throw in a some jazz for flavor.  That's the recipe for "Jazz Night" at May Farms in Byers, Colo., about 35 minutes from downtown Denver heading east on Interstate 70.  Events coordinator Christine Smith visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to tell the story.

"It's a family owned working farm, really a slice of heaven on earth, very serene," said Smith, a city-dweller who is helping the farm balance some of agriculture's inherent risks.

“Desafinado” | Stories of Standards

Jun 8, 2015

João Gilberto released “Desafinado” in 1958 as part of a collection by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Lyrics for the tune were written by Newton Mendoca. 

These studio sessions proved pivotal for Jobim, establishing the Brazilian composer as the originator of bossa nova style.

“Desafinado” began as a hit in Brazil before spreading to the United States. Though the popularity of Jobim’s “The Girl from Ipanema” sometimes overshadows “Desafinado,” the latter is still widely preferred among musicians when sets call for a bossa nova hit.

Jazz on Film: new "Icons" offer jazz as philosophy

Jun 5, 2015

For anyone who’s gotten into a discussion about what jazz is and is not, this one’s for you. For DJs and aficionados who read album liner notes and magazines and scour the record store bins this one is for you too. For all the people who are curious about jazz and what’s happening today this is one you need to see.

Vocalist and songwriter Selina Albright will perform at City Park Jazz June 7!

Don't forget to stop by and say hi at the KUVO booth - and pick up some free swag!

Possessing a musical versatility that comes from years of listening to a wide-range of music, Albright's soulfulness and angelic tone add character and emotion to any ballad. And her powerful wailing and stage presence commands attention.

"Easy Living" | Stories of Standards

Jun 1, 2015

Paramount commissioned composer Ralph Rainger and lyricist Leo Robin to write “Easy Living” for the 1937 comedy film of the same name, starring Ray Milland and Jean Arthur. The song appeared in the original film as an instrumental version, which perhaps contributed to its initial obscurity.

Later in 1937, Billie Holiday recorded “Easy Living” with Teddy Wilson’s Orchestra. Billie Holiday’s rendition gained attention and launched “Easy Living” into the charts for the first time, where it remained for two weeks.