First Take

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."

Jazz on Film: Can a Cartoon Swing? You Bet.

Jun 20, 2015

Kaoru is an aloof and woefully introspective high school student. He has moved from school to school and town to town, never making friends and consoling himself with his studies (he is an honor student) and playing classical piano. His father is gone for long stretches and he hasn’t seen his mother in years ever since his parents divorced. Now his finds himself living with relatives in a small coastal town and having to hike up a steep slope to get to his new school every morning.

"Red Top" | Stories of Standards

Jun 20, 2015

The song "Red Top" was composed by Lionel Hampton in 1947, and  was first recorded the same year by The Lionel Hampton Orchestra.

A famous jazz standard, "Red Top" is also infamous for the controversy swirling around the creation of the song. That controversy centers around two musicians: Lionel Hampton and Ben Kynard.

“Blue Moon” | Stories of Standards

Jun 16, 2015

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s “Blue Moon” underwent an arduous journey to fame. After three name changes and several lyrical revisions, the tune finally gained traction, becoming a number one hit and selling over one million copies of sheet music.

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!