First Take

Boulder jazz fans have organized a jazz education event for June 2015 called the “Jump for Jazz Festival.”  Boulder’s "Jazz Gossip" Miriam Paisner sat down with “First Take with Lando and Chavis” to describe the community outreach.

“I have wanted to know for sure (about the making of jazz music) since about ten years ago when I went to the Boulder Jazz Jams at the Broker Inn and Brad Goode was leading," said Paisner, who sends out weekly jazz listings to hundreds of people via an e-mail list.

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Proceeds from NEA Jazz Master Paquito D'Rivera's concert at Mount Vernon Country Club this week will benefit Damas de Blanco, the "Ladies in White" who have worn white to Sunday Mass in Havana and around Cuba since an incident of mass arrests in 2003.  To explain this quiet protest movement, Dr. Orlando Gutierrez Boronat from the Cuban Democratic Directorate based in Miami joined "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

The 3rd annual Local Food Summit is March 2-3 in Denver.  Mickki Langston, executive director of the Mile High Business Alliance, visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis to describe the growing momentum behind the local food movement.

"The intention is to help build relationships between people who are working inside the food economy all the time," said Langston.  "Food is the foundation of our community, and it's delicious!"

Written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, "Satin Doll" became a fast hit when it debuted in 1953. Johnny Mercer later added the lyrics to the hit instrumental version of this song.

At most of his performances, Ellington played "Satin Doll" as his closing number.

The chord progression of "Satin Doll" is well-known for its uniqueness as is its opening with a ii-V-I turnaround.

"Satin Doll" has been covered by a numerous artists and groups including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, The Gaylords and more!

Despite all the unique personalities and wonderful music they produced one has to look hard to find movies where jazz stories are front and center, especially in recent decades.

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