City Park Jazz: Otis Taylor | June 26

With Otis Taylor, it's best to expect the unexpected. While his music, an amalgamation of roots styles in their rawest form, discusses heavyweight issues like murder, homelessness, tyranny, and injustice, his personal style is lighthearted. "I'm good at dark, but I'm not a particularly unhappy person," he says. "I'd just like to make enough money to buy a Porsche." Whether it's his unique instrumentation (he fancies banjo and cello), or it's the sudden sound of a female vocal, or a seemingly...
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Greg Gisbert's Giz Band | June 26 & 27

Dazzle Jazz proudly presents Greg Gisbert's Giz Band on Sunday, June 26 at 6 & 8pm and again on Monday, June 27 at 7pm.The Giz Band: Greg Gisbert - trumpet & flugelhorn, Annie Booth - piano, Mike Boone - bass, Tommy Campbell - drumsGreg Gisbert is a renowned trumpet and fluglehorn player. During his brief time in school at Berklee, Gisbert was offered to go on the road with Buddy Rich as a connection made through Wilson. Gisbert's credits have then included: Buddy Rich (1985–86),...
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Think of the events that provide the bookends for this week in music. The music week begins on Thursday when tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman wraps up his three-nights at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln, with sets at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. (303-839-5100). And the week in music ends on Wednesday when bassist John Patitucci completes the two-night, return visit by his Electric Guitar Quartet to Dazzle at 6 and 8 p.m.

“I don’t know how far the ripple effect [of our influence] spread, but Robert Johnson is a household name now.”  - Eric Clapton

Colorado is one of the most accessible states in the union, says Rachel Stafford, with the Rocky Mountain ADA Center.  She joined the KUVO morning show "First Take with Lando and Chavis" from the National ADA Symposium in downtown Denver.

"We're (also) happy to report the City and County of Denver is top notch in terms of accessibility."

Denver Post

Earlier this year tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman launched his newest band, Still Dreaming, in Denver. That band which captures the spirit of the Old and New Dreams quartet that included Joshua’s dad, Dewey Redman, on saxophone, filled Dazzle for six sets over the three nights the band was there.

In a bag or in a box, summertime wine in Colorado's parks and outdoor concert venues do not involve glass bottles.  Carolyn Joy from Joy Wine & Spirits comes to the rescue with an array of varietals, vintages and accessories for the June edition of KUVO's Wine and Food Pairing on the morning show "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

Orvest Law III, www.popcultureclassroom.org

Comic Books grew up on the rough side of town.  The children of immigrants, Comic Books tried to lash on to the fables of yesteryear and the myths of the ages to get some credibility.  But nobody gave them that kind of respect.  They were considered eye-candy, the equivalent of the boob tube - mindless entertainment and gratuitous violence.  Then Comic Books met Hollywood, and sparks flew.  The romance was fast and furious.  The baby: pop culture.

"Caravan" | Stories of Standards

Jun 7, 2016

Tune in to First Take with Lando and Chavis - weekdays from 6-9 am MT - for Stories of Standards to hear our favorite versions of this song all week long!

Art Scene: Megan Mitchell ceramics at Plinth

Jun 3, 2016

This month we welcome Megan Mitchell to Denver with her exhibition of ceramics "Border Drawings," through July at the wonderful Plinth Gallery (3520 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO 80216).

"I discovered that all these exciting things going on in ceramics are about a lot more than throwing pots," said Mitchell.  She describes the nuances of gas-fired kilns and wood-fired kilns in the audio.

Other gallery events of note on this first Friday in June: 

NY Times

For the past five-plus weeks, Jazz Notes fell victim to an accident I had that required surgery & rehabilitation. Returning to action, it’s time to note some of the items coming up during the summer season. Colorado has more than its share of summer festivals, though the exact list of events changes over the years. For example, for a number of years now, three of the most familiar names on the summer scene are the Telluride Jazz Festival (Aug.

Sara Hertwig, www.msudenver.edu/newsroom

 As garden parties go, this Saturday's "Summer Soiree" on the lawn at the Auraria Campus Student Success Building might have a little more to show off.  Jimi Webb from the MSU-Denver Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with a preview of the event and some tasty truffles (literally).  Audio posted below.

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