Steve Chavis

Co-Host, First Take with Lando and Chavis and Public Affairs Manager

Steve Chavis is co-host for KUVO/KVJZ's morning program, First Take with Lando and Chavis, as well as being Public Affairs Manager for the award-winning Jazz format radio station in Denver. Steve began in public radio as an intern in Detroit. He served in the early days of KGNU in Boulder, too. Along the way he was news director for KBCO, KHOW and KHIH, and spent a dozen years directing communications for an international non-profit organization in Denver. 
In addition to rising early to get First Take started at 6:00 a.m., Steve is currently producing a documentary film in Detroit.
Steve and his bride Theonita have been married for 32 years. They are the parents of two sons, two daughters, a son-in-law and grand-humans to their German shepherd mix “Bella.”

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Arts and Culture
12:36 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

20 years of Vail Jazz - a year round effort

Earlier this summer, Poncho Sanchez got people dancing at Vail Square.
Credit Charles Townsend Bessent

Fifty world class jazz artists and 12 of the best high school players in the nation make up the Vail Jazz Party, in its 20th year this Labor Day weekend.  But the party is only the culmination of a year round effort, says Robin Litt, executive director of the Vail Jazz Foundation.

"We're a 12-week long festival, and I'm not sure there are many like that," said Litt, who's justifiably proud of the 45 performances they put together.  But wait - there's more.

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Jazz Education
10:02 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Vail Jazz Workshop - 12 of the best HS players in U.S.

Some of the reed and brass players in the Vail Jazz Workshop 2013 class.
Credit Justin McCarty / www.VailDaily.com

Only 12 slots exist at the annual Vail Jazz Workshop.  For this year's class, a committee had to pare down a record number of applicants - 130 of them -  so that Workshop director / bassist John Clayton and his faculty could select the finalists.  Clayton visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to talk about his own jazz education and the climate at this year's 10-day jazz intensive.

"These are 12 of the top high school players in the nation," said Clayton.  "It blows our mind how much vocabulary and insight they have at such a young age."  

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Eats & Beats
12:31 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Eats & Beats: Welton St. Cafe - soul food!

Five stars on Google!  Four out of five stars on Yelp.com.  Five stars out of five on UrbanSpoon.com.  The Dickerson family has run the Welton Street Cafe (2736 Welton St., Denver, 80205) for most of Fathima Dickerson's 27 years.  She visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to tell a few stories from their acclaimed family soul food restaurant.

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News
12:31 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Telling the Health Equity Story: Laura Frank, news exec.

Is health care a right? Or is health care a limited resource primarily for those who can afford it?  And how is the story of "health equity" told through America's news media?   Rocky Mountain PBS vice president of News Laura Frank is on a luncheon panel on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 addressing these questions, hosted by The Colorado Trust.

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Live Jazz
12:23 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Jazz on 2nd Ave. in Niwot: food, wine, music = community

Credit www.chicagoreader.com

Among the top outdoor jazz hangouts of the summer is "Jazz on 2nd Avenue," in the tiny, tucked-away town of Niwot, Colorado, halfway between Boulder and Longmont along Highway 119.  Local restaurateur and jazz enthusiast Howard Treppeda visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to introduce us to Niwot and the top jazz talent he's attracted.

"It brings the community together," said Treppeda, who's produced the event for four years.   "You have food and wine, and when you bring music into play, that really equals community."

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