First Take with Lando and Chavis

Weekdays, 6 to 9 AM

Start your day off right with Carlos Lando and Steve Chavis, bringing you a blend of music, news and community programming every weekday morning from 6 to 9 AM. 

Each week, Lando's Stories of Standards feature examines a different jazz standard or tune from the Great American Songbook to educate listeners on the song's history, composers and covers.

On Wednesdays, Chavis hosts Eats & Beats, a segment related to food, restaurants, chefs and all things gastronomic. 

Tune in Thursdays for Arts & Culture features. Every month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, we explore the world of Jazz on Film with special guest Matthew Goldwasser. On the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, KUVO arts maven and Rocky Mountain PBS Arts District host Carrie Saldo presents the latest in Colorado's visual and performing arts.

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In the opening lines of Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” - composed in 1932 - a haunting melody unfurls in a minor key over an inconsonant background. This discord is born from the unconventional use of a single note, intoned 35 times over the first 8 bars, which establishes a tension that carries through the entirety of the song.

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
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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.

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