Jazz has found its way into Hollywood films since the early days of cinema. Big band and swing arrangements fit perfectly with the popularity of musicals, large productions and glamour that were ever-present in the films of the 1930s and 40s. However, by the time the 1950s rolled around a different kind of jazz was capturing the imagination in the country. The popularity of Bebop and Hard Bop and the birth of Cool and West Coast jazz gave filmmakers a totally different set of musical colors and textures to evoke a sense of cool, of grit, and even at times a sense of menace.
KUVO Radio's flagship weekend program "Cancion Mexicana," heard on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., has among its roster of hosts two new members of Su Teatro's Chicano Music Hall of Fame, Debra Gallegos and Yolanda Ortega. The hosts / singers / actors / activists joined Carlos and Steve on "First Take" to review their careers (so far).
"How many of us get to be the hero among our peers," said Ortega, who has been singing and acting with Debra Gallegos for 40 years.
The inaugural CineLatino Film Festival in Denver features a four-day cultural celebration of Latino Cinema. With 12 titles showing September 25 - 28, 2014, the festival offers a mix of feature and documentary films, along with new and repertory titles. Festival director Ernie Quiroz visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to preview the screenings.