First Take with Lando and Chavis

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Weekday mornings from 6 to 9am, Carlos Lando and Steve Chavis bring you Community, Culture and Music on First Take with Lando and Chavis. A blend of music, news and community-oriented programming, tuning in to First Take is the right way to start your day. Lando's "Stories of Standards" feature examines a jazz standard or a tune from the Great American Songbook each week. Stories of composers, lyricists, performers, and songs. On Wednesdays, Steve hosts Eats and Beats, a segment related to food, restaurants, chefs and all things gastronomic. Tune in!

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11:31 am
Fri December 19, 2014

La Voz: Questa, New Mexico church revived by community


The front page story in an upcoming holiday edition of La Voz Colorado depicts a humble community church in Questa, New Mexico, near Taos.  Nearly 175 years old, St. Anthony's Church was nearly destroyed by weather and the Diocese that no longer wanted it.  La Voz writer Ernest Gurule visited First Take with the story of community and faith.

"The locals, all 1800 of them, predominantly Latino and shrinking all the time, said, 'no, we want to rebuild it,'" explained Gurule.  

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Colorado Experience
5:02 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

CO Experience: Justicia y Libertad

A new public television documentary brings Colorado's Chicano movement up to date.  Julie Speer from Rocky Mountain PBS visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to discuss the project, "Colorado Experience: Justicia y Libertad," which airs Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7:00 p.m. (MST).  Check local listings.

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4:30 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Bright by Three - the essential early start

You have to go back to the term of Colorado's "education governor" Roy Romer in the mid-1990s to find the roots of the "Bright by Three" campaign.  Updated for the social media age, explains Katharine Brenton, tips for raising smart babies belong in your pocket.

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2:49 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Ujamaa Holiday Market: local with African flair!

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In its 15th year, the Ujamaa Holiday Market provides holiday shoppers with local and imported African wares, with an African flavor.  Deborah Sims-Fard visited the "First Take" morning show with George Peck and Steve Chavis.

"Ujamaa - the fourth principle of Kwanzaa - means cooperative economics," explained Fard.  "It literally means we come together as a community ... and we recommit to building our businesses.  How we spend our dollars matters."

Book talks, music from the LC Latin Jazz Band, Miss Denver will be reading to children.

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Jazz on Film
12:11 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Jazz on Film: Tom Dowd & The Language of Music

Here’s a simple quiz. What do John Coltrane, Ray Charles, The Drifters, Bobby Darin, Aretha Franklin, Ornette Coleman, The Cream, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Lynard Skynard, Charles Mingus, the Allman Brothers, MJQ, and Otis Redding all have in common?  The answer is Tom Dowd, who engineered many of their (and others’) most important recordings. From 1948 at age 23 until the mid-70s Tom Dowd was the chief engineer for Atlantic Records and remained one of the most influential and innovative contributors to the work of popular music and sound recording until near his death in 2002.

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