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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Arts and Culture
2:50 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Paul Robeson Goes on Singing: Aurora debut on stage

Paul Robeson. Artist, scholar, lawyer, linguist, humanist, revolutionary, Phi Beta Kappa, All-American - Rutgers Univ. 1919.  All that and more are played out on stage this weekend and next in the Aurora debut production of "I Go On Singing - Paul Robeson's Life in His Words & Songs," starring Anthony Brown.

Brown visited First Take with his impressions of the life and legacy of Paul Robeson, Brown says, "spoke up for, and identified with the common man."

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Jazz on Film
1:58 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Johnny Mandel: pre-eminent jazz composer for film

Johnny Mandel is one of the rarest of musicians who could write and arrange for almost any setting or purpose; 35 film scores, TV (movies and show themes), Broadway, big band, combo, vocalist. His credits include Woody Herman, Count Basie, Sinatra, Mae West, Michael Jackson, Shirley Horn and Diane Krall.   (We like the online biography at www.ascap.com, on the occasion of Mandel winning the 1997 ASCAP Mancini Award.)

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Arts and Culture
2:35 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Sundays with Sullivan - a cultural force

Ed Sullivan never stopped writing his column for the N.Y. Daily News, but his transition to "showman" treated the nation to an unmatched cultural panoply.  On "First Take with Lando and Chavis," Sullivan's press agent (1963 - 1971) Bernie Ilson tells the story behind Sullivan's genius in the book Sundays with Sullivan - How the Ed Sullivan Show brought Elvis, The Beatles and Culture to America, now in paperback.

   

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News
2:06 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Mayor: fed, city meet Welton St. challenge, $475k in grants

The future of Denver's Welton Street Corridor is beginning to take shape with the winners of the Welton Design/Development Challenge announced last week.  Grants from $50,000 to $150,000 to five development plans hope to spark a major facelift and revival to one of the city's historic neighborhoods. The audio feature includes remarks from the deputy regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Daniel Gomez, Jr.

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Arts and Culture
3:22 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Cleo on Cleo: new works, and Cleo dances!

Cleo Parker Robinson takes to the stage herself this weekend (and next) in her company's 4th annual winter production "Cleo on Cleo."  Seasoned members of the company will dance newly choreographed pieces, and the youngest dancers will re-interpret her repertory works.

"I'll be dancing 'Motherless Child' with (singers) Arthur Jones and LaTanya Hutchins from the Spirituals Project ," exclaimed Denver's world famous dance diva.  "There are a lot of men dancing too, and I love that."  A new piece will honor Nelson Mandela, including music from John Coltrane and Art Blakey.

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