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"Bluesette" | Stories of Standards

May 26, 2015
allmusic.com

Even the most casual of circumstances—two musicians, warming up for a concert—can serve as the inspiration for a great piece of art. This is the story of “Bluesette,” the jazz standard composed by Toots Thielemans, with lyrics by Norman Gimbal.

Tune in to First Take with Chavis and Lando - weekdays from 6-9 am MT - for Stories of Standards to hear our favorite versions of this song all week long!

Special guest Matthew Goldwasser shares his review of Keep On' Keepin On, an intimate documentary depicting the relationship between a blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, and his teacher,  the legendary Clark Terry. 

Shot over the course of five years, the film covers the journey of two friends confronting the toughest challenges of their lives.

Jazz on Film: An original blues feminist - "Bessie"

May 22, 2015
Frank Masi/HBO

When we first think of the blues the images that first come to mind are either the Mississippi delta men with acoustic guitars like Robert Johnson and Son House or alternately the electrified version advanced by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and urbanized in the likes of Jr. Wells and Buddy Guy among many others. However, lost in our understanding of history is the fact that in the beginning, the most famous of early blues musicians were women. They sold the most records and commanded the most attention although apart from only a few their names have largely been forgotten.

“It’s Only a Paper Moon” | Stories of Standards

May 19, 2015
performingsongwriter.com

Harold Arlen’s “It’s Only a Paper Moon” was originally titled “If You Believed in Me” and debuted in the 1932 Broadway show, The Great Magoo.

Tune in to First Take with Chavis and Lando - weekdays from 6-9 am MT - for Stories of Standards to hear our favorite versions of this song all week long!

Regional Transportation District Director for District B Barbara Deadwyler visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with a few updates on the local mass transit system, including the ubiquitous question of everyone waiting for "The Ride," "where's the bus?"

"Coming soon," Deadwyler replied.  "We're working on technology so that we can have real time information, so if something happens down the line, (riders) can put a call in and get the current information."  Deadwyler says that app should be in place by spring 2016.

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