First Take with Lando and Chavis

Credit MaryLynn Gillaspie

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
12:36 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

20 years of Vail Jazz - a year round effort

Earlier this summer, Poncho Sanchez got people dancing at Vail Square.
Credit Charles Townsend Bessent

Fifty world class jazz artists and 12 of the best high school players in the nation make up the Vail Jazz Party, in its 20th year this Labor Day weekend.  But the party is only the culmination of a year round effort, says Robin Litt, executive director of the Vail Jazz Foundation.

"We're a 12-week long festival, and I'm not sure there are many like that," said Litt, who's justifiably proud of the 45 performances they put together.  But wait - there's more.

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Jazz Education
10:02 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Vail Jazz Workshop - 12 of the best HS players in U.S.

Some of the reed and brass players in the Vail Jazz Workshop 2013 class.
Credit Justin McCarty / www.VailDaily.com

Only 12 slots exist at the annual Vail Jazz Workshop.  For this year's class, a committee had to pare down a record number of applicants - 130 of them -  so that Workshop director / bassist John Clayton and his faculty could select the finalists.  Clayton visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to talk about his own jazz education and the climate at this year's 10-day jazz intensive.

"These are 12 of the top high school players in the nation," said Clayton.  "It blows our mind how much vocabulary and insight they have at such a young age."  

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Eats & Beats
12:31 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Eats & Beats: Welton St. Cafe - soul food!

Five stars on Google!  Four out of five stars on Yelp.com.  Five stars out of five on UrbanSpoon.com.  The Dickerson family has run the Welton Street Cafe (2736 Welton St., Denver, 80205) for most of Fathima Dickerson's 27 years.  She visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to tell a few stories from their acclaimed family soul food restaurant.

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Arts District
11:12 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Arts District: Oscar winner Steve McQueen on 'Truth' in Art

Director Steve McQueen at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass
Credit Emily Chaplin / C2 Photography

  More than the sum of his film work – most notably the critically acclaimed Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years A Slave – the British-born Steve McQueen is also a distinguished visual artist. His works include sculpture, photography and video art.

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News
12:31 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Telling the Health Equity Story: Laura Frank, news exec.

Is health care a right? Or is health care a limited resource primarily for those who can afford it?  And how is the story of "health equity" told through America's news media?   Rocky Mountain PBS vice president of News Laura Frank is on a luncheon panel on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 addressing these questions, hosted by The Colorado Trust.

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