First Take with Lando and Chavis

Weekdays, 6 to 9 AM

Start your day off right with Carlos Lando and Steve Chavis, bringing you a blend of music, news and community programming every weekday morning from 6 to 9 AM. 

Each week, Lando's Stories of Standards feature examines a different jazz standard or tune from the Great American Songbook to educate listeners on the song's history, composers and covers.

On Wednesdays, Chavis hosts Eats & Beats, a segment related to food, restaurants, chefs and all things gastronomic. 

Tune in Thursdays for Arts & Culture features. Every month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, we explore the world of Jazz on Film with special guest Matthew Goldwasser. On the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, KUVO arts maven and Rocky Mountain PBS Arts District host Carrie Saldo presents the latest in Colorado's visual and performing arts.


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“Cottontail" | Stories of Standards

Oct 5, 2015; info from

In 1940, just as the stage was setting for the Second World War, Duke Ellington returned to the United States after a successful tour of Europe. Upon his return, he penned “Cottontail” and recorded it with his band on May 4, 1940.

I Like It Like That: Favreau's "Chef" offers food, music, heart

Oct 1, 2015

As the film opens, the Wild Magnolias’ version of "Iko Iko/Brother John" is slowly pumping up the volume while the camera zooms in on close-ups of a chef’s hands expertly dicing up fennel fronds, zesting lemons, seasoning pots, and slicing up juicy fruit sections.  It’s mouth watering and it’s funky and you know something tasty is getting ready to happen in “Chef” (2014).

“Autumn Leaves” | Stories of Standards

Sep 28, 2015; info from

“Autumn Leaves,” composed by Joseph Kosma and featuring lyrics by the French poet, Jacques Prevert, debuted as “Les Feuilles Mortes.” Yves Montand performed the song in the 1946 poetic realism film, Les Portes de la Nuit, a dark drama set in post-World War II Paris.

When did you last witness a total, super moon, blood red lunar eclipse in the early evening? If you cannot recall a specific time, do not feel lonely. For many, this alignment of rare occurrences will only happen once in a lifetime.

The Beer Bible

Sep 23, 2015

It's official, and just in time for the Great American Beer Festival.  Portland-based writer Jeff Alworth has written "The Beer Bible" (2015, Workman Publishing, 644 pages).  In Denver for the Great American Beer Festival, Alworth visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis."