Duke Ellington

"In A Mellow Tone" | Stories of Standards

Sep 12, 2016

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

There’s no reference to Christmas or Santa, but “Cabin in the Sky” is full of heavenly imagery and the spiritual struggles within a man.  In the seasonal tug between materialism and morality, I find it the perfect holiday film.

Little Joe Jackson has money problems, gambling with some dangerous gangsters… and he has woman problems too.  But after taking a bullet at a nightclub, Joe has some business to do with the Almighty.  As he lays at the brink of death, which way will he go - the redemptive path of righteousness and salvation, or the drinking and womanizing of his past?

Taking a Bite Out of Crime Jazz: "Anatomy of a Murder"

Oct 17, 2014

Jazz has found its way into Hollywood films since the early days of cinema. Big band and swing arrangements fit perfectly with the popularity of musicals, large productions and glamour that were ever-present in the films of the 1930s and 40s. However, by the time the 1950s rolled around a different kind of jazz was capturing the imagination in the country. The popularity of Bebop and Hard Bop and the birth of Cool and West Coast jazz gave filmmakers a totally different set of musical colors and textures to evoke a sense of cool, of grit, and even at times a sense of menace.

"When jazz and baseball were perfect"

Apr 4, 2014
Charlotte Brooks, LOOK magazine / Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

Batter up! It's Opening Day in Denver - a perfect time for this fascinating article from Smithsonian magazine. It highlights the similarities between baseball and jazz - they both involve swing - and the importance of baseball to many of the touring jazz bands. We recommend the entire article, which can be found here

Duke Ellington Orchestra  The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse  Fantasy RecordsApril is an important month for public radio music stations and jazz as it is "Public Radio Music Month" and "Jazz Appreciation Month". In commemoration of these dual events, jazz89KUVO launched its own creation, "Around The World In April" taking listeners to different destinations on the globe every day to spotlight the artists and music recorded at each daily location. Moreover, we included fun facts of the region covering history, culture, festivals and cuisine.