Arts and Culture

Despite being among the greatest of American inventions, jazz has always been a hard way to make a living. Many musicians, from Sidney Bechet and Josephine Baker to Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jerry Gonzalez, have sought a better life for themselves overseas. Some left for artistic reasons, some left because they lost their Cabaret cards, often because of drug use, without which they could no longer be booked in U.S. clubs. Many black jazz musicians left at the height of the Civil Rights movement to find new homes where their race and color were not held against them.

Join KUVO for a jazz filled Saturday afternoon matinee! We will be showing the jazz cartoon Betty Boop Meets Cab Calloway, a 1970s jazz performance short featuring Donald Bryd and the Black Bryds, and the jazz documentary Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960). 

In its fourth year as a non-profit organization, the Aurora Cultural Arts District celebrates with the Aurora Arts Festival on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Fletcher Plaza, 9898 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Colo. 80010.  The District's Development Director Carolyn Bartels visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

"We have everything from Kim Robards Dance to the Fox Theatre to the Vintage Theatre, and many, many, many fine artists," said Bartels.  "The District has been growing and growing, trying to celebrate the vibrancy of the neighborhood."

A new documentary on the life of Nina Simone will be released on Netflix on June 26, 2015.  "What Happened, Miss Simone" (101 mins.) is directed by Liz Garbus.  

"Nina Simone's general narrative has inspired so many young women throughout her career and since her death (in 2003)," said Rodney Franks, host of "Into the Evening" on Jazz89 KUVO.  "She was a complicated spirit, with a lot of depth."

A ten-year dream comes to fruition this Sunday in Boulder at "Jump for Jazz," a series of free workshops, with an evening concert.   Organizer Miriam Paisner shared the story of this grassroots music education event with "First Take with Lando and Chavis."