Arts and Culture

Jazz on Film
3:05 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Jazz on Film: Stormy Weather - song and dance celebration

Credit www.moviepostershop.com

The 1943 film "Stormy Weather" is a big Hollywood musical with an all-black cast featuring many of the top entertainers of the day. It is also a snapshot into the state of Black America both inside Hollywood and in the United States. That makes this a little bit of a schizophrenic film to review.

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Jazz on Film
12:43 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Jazz on Film: A Studio Romantic, Arif Mardin

From the 1950s to the 1980s Atlantic Records turned out the freshest, most cutting edge and soulful records in Jazz, R & B, Rock and Roll, and Pop music. The brain trust of the brothers Ahmet and Neshui Ertegun along with producer Jerry Wexler and engineer Tom Dowd cranked out one classic record after another, hit after hit and made the label Atlantic synonymous with taste and class in their relationships with the artists. Arif Mardin was the fifth member of that group and is the least well-known but no less influential.

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Audio Postcard
12:42 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

First Friday on Santa Fe: an audio postcard

Credit www.denver.org

KUVO intern Ryan Mecillas put together this montage of sounds from a recent "First Friday" in Denver's popular Santa Fe Arts District.  It aired on Jazz 89 KUVO's morning show "First Take with Lando and Chavis" on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

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Performance Reviews
1:05 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Performance Review: Gov't Mule & John Scofield at Ogden Theater | Feb. 24, 2015

A jazz guy plays with a heavy rock band? That would be the superficial description of Sco-Mule. A deeper examination shows that John Scofield and Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes are twin brothers of different mothers. Each possesses a yearning, restless soul, constantly seeking new musical forms and combinations. Each is fearless behind his guitar. And each is possessed of a virtuoso talent and, seemingly, can do whatever he wants.

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Book Review
12:52 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Book Review: Santana - Pioneering Latin Rock

As I work through the autobiography of any rock guitarist, (e.g. Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, and now Carlos Santana), I speculate on the actual writing involvement of the subject.

In this memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light, journalist Ashley Kahn and tour companion/musician Hal Miller headline the “Acknowledgements” page.

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