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Jazz Appreciation Month
8:42 am
Sat April 18, 2015

"Lush Life" | Listener Picks, April 18

Billy Strayhorn
Credit philajazzproject.org

Billy Strayhorn began to compose “Lush Life” when he was 16 years old, and continued to perfect the song over the course of five years.

Tune in today as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with some of this compositions most notable covers!

In 1938, Strayhorn performed for Duke Ellington, and some accounts say that his performance of “Lush Life” and “Something to Live For” convinced Ellington to hire Strayhorn.

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Arts and Culture
2:19 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Colorado jazz festival season kicks off in Greeley

Credit www.UNCJazzFest.com

Colorado's jazz festival season kicks off this weekend in Greeley.   Dana Landry, area head for Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado visited First Take to preview the 45th annual UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival.

"We are lucky to get what I view as some of the best artists in the world right here in Greeley, Colorado," said Landry.  Headliners include vocalist Deborah Brown, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (from the Village Vanguard in NYC), saxophonists Chris Potter and Bobby Watson and others.

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Jazz Appreciation Month
10:41 am
Fri April 17, 2015

"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" | Listener Picks, April 17

Joe Zawinul
Credit allaboutjazz.com

Joe Zawinul wrote “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” for Julian “Cannonball” Adderley’s 1966 album Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at “The Club.”  The tune quickly became Zawinul’s first hit, reaching #2 on the Soul charts and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Tune in today as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with some of this compositions most notable covers!

Legend has it that the electric piano Zawinul used to record “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” was previously used by Ray Charles.

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Jazz on Film
9:52 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Jazz on Film: Charles Lloyd's Transcendent Moments

“The best music causes molecular changes in the atmosphere around the players and their audience. Once you hear the music you are never the same. We go out somewhere and we don’t come back the same.”  -- Charles Lloyd

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Music
11:33 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes for April 16th

Jazz Notes 4-16-2015   By Norman Provizer

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