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Alejandro Castaño | 30 Under 30

Drummer Alejandro Castaño - a featured artist on KUVO's latest release, Live at the Oasis Volume 11 - strives to make music happen as much as possible. A member of Annie Booth Trio and Funky Fresh Trio, Alejandro lays down beats in the tradition of drummers who have come before him. "Something so cool about music is that you have to be 100% focused, 100% in it," said Alejandro. "It's great to let go and only hear, listen and play." To celebrate 30 years on the air and invest in the future of...
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Live at KUVO: Soul Confluence | July 14

As part of the station's High School/Collegiate Series, the Soundhouse band Soul Confluence will perform live in the studio July 14 from 7 to 8 PM MT. Soundhouse bands focus on styles of music traditionally overlooked in schools, including R&B, Afro-Cuban, Funk, Pop and Soul. Focused on providing musicians from ages 10 to 18 with experience performing, recording and touring, Soundhouse also strives to build the life skills of its members. In November of 1998 while still in college, Caleb...
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In celebration of bringing jazz to Denver for 30 years, KUVO is teaming up with the Blair-Caldwell Library to create an exhibit sure to take jazz lovers down a musical memory lane!

Since its very first record dropped on August 29, 1985, KUVO 89.3 Jazz FM has proudly been offering a mix of jazz, Latino and blues. Located in a studio in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood, KUVO has established a go-to hub for musicians from around the world.

In the dirty, crowded, and impoverished immigrant barrios of Buenos Aires of 1913, a 17-year-old girl arrives with little more than some clothes and her grandfather's violin.

Her name is Leda, and she's the character at the heart of Carolina De Robertis' third novel, The Gods of Tango.

Leda, an Italian girl, was sent for by her cousin-husband, but widowed before her ship even lands in South America. She soon finds comfort and excitement in a new kind of music that's filling the city's courtyards, bars and brothels: the tango.

Denver native Daryl Gott - featured on KUVO's latest release, Live at the Oasis Vol. 11 - is working hard to bring a fresh sound to jazz. 

As a saxophonist, Daryl serves up a fresh spin on bebop through fusing classic and modern jazz influences. 


Since his emergence in the early 1990s, Christian McBride has not only become one of jazz's most in demand bassist and bandleader, McBride has become an ambassador of jazz around the world. Christian has used his success to rescue out of obscurity, his father-fellow bassist Lee Smith who although is a living legend in their home town of Philadelphia, was not known out side of the City of Brotherly Love and cheesesteaks.

Jazz Notes 7-2-2015 by Norman Provizer

Jazz on Film: Paris Blues - Art, Freedom or Love

Jul 2, 2015

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). 

Each June 21, the one-day Make Music New York festival (MMNY) celebrates not just sound but community. It's a summer solstice gathering of the tribes for music makers and music lovers alike, with more than 1200 outdoor concerts across the five boroughs running from morning till night.

The story of music in 2015 goes like this: There are endless ways to listen to endless songs. Looking for something new? There's an algorithm for that. Prefer a human touch? Podcasts, blogs, Beats 1 (maybe!), good old terrestrial radio — take your pick. Honestly, we use all these and more. Many of these songs came to us via Soundcloud or YouTube, Spotify or iTunes. Many others showed up in our inboxes and demanded attention. Some of them we'd been waiting for for years. Some were complete surprises.



What's that song?


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