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Jason Moran at Baur's Listening Lounge | June 14

Jason Moran - hailed as the "future of jazz" - will perform at Baur's Listening Lounge June 14. Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the late 90s, jazz pianist Jason Moran has established himself as a risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz as a whole. Currently serving as Jazz Director of the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Moran challenges the status quo in improvisation, composition, group concept, repertoire, technique and experimentation. Leveraging the...
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WATCH NOW: Kamasi Washington's 'The Epic' In Concert

This week's Jazz Night In America featured Kamasi Washington and the music of his latest project, The Epic, in full glory at its release party. Saxophonist and composer Washington, 34, worked on releasing his three-CD, nearly three-hour, choir-and-strings-assisted album The Epic for the better part of five years. Tune in to KUVO Saturday at 10 pm MT to hear the show rebroadcast!
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Madeleine Peyroux On Song Travels

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Vocalist Madeleine Peyroux started out busking on the streets of Paris, but went on to gain international acclaim for her versions of beloved folk tunes and jazz standards. Her 2013 album, The Blue Room, honors the legacy of artists such as Ray Charles and Leonard Cohen with interpretations of their songs.

For about as long as there have been humans, it seems there have been tattoos.

Ötzi the Iceman, the 5,000-year-old mummy discovered in the Alps in 1991, had 61 tattoos covering his body. And a quick look around the local coffee shop reveals they're just about as popular today. By one estimate, about a quarter of U.S. adults have at least one tattoo.

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If you were in New York this weekend, you get a taste of home by swinging by Jazz at Lincoln Center where guitarist Bill Frisell is offering “Up and Down the Mississippi Traveling Highway 61.”

Frisell, who was born in Baltimore, grew up in Denver where he switched from clarinet to guitar and learned about jazz from his teacher, guitarist Dale Bruning. But beyond that, the band traveling Highway 61 with Frisell includes Denver-based cornetist and trumpeter Ron Miles who heads the Jazz and American Improvised Music program at MSU Denver.

Are Black Voters Ready For Hillary Clinton?

May 28, 2015

Hillary Clinton will need black voters if she wants to win the Democratic nomination and the presidency next year. But African American voters were a major reason she lost the early nominating state of South Carolina to Barack Obama by nearly 30 points in 2008.

She's trying to make up for it this time around.

If the book is dead, nobody bothered to tell the folks at Capitol Hill Books in Washington, D.C. Books of every size, shape and genre occupy each square inch of the converted row house — including the bathroom — all arranged in an order discernible only to the mind of Jim Toole, the store's endearingly grouchy owner.

Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center

Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center presents “Chicanos Sing the Blues” - a returning audience favorite exploring the connection between Chicano music and Rhythm and Blues.

Featuring more than 30 songs, the play moves easily between corridos, boleros, huapangos, oldies and heart-wrenching blues. While maintaining a strong connection to the legends and roots of Chicano music, “Chicanos Sing the Blues” explores the influence of African-American interactions on Chicano culture.

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This week's Jazz Night In America features Kamasi Washington and the music of his latest project, The Epic, in full glory at its release party.

From the Regent Theater in Downtown L.A., Washington brings his new album to life with the help of his working band, a choir, string section and plenty of special guests.

A Look Back: Miles Davis Quintet Pushes Boundaries of "Gingerbread Boy"

May 26, 2015
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"Gingerbread Boy" - a fetching blues head by Jimmy Heath - became a jazz standard almost immediately after it was first recorded.

Usually, its melody is played in call-and-response: the horns play a line, the piano or guitar replies with a specific riff, repeat.

"Bluesette" | Stories of Standards

May 26, 2015
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Even the most casual of circumstances—two musicians, warming up for a concert—can serve as the inspiration for a great piece of art. This is the story of “Bluesette,” the jazz standard composed by Toots Thielemans, with lyrics by Norman Gimbal.

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

Sometimes even the most delicious entree can be improved by adding another ingredient. For years the Montgomery-Hermann ensemble has been entertaining audiences along the Front Range as well as in other destinations around the world, their On the Brink recording was well received and garnered numerous spins both here in Colorado and nationally.

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