Amy Darling | 30 Under 30

Trumpeter Amy Darling - featured on KUVO's latest release, Live at the Oasis Volume 11 - first became interested in jazz as a senior in high school after deciding she wanted to learn how to improvise. An alumna of Denver School of the Arts and the University of Denver, Amy is currently a composer and bandleader striving to create honest music. "The best music that I listen to, I consider to be transparent: you can really read the person through the music," Amy said. "I want to be able to...
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Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles at Baur's | Sept. 1

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Vail Jazz Party | Sept. 3-7

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High School/Collegiate Series: East High School Jazz Combo | Sept. 8

Tune in on September 8 at 7 PM to hear a High School/Collegiate Series performance by East High School’s 6th Hour Jazz Combo. This pre-recorded concert from the Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio features 14 students under the direction of saxophonist Keith Oxman. Line-up: CLARINET: Jacob Joram TRUMPET: Amanda Nettles, Aubrey Vial ALTO SAXOPHONE: Alex Kastrul TROMBONE: Collin Metscher, Tom Jackson ELECTRIC GUITAR: Luke Bednarek, Nate Koch BASS: Graham McLagan, Joey Pearlman PIANO: Ashia...
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In the Studio: Interview w/ Lisa Downing | Sept. 3

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A Taste of Colorado | Sept. 4-7

"Gee, Baby Ain't I Good To You" | Stories of Standards

15 hours ago

Don Redman composed, “Gee, Baby Ain’t I Good To You” as the roaring twenties drew to a close. 

The first recording, featuring McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, was produced in 1929—just one week after the stock market crash that marked the beginning of the Great Depression.

Andy Razaf’s lyrics reflect the consumer-driven culture of the time, using expensive presents to illustrate the depth of the narrator’s sentiments.

Here's a duo that's at the foundation of music itself, but which isn't always noticed: the musical interplay between the bass and the drum.


Join the First Take crew each Thursday at 8:35 a.m. as they talk about Colorado’s cultural scene with Arts District host Carrie Saldo. Below is the summary from August 27, 2015. 

What's a Record?

OKeh Records

Dee Dee Bridgewater’s amazing résumé is a testimony to her talent and joie de vivre. Much more than just one of the greatest vocalists of all-time, Ms. Bridgewater has been awarded a Tony® for Best Featured Actress in the musical, The Wiz, and was nominated for the UK equivalent, the Laurence Olivier Award.

Since 1999, Bridgewater has served as the Ambassador to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club

What happens when iconic and historical jazz recordings inspire a chef and sommelier? Renditions, a constantly changing and interactive 5-course dinner where the art of gastronomy and music collide!

Camilla Vaitaitis | 30 Under 30

Aug 25, 2015

Growing up with a saxophone and oboe playing, band director father, Camilla was always surrounded by music.

At four years old, she requested to take piano lessons and never looked back.

"Confirmation” | Stories of Standards

Aug 25, 2015
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Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation” is a notoriously complex composition, comprising a favorite testing ground and audition piece for jazz saxophone players.

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!

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Joe Sorcic first picked up drum sticks at the age of 12 after receiving a drum set as a Christmas gift from his mother.

"The first time I knew music was very important was when I had this feeling from the music, when it hit me hard emotionally," Joe said. 


While the large-scale Jazz at the Vineyards event celebrating KUVO’s 30 years on the air is over, the birthday party continues. At the Blair-Caldwell Library, 2401 Welton, for example, an exhibit marking KUVO’s three decades of bringing jazz to the community is on display through September 9. Also at the Blair-Caldwell Library, KUVO’s jazz film series is back on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. a free event. The feature this time around is Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense.



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