The Messers, information and text from themessers.org

The Messers at City Park Jazz | July 5

The Messers are bringing their eminent groove and soul-saturated sound to City Park Jazz July 5. Don't forget to stop by and say hi at the KUVO booth - and pick up some free swag! The Messers - formed in 2011 - get down, first and foremost. Behind the ability to drop a wickedly addictive groove is an orchestration that reveals incessant hours in the woodshed. There’s serious work behind all the fun. Up front is Kate Calhoun, a talented vocalist with a honey smooth tone and precise pitch. From...
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Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse; Information and text from ccsoundhouse.com

Live at KUVO: Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse Band | July 14

As part of the station's High School/Collegiate Series, a Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse band will perform live in the studio July 14 from 7 to 8 PM MT. Caleb Chapman’s 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...
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wichitaorpheum.com; text and information from breckenridgemusicfestival.com

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis | July 5

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.

B.K. Kahn

Boulder native B.K. Kahn began drumming, singing, and performing jazz standards in elementary school. At a young age, B.K.'s father introduced him to The Great American Songbook - which continues to profoundly influence B.K.'s music.  

Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Rdio, Rhapsody, Pandora — the list of streaming music service goes on and on. On Tuesday, Apple joins that lineup with the launch of its streaming service, Apple Music. Apple will give consumers a three-month trial, and then it will charge $9.99 a month.

But most music lovers still aren't sure why they should pay. Colin Barrett, 31, has tried a few of the streaming services, but he doesn't use them anymore.

We'll call it in the air: 2015 is going to end up being a great year for music. The albums that have impressed us the most over the year's first six months are a varied lot. There's enormous ambition on display here, epic works crafted to bust boundaries or reshape at will (check out that three-hour debut album), but also intensity in small gestures: a pair of devastating albums about loss, two more anchored in the sounds of sisterly harmonies. As we reach the year's mid-point, take a moment to listen with us, ears wide open to a great six months of music.

bobjames.com

The veteran, versatile pianist of note Bob James releases an in the pocket live quartet performance recorded on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.  On LIVE at Milliken Auditorium Bob is joined by guitarist Perry Hughes, Nathaniel Phillips-bass and the drummer Clarence Penn. The Angeleno pianist of Nicaraguan descent Donald Vega's newest is a tribute to one of his piano heroes, Monty Alexander.

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Jazz Notes 6-25-2015 by Norman Provizer           

A new documentary on the life of Nina Simone will be released on Netflix on June 26, 2015.  "What Happened, Miss Simone" (101 mins.) is directed by Liz Garbus.  

"Nina Simone's general narrative has inspired so many young women throughout her career and since her death (in 2003)," said Rodney Franks, host of "Into the Evening" on Jazz89 KUVO.  "She was a complicated spirit, with a lot of depth."

A ten-year dream comes to fruition this Sunday in Boulder at "Jump for Jazz," a series of free workshops, with an evening concert.   Organizer Miriam Paisner shared the story of this grassroots music education event with "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

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