Live at KUVO: Mimi Jones | June 6

Mimi Jones - a multi-talented bassist, vocalist and composer - will perform live at KUVO June 6 from 3 to 4 PM. All Studio Club Members are invited to attend this performance! Reserve a seat for you and a guest by contacting Arvida at Arvida@KUVO.org. Not a Studio Club Member? Learn how you can join the fun here! Known for her elegant sound, Jones offers an electric mix of genres. Based on a strong jazz foundation, Jones's music serves up funky bass grooves and world beat rhythms. Jones has...
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Kamasi Washington Reveals Album After Years of Work

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. Saxophonist and composer Washington, 34, has been working on releasing his three-CD, nearly three-hour, choir-and-strings-assisted album The Epic for the better part of five years...
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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.

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.

We conclude what has been a history making month of May here in Denver, a cloudy history we wish never to see again.

Special guest Matthew Goldwasser shares his review of Keep On' Keepin On, an intimate documentary depicting the relationship between a blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, and his teacher,  the legendary Clark Terry. 

Shot over the course of five years, the film covers the journey of two friends confronting the toughest challenges of their lives.

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Trent Brotherton of Walter's Pizzeria shared the recipe for the restaurants new pie, the Blue B.O.M.B.

Re-create it at home using your favorite pizza dough recipe or pre-made crust. Top the pie with marinara sauce, mozzarella, blue cheese crumbles, fresh basil, caramelized onions, homemade meatballs and bacon - and you've got yourself a Blue B.O.M.B.!

Book Review: Early Mud

May 22, 2015
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A feature of this year’s Chicago Blues Festival will be a night of musical tribute in Grant Park to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, two great Chicago bluesmen.

For background information on Muddy I refer you to the biography written by Robert Gordon, Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters. Muddy’s life is a fantastic tale of adaptation to changing life conditions. Below is an introduction.

Jazz on Film: An original blues feminist - "Bessie"

May 22, 2015
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When we first think of the blues the images that first come to mind are either the Mississippi delta men with acoustic guitars like Robert Johnson and Son House or alternately the electrified version advanced by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and urbanized in the likes of Jr. Wells and Buddy Guy among many others. However, lost in our understanding of history is the fact that in the beginning, the most famous of early blues musicians were women. They sold the most records and commanded the most attention although apart from only a few their names have largely been forgotten.

Voters in Ireland are deciding whether the country will amend its constitution to make same-sex marriage legal.

The vote on Friday follows months of debate in the heavily Catholic country. Opinion polls suggest the referendum will pass and Ireland will become the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in a national vote.

But, as NPR's Ari Shapiro points out, "Polls in this part of the world have been totally wrong in the past.

Heroin, today, is killing more and more people in rural America.

One Mexican cartel has seeded low-cost heroin around rural towns in the Southwest and Midwest, selling it cheap and easy, almost like pizza.

Madison, Neb. — population 2,500 — is just a speck of a town, a two-hour drive from the big-city bustle of Omaha. But it's not far enough away to avoid the growing impact of heroin.

"The world's gotten smaller," says Police Chief Rod Waterbury. "If drugs can make it to Chicago, they can make it here."

Rob Burnett started working with David Letterman as an intern in 1985 and never left, even when the talk-show host moved from NBC to CBS. During the course of his 29-year tenure, Burnett evolved from intern to head writer to executive producer of the Late Show with David Letterman, a position he held through last night's final show.

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