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Vail Jazz Party | Sept. 3-7

The grand finale of both the Vail Jazz Festival and the summer season, the Vail Jazz Party features a jam-packed lineup September 3 through 7. Don't forget to stop by the KUVO table and pick up some free swag! With more than 35 headliners, attendees enjoy group performances, multi-artist jam sessions, and inspiring multimedia tributes to jazz legends. See the full schedule here. Vail Jazz Party 2015 will feature a House Band with John Clayton, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Bill Cunliffe,...
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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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A Taste of Colorado | Sept. 4-7

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A Denver native, saxophonist Matt Burchard is an award-winning alum of University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. Matt also holds a masters in jazz studies from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

Matt became playing the saxophone at 13. 

NREL helps federal buildings get solar makeovers

Sep 1, 2015

With zero congressional wrangling, President Obama sent down Executive Order 13693, dubbed “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade,” which mandates that federal agencies get at least 30 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by the year 2025.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. has the task of guiding building supervisors toward that goal.  Andy Walker, Ph.D., Principal Engineer with NREL’s Integrated Applications Center, joined “First Take with Lando and Chavis” to talk about the massive, fast track program.

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

Aug 31, 2015

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. 

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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.

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.



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