100 Years Of Billy Strayhorn, Emotional Architect Of Song

In 1964, near the end of his career, Billy Strayhorn accompanied himself on a live recording of one of his best-known songs. It starts:I used to visit all the very gay placesThose come-what-may placesWhere one relaxes on the axis of the wheel of lifeTo get the feel of lifeFrom jazz and cocktails ...When Strayhorn wrote "Lush Life" in 1936, he could only dream of the Paris nightlife described in the lyrics. He was a 20-year-old living in the poorest neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He had already...
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Live at KUVO: Young Musicians Perform Live for Colorado Gives Day | Dec. 8

Join others across the state in giving on Colorado Gives Day (December 8) - a 24-hour period dedicated to supporting nonprofits statewide - and support young musicians with a gift to KUVO. You don't have to wait until December 8, schedule your tax-deductible Colorado Gives Day gift now and don't forget to select KUVO from the drop-down menu (see screenshot below). Your support ensures that KUVO can continue our High School/Collegiate Series in-studio performances and work to connect young...
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"Well, You Needn’t" | Stories of Standards

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"Well, You Needn’t" was written in 1944 by Thelonious Monk. According to biographer Robin Kelley, Monk was inspired by singer Charlie Beamon, who, when told the song would be named for him, replied “Well, you need not” or words to that effect.

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

morrisonhotelgallery.com; info and text from wikipedia.org

Join us in starting the celebration of Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday a little early! You'll hear Sinatra's classic tunes as well as notable covers all day long.  

Consider making an end of year gift to receive a special Sinatra premium - the perfect holiday gift for yourself or fellow Sinatra fan!

Ultimate Sinatra 4-CD Box Set | $240 or $20/month


Night Beat host Geoff Anderson shares a review of Eliane Elias's second set at DazzleJazz on November 19, 2015.


Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet  follows a the journey of a 15-year-old experiencing mysterious dreams and gender confusion.

One of The Brother/Sister Plays, a three-part series, this play stands on its own as a seductive coming of age tale.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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The First Take crew investigates one of the most traditional Thanksgiving sides - green bean casserole - with help from an  NPR special.

This Midwestern-rooted dish - infamous for how people either tend to love or hate it - turns 60 this year.

Hear the full story above.

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, Rocky Mountain PBS News

Changes to the GED exam in 2014 made the test more rigorous, resulting in plummeting pass rates. This has caused some to seek out GED alternatives, like the HiSET offered in Wyoming.

Rocky Mountain PBS News reporter Anna Boiko-Weyrach followed teen moms along their journey to gain high school accreditation and dove into how others across the state, like these women, have been impacted by the GED's revamp.

“Out of Nowhere” | Stories of Standards

Nov 24, 2015

“Out of Nowhere” - composed by Johnny Green with lyrics by Edward Heyman - was released in 1931, as people were beginning to realize that the depression would not be lifting anytime soon.

The song holds on to the possibility of a bright future, with love coming “out of nowhere” but potential for an equally mysterious vanishing back into nowhere.

Written in G major with an A – B1 – A – B2 progression, “Out of Nowhere” easily engages listeners.

Linda Caffey

As we begin the last month of the Fall, it pleases me to have selected a swingin’ jazz orchestra whose players are amongst the best musicians, and in some cases, educators the Front Range has to offer.

The composer, arranger and conductor of this aggregation is the award winning, and educator David Caffey who is now a resident of Greely.

There are so many components to the Thanksgiving meal that the best strategy is to choose wines that are versatile enough to go with a myriad of dishes. 

The Mas de Daumas Gassac Frizante is a perfect example - it paired amazingly well with all the different Haystack Mountain Cheese featured on our food and wine pairing segment.  Some of the cheese was aged, some fresh and young and another, very smokey and bacon like.  The wine was a delight with them all.  

allaboutjazz.com; info & text from dazzlejazz.ticketfly.com

Tenor saxophonist Houston Person will perform at DazzleJazz November 28 at 7 and 9 PM

Person will be joined by Jeff Jenkins on piano, Ken Walker on bass, and Paul Romaine on drums.

Person - a jazz working class hero and a true man of the people - was born in Newberry, South Carolina in 1934.



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