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Dorothy Donegan

Throughout the month of March, KUVO celebrates Women’s History Month by recognizing the contributions of notable women from the past who have impacted music. We will also be spotlighting women of the present who are actively creating memorable music today.

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A brilliant virtuoso, Dorothy Donegan constantly switched between boogie-woogie, bop, stride, Art Tatum-style swing, and classical music, sometimes in the same...

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Linda Briceño & Myles Sloniker - El Sistema Colorado Fundraiser

Latin Grammy-nominee for 2014’s Best New Artist and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Linda Briceño will headline a benefit performance for El Sistema Colorado at Denver’s top jazz club, Dazzle Jazz.

El Sistema Colorado’s mission is to empower children by providing an intensive music program that teaches the importance of teamwork, promotes self-confidence and instills the value of social responsibility. It currently serves nearly 600 low-income students – kindergarten through...

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Aurora Magazine

It looked like cheese sticks, but it was dried fish tubes.  It looked like figs, but it was fish roe.  It looked like juice packets, but it was dishwashing soap.  Those and other surprises greeted Dave Perry, editor of Aurora Magazine.  He shared the joy of a recent trip to H Mart (the Asian grocery superstore at 2751 S. Parker Road).

The article "Local Taste of Asia" in the Feb. 2014 issue of Aurora Magazine.

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On Sunday, 11-year-old Michael “Mickey” Espinoza was hit and killed by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the street at Federal Boulevard and West Colfax Avenue.

Now showing at the Denver Public Library, “The Changing Image of Blacks in Comics.” Curator  William Foster III visited KUVO, where he and Steve Chavis indulged in comic geek, fan boy stories about both the history of comics, and what's happening on the comic scene today.

Professor Foster (Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, Conn.) also shared his perspective on what drives comic book publishing, science fiction and comic book movies, and what's at stake when our superheroes reflect all its readers.

Apparently, we don't know it all when it comes to diversity.   The Fifth Annual Undergraduate Diversity Conference at the C.U. Boulder campus is Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.   James F. Walker, Ph.D., Co-chair, Diversity & Student Services Committee, and the Program for Writing & Rhetoric, visited with First Take to explain how diversity is often in the eye of the beholder.

"I don't think anybody feels like we're 'there' (regarding diversity on campus)," said Dr. Walker.  "The question is how do you create a campus and a climate that is continually improving."

Carlos and Steve took a morning off from our usual Tuesday, 6:35 a.m. brain starter quiz questions by interviewing Craig Eliot, host of Colorado's statewide high school TV game show, "Matchwits" (Sundays, 6:30 p.m. on Rocky Mountain PBS).

"Their timing is unbelievable," notes Eliot.  Contestants have five seconds from the instant they fire the buzzer to answer the question or lose points.  "Yes,  they are intimidating.  The crew and I look at each other and wonder, what we were doing  when we were in school?!"

The issue is wage exploitation of low-wage, temporary and casual workers, and Centro Humanitario, a Denver-based advocacy group is working to defend worker's rights.  Marco Nuñez, executive director of "El Centro" joined First Take with an update of their efforts.

"In the construction trades, we have a contractor who severely underbids a project," said Nuñez.  "When the job is complete, the employer will only pay a portion of the wages, and in some cases, not pay anything."

www.centrohumanitario.org

Jean Luc Ponty

Feb 18, 2014

Wow, Tuesdays come around fast! And that's a good thing because it's time for the Vinyl Vault with Geoff Anderson. 

This week’s Vinyl Vault features French violinist Jean Luc Ponty and his 1989 album on Columbia, “Storytelling.” The album features intricate time signatures, virtuoso playing all around and soaring melodies. 

The Vinyl Vault, tonight at 8:30 on KUVO, 89.3 and kuvo.org.

The basic story behind drummer Rudy Royston's first album sounds like that of many sidemen in jazz. He moved to the New York area. His talent got him into bands led by higher-profile artists like Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Ben Allison and Dave Douglas. And when it came time to document his own composing and arranging, he could rely on the network he had tapped into.

All the storms in Tadd Dameron's life did not compare to his legacy as an arranger and composer.  He wrote the charts for countless jazz bands that wanted a "big" sound.  This week on "Stories of Standards," we'll take a listen to several interpretations of the swinging Dameron composition "Hot House."

Gregg and Duane Were Brothers

Feb 17, 2014

Allman, Gregg with Alan Light. My Cross to Bear. William Morrow: New York, NY. 2012. 378 pages.

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