Jazz Appreciation Month - Spotlight Venues & Live Jazz

Swiss tourism official and jazz fan Claude Nobs collaborated with the Ertegun brothers of Atlantic records to the produce the first Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967. Publisher Paul Acket founded the North Sea Jazz Festival in the mid-1970s with proceeds from the sale of his magazines. It was a natural step in the global advancement of jazz. Today we’re featuring the many, many recordings made at these two European jazz events. It’s Jazz Appreciation Month. Wherever you are, join us!

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KUVO Studio Club: Aaron Walker Quartet with Bjorn Thoroddsen | Apr 20

The KUVO Studio Club welcomes the Aaron Walker Quartet on Friday, April 20 at 11:15am to noon , as they perform their own Bohemian style of jazz music. The quartet comprises of Aaron Walker on lead guitar with Luke Smith on rhythm guitar, Gary Sloan on stand-up bass and Joe d'Esposito. Guitarist Bjorn Thoroddsen will be playing instead of Joe d'Esposito.

The Aaron Walker Quartet stands on the shoulders of legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt – jazz guitarist who became one...

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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.

Believe or not, there is still housing discrimination in 2014. 

  

In this interview, Christina Miranda, Fair Housing Specialist from the Denver Metro Fair Housing Center, shared the results of a recent investigation, "Access Denied: A Report on Rental Housing Discrimination in the Denver Metro Area."  

The DMFHC documented discrimination against Latinos (91 percent of the time) and African-Americans (67%), and also against people with children (73%).  Offenders can face federal lawsuits.  

KUVO's film commentary "Jazz on Film" highlights the 2004 Murray Lerner documentary "Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue."  Matthew Goldwasser breaks the voodoo down with Carlos and Steve Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8:35 a.m. on First Take!

Written for Broadway by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner, On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) is featured this week on "Stories of Standards." The great American songbook jazz interpretations of the song continues to be explored on First Take with Lando and Chavis! The musical with music by Lane and a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner based loosely on Berkeley Square (written in 1929 by John L. Balderson) concerns a woman who has ESP and has been reincarnated. 

Some of the song lyrics:

DSA Jazz Workshop Orchestra

Feb 7, 2014

Tune in to KUVO/KVJZ on Tuesday, February 18 at 7pm when Geoff Anderson welcomes the Denver School of the Arts Jazz Workshop Orchestra to the Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio. The band is performing as part of KUVO's High School/Collegiate Series. Eighteen DSA students, led by Director of Bands Dave Hammond, will take the stage for an hour.

Jazz Hall of Fame: You get to Vote!

Feb 7, 2014

Tune in Tuesday for Seton Hawkins from Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.  He'll join First Take with the details on how to vote in the next JALC  Jazz Hall of Fame.     

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