On Stage: The U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note with Nnenna Freelon | May 27

This Sunday, May 27, at 4 p.m., KUVO’s performance series “On Stage” features the United States Air Force Airmen of Note with featured vocalist Nnenna Freelon, recorded in 2017 in Alexandria, Va.

With multiple Grammy nominations and 12 recordings under her own name, Freelon’s voice work is just part of her creative breadth. She’s acted on stage and screen, and has produced her own musical theater work, “The Clothesline Muse.” The U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note carry on the...

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Dana Landry Trio | May 30

Performing, recording, and touring together for over 15 years, the Dana Landry Trio has appeared throughout the U.S. and in Asia and Europe, and their debut recording Memphis Skyline (Artist Alliance Records) reached the Top 40 on the Jazz Week radio airplay chart. In addition to working as a standalone trio, the group has performed with some of the most prominent names in jazz including Eddie Daniels, Ingrid Jensen, George Garzone, Jaleel Shaw, Dave Pietro, Bob Sheppard, Clay Jenkins, and...

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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.

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.  

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