Geoff Anderson

Host, Tuesday's Night Beat and Substitute Host, All Blues

Geoff Anderson has been a KUVO volunteer for more than 25 years. For almost all that time, he has been on the air Tuesday evenings as the host of The Night Beat with Geoff Anderson. Geoff also regularly fills in as the host for All Blues.

Geoff started in public radio in 1976 at KCSU in Fort Collins. After taking a break from radio to attend law school and start a legal career, Geoff dove back into jazz radio by volunteering at KUVO in 1988 as the station was just starting out.

Geoff is a fan of many types of music and attends concerts around town on a regular basis. He show reviews appear on KUVO's website as well as All About Jazz. Being a music junkie and working in radio during the '70s resulted in Geoff amassing an extensive record collection that he has kept intact to this day.

During his weekly feature, "The Vinyl Vault," on-air every Tuesday at 8:30 PM, Geoff shares a record from his collection that isn't in the KUVO library.

In his spare time, Geoff is a real estate attorney at Sweetbaum, Levin & Sands, PC .

The Dixie Dregs were primarily classified as a jazz-fusion band, but their musical influences went far beyond a blend of jazz and rock. Folk, country and even classical elements were an important part of their musical milieu. The Vinyl Vault will feature a number of tracks from what many consider their finest album, 1978’s “What If.” Led by guitarist Steve Morse, the album features impeccable and virtuosic playing throughout. The Vinyl Vault hosted by Geoff Anderson on The Night Beat, Tuesday, May 30 at 8:30pm on KUVO 89.3 / kuvo.org.

This week on the Vinyl Vault, it’s a 1976 album from drummer Chico Hamilton simply entitled “Chico Hamilton and the Players.” Indeed, this Blue Note album features some great players including Black Arthur Blythe on alto and soprano saxophones, Steve Turre on electric bass and bass trombone, percussionist Abdullah, Will Connell, Jr. on alto sax and a 19-year-old Rodney Jones on guitar. Turre, Jones and Blythe, of course, went on to successful solo careers. This album showcases their talents from a time before they became leaders.

As part of KUVO’s celebration of the centennial of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth, the Vinyl Vault will feature “Ella in Rome; The Birthday Concert.” Recorded on April 25, 1958, it wasn’t released until 1988, shortly after the tapes were discovered in Verve’s vaults. At the time of its release, it was thought that the recording was made on Ella’s 40th birthday, but of course, she had turned 41 that day. No matter, she and her band swing!

This week’s Vinyl Vault will feature an album from Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman. Akkerman was a founder of the band Focus which had some commercial success in the 1970s. This 1977 solo album falls mainly in the fusion camp, but features many different twists and turns, keeping the proceedings interesting throughout. Check out the Vinyl Vault, Tuesday at 8:30 with Nightbeat host Geoff Anderson on KUVO 89.3/kuvo.org.

This week’s Vinyl Vault features Joe Farrell’s album “Canned Funk.” Released in 1975, this was Farrell’s sixth and final album for the CTI label. The album features Joe Beck on guitar, Herb Bushler on bass, Jim Madison on drums and Ray Mantilla on percussion. Farrell plays tenor, soprano and baritone saxophones along with flute. And of course, the album has one of the more eye-catching covers from the ‘70s.

Check out the Vinyl Vault with host Geoff Anderson on Tuesday at 8:30pm on KUVO.

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