Steve Chavis

Co-Host, First Take with Lando and Chavis and Public Affairs Manager

Steve Chavis is co-host for KUVO/KVJZ's morning program, First Take with Lando and Chavis, as well as being Public Affairs Manager for the award-winning Jazz format radio station in Denver. Steve began in public radio as an intern in Detroit. He served in the early days of KGNU in Boulder, too. Along the way he was news director for KBCO, KHOW and KHIH, and spent a dozen years directing communications for an international non-profit organization in Denver. 
In addition to rising early to get First Take started at 6:00 a.m., Steve is currently producing a documentary film in Detroit.
Steve and his bride Theonita have been married for 32 years. They are the parents of two sons, two daughters, a son-in-law and grand-humans to their German shepherd mix “Bella.”

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News
2:49 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Ujamaa Holiday Market: local with African flair!

Credit Cynthia Martin

In its 15th year, the Ujamaa Holiday Market provides holiday shoppers with local and imported African wares, with an African flavor.  Deborah Sims-Fard visited the "First Take" morning show with George Peck and Steve Chavis.

"Ujamaa - the fourth principle of Kwanzaa - means cooperative economics," explained Fard.  "It literally means we come together as a community ... and we recommit to building our businesses.  How we spend our dollars matters."

Book talks, music from the LC Latin Jazz Band, Miss Denver will be reading to children.

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Eats & Beats
2:19 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Eats & Beats: A Swedish Christmas, lutfisk!

Credit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutefisk

Every December on KUVO's morning show "First Take with Lando and Chavis," we explore a variety of ethnic holiday menus and traditions.  Our own "Mayor of Oasisville," KUVO announcer Ed Danielson shared his Swedish heritage, without bringing any lutfisk into the studio.

"Anybody that eats lutfisk is well-deserving of being the butt of jokes," says dah mayor proudly.  In the   audio interview (above), Danielson explains the preparation of the dried codfish meal, which is both famous and infamous for its taste and smell.  

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Jazz Education
12:31 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

State of Jazz Ed, pt. 2: Vail's 4th, 5th graders in sweet spot

Credit www.vailjazz.org

Pianist-vocalist Tony Gulizia (Tony G.) has spent the last 18 school years surrounded by fourth and fifth graders at every school in Eagle County via the Vail Jazz Foundation's "Jazz Goes to School" program.  Gulizia said that early age is the "perfect" time for jazz education.

"Kids that age are a little more aware of jazz music, and they're getting ready to perhaps start an instrument in elementary school or middle school," said Gulizia.

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Jazz Education
10:55 am
Tue December 9, 2014

The State of Jazz Ed: Latin jazz sheet music, and rentals!

As part of KUVO's new annual series on "The State of Jazz Education," Jim Disner from one of the region's largest instrument rental stores - Flesher-Hinton - visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to discuss trends in music education.

  

"A lot of band directors are re-building programs that have been killed off in the past few years, but are coming back," said Disner.  "They have smaller groups and combos to work with, and many are using Real Books (the famous compilation of jazz lead sheets.)"

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News
2:54 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Community development still cooking: Denver's NEWSED

There's nothing retro about the mission of community development, according to NEWSED Community Development Corporation.  Development Director Andrea Barela visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to describe their work, salute a few heroes, and mention this weekend's "Luminarias" celebration on Santa Fe Drive in Denver.

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