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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Live Jazz
12:23 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Jazz on 2nd Ave. in Niwot: food, wine, music = community

Credit www.chicagoreader.com

Among the top outdoor jazz hangouts of the summer is "Jazz on 2nd Avenue," in the tiny, tucked-away town of Niwot, Colorado, halfway between Boulder and Longmont along Highway 119.  Local restaurateur and jazz enthusiast Howard Treppeda visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to introduce us to Niwot and the top jazz talent he's attracted.

"It brings the community together," said Treppeda, who's produced the event for four years.   "You have food and wine, and when you bring music into play, that really equals community."

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Music Education
11:46 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Ritmo Jazz Latino helps with that 1st instrument

Ritmo Jazz Latino performing recently at KUVO's Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio. Dr. Walter Barr (trumpet) at right.

The 1st Note Music Foundation provides music instruments to at-risk youth.  One of Colorado's newest ensembles Ritmo Jazz Latino is performing this Friday night, Aug. 15 in a benefit for the Foundation at Crossroads Theater, part of the Jazz on the Point series.  1st Note foundation board member and Ritmo Jazz Latino band leader Dr. Walter Barr visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to promote the foundation's work.

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Eats & Beats
2:50 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Eats & Beats: New farmer's market for Jefferson Park

There's room on the Farmer's Market haywagon, and you're invited to hop on!  The latest neighborhood to start its own farmer's market is West Denver's Jefferson Park, which lies between I-25 and Federal Boulevard, both north and south of 23rd Avenue.  Kendra Sandoval and Bevery Grant from Mo Betta Green Marketplace visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with a shout out to farmers and craftspersons to bring their wares to Jefferson Park when they launch on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

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News
1:20 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

A party on wheels - Denver's pedal hopper

Credit www.facebook.com/pedal-hopper-denver

The crazy-looking contraption looks like hard work and lots of fun, all at the same time.  The "Pedal-Hopper" was founded in Denver by Luke Stone and some partners.  They have six "bar-cycles" in Denver, and they operate in Salt Lake City and Kansas City as well.

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News
12:19 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Colorado Experience: Season 2 on Rocky Mountain PBS

Even as a young state (celebrating 138 years as part of the Union this past August 1, 2014), Colorado has a few stories to tell.  The Rocky Mountain PBS show "Colorado Experience" is in its second season.  Producer Julie Speer visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with a preview of the episodes to come.

"We don't use narration, so it's all the voices of folks who know the stories best," said Speer.   First person accounts include survivors of the 1930 dust bowl.  This interview includes an audio segment of the program.

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