First Take

Jazz Education
12:31 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

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


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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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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Eats & Beats
10:50 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Eats & Beats: Mad about Greens for 10 years now

One of metro Denver's most popular healthy fast casual outlets is Mad Greens, which opened in Denver in December of 2004.  Co-founder Marley Hodgson visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to describe the method behind the madness.

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Book Review
1:24 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Dick Cavett's new book Brief Encounters

Dick Cavett's fourth book in 40 years left plenty to talk about.  KUVO book reviewer Dr. Robert Greer called Cavett "a mover and shaker with a sharp and sometimes biting wit."  Greer take on Cavett's new book,  Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks: "a first rate bookend to his 1970 memoir."

Cavett's interviews with Groucho Marx, Johnny Carson, Muhammed Ali, Steve Jobs and many others are recounted in the book's 288 pages.  "Cavett was a master at controlling the conversations he had, be they musicians, writers, artists, or public figures.

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