First Take

The Italian jazz website is holding it's first international online competition for jazz musicians.  It's open to professional and amateur groups, soloists and vocalists of all ages worldwide.  First prize is 4,000 euros and a web promotion package from 7VirtualJazzClub, which includes hosting up to a one-hour video. (Second prize is €2,000.  Third prize is €1,000.)

As Metropolitan State University of Denver finishes its celebration of 50 years, President of the urban campus Stephen Jordan says he's learned one lesson from the students about to graduate: persistence.  An interview with Jordan aired on KUVO's morning show, "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

Every organization them - whiz bang corporate jargon that's gonna take this organization to the "next level," "open new paradigms," and go "totally next gen."  What?? Toronto-based communications consultant Bart Egnal visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" (audio posted below) to discuss his book "Leading Through Language - Choosing Words that Influence and Inspire."  So let's "unpack" ways to cut out the trend-speak and finally, truly communicate.

KUVO Arts District correspondent Carrie Saldo's cultural tip for the weekend is Cinco de Mayo at Denver's Civic Center Plaza, in it's 29th year.  

More than an excuse for a party, the day is rooted in an actual historic event (The Battle of Puebla) .  It's become a cultural marker and rite of spring for the Chicano Western U.S.

Bay-area political activist Steve Phillips poured his personal experience winning a school board seat in San Francisco, plus his political action committee work for the Obama campaigns into a demographic treatise that offers some interesting lessons for any 21st century politico.  He previewed his visit to Denver this week with a short chat on "First Take with Lando and Chavis."