First Take

Jazz on Film: new "Icons" offer jazz as philosophy

Jun 5, 2015

For anyone who’s gotten into a discussion about what jazz is and is not, this one’s for you. For DJs and aficionados who read album liner notes and magazines and scour the record store bins this one is for you too. For all the people who are curious about jazz and what’s happening today this is one you need to see.

Vocalist and songwriter Selina Albright will perform at City Park Jazz June 7!

Don't forget to stop by and say hi at the KUVO booth - and pick up some free swag!

Possessing a musical versatility that comes from years of listening to a wide-range of music, Albright's soulfulness and angelic tone add character and emotion to any ballad. And her powerful wailing and stage presence commands attention.

"Easy Living" | Stories of Standards

Jun 1, 2015

Paramount commissioned composer Ralph Rainger and lyricist Leo Robin to write “Easy Living” for the 1937 comedy film of the same name, starring Ray Milland and Jean Arthur. The song appeared in the original film as an instrumental version, which perhaps contributed to its initial obscurity.

Later in 1937, Billie Holiday recorded “Easy Living” with Teddy Wilson’s Orchestra. Billie Holiday’s rendition gained attention and launched “Easy Living” into the charts for the first time, where it remained for two weeks.

"Bluesette" | Stories of Standards

May 26, 2015

Even the most casual of circumstances—two musicians, warming up for a concert—can serve as the inspiration for a great piece of art. This is the story of “Bluesette,” the jazz standard composed by Toots Thielemans, with lyrics by Norman Gimbal.

Tune in to First Take with Chavis and Lando - weekdays from 6-9 am MT - for Stories of Standards to hear our favorite versions of this song all week long!

Special guest Matthew Goldwasser shares his review of Keep On' Keepin On, an intimate documentary depicting the relationship between a blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, and his teacher,  the legendary Clark Terry. 

Shot over the course of five years, the film covers the journey of two friends confronting the toughest challenges of their lives.