First Take

Eats & Beats
3:02 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Eats & Beats: 3rd annual Local Food Summit

The 3rd annual Local Food Summit is March 2-3 in Denver.  Mickki Langston, executive director of the Mile High Business Alliance, visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis to describe the growing momentum behind the local food movement.

"The intention is to help build relationships between people who are working inside the food economy all the time," said Langston.  "Food is the foundation of our community, and it's delicious!"

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Stories of Standards
11:36 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Ellington and Strayhorn's "Satin Doll" | Stories of Standards

Written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, "Satin Doll" became a fast hit when it debuted in 1953. Johnny Mercer later added the lyrics to the hit instrumental version of this song.

At most of his performances, Ellington played "Satin Doll" as his closing number.

The chord progression of "Satin Doll" is well-known for its uniqueness as is its opening with a ii-V-I turnaround.

"Satin Doll" has been covered by a numerous artists and groups including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, The Gaylords and more!

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Jazz on Film
11:29 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Jazz on Film: "Whiplash" - Give the drummer some, and then some more

Despite all the unique personalities and wonderful music they produced one has to look hard to find movies where jazz stories are front and center, especially in recent decades.

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Eats & Beats
10:52 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Eats & Beats: Bonanno's "Chef Driven" on Rocky Mountain PBS

In light of his new television series, "Chef Driven," chef  and restaurant owner Frank Bonanno visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to talk about public TV and food artistry.

"I really wanted to showcase what Denver has to offer,” said Bonanno. “...We are as good a beer town and wine town as any city the country.” This Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on Rocky Mountain PBS, the next episode of "Chef Driven" covers  soul food in Denver (Feb. 21). Previous episodes have focused on beer, burgers, and bread. 

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Jazz History
11:00 am
Mon February 16, 2015

A President's Day look at jazz in the White House

Dizzy Gillespie, PBS "Performance in the White House" series, 1982

In the spirit of Presidents Day, celebrating the premier position in American politics, we took a First Take trip through White House history to discover the moments over the last 50 years when 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. became the hottest jazz joint in town.

Intern Cynthia Howard was busy at the KUVO research desk digging up fun facts and little-known tidbits about jazz in the White House, and she shared her discoveries with us on the air this morning. Who knew Dick Nixon hosted Duke Ellington’s 70th birthday party??

Click above to hear our conversation. 


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