First Take

In advance of an upcoming benefit performance for the Urban Spectrum Youth Foundation, Denver jazz and blues singer Hazel Miller visited "Lunchtime at the Oasis" recently.

The performance is called "Up Close and Personal wth Hazel Miller," Sunday, June 14, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Jazz at Jack's, 500 16th St. (Third Floor), Denver, Colo. 80202.

Here's a link to the cover story on Hazel Miller in the June 2015 issue of Urban Spectrum magazine.

Guillermo Leon Gomez

This week it is all about play! 

Play Grounds: Redline continues its year long exploration of play.   The new exhibit "Play Grounds" runs June 13 - August 16, featuring contemporary artworks that encourage play.  The indoor exhibition is at RedLine, and there are three interactive installations throughout the city of Denver.  

Be on the look out for those.  And ... in addition to playing with art,  you can make it yourself! 

"Play Grounds" at

Take a 200-acre plot of Colorado prairie, and sun and rain.  Work the farm, and then throw in a some jazz for flavor.  That's the recipe for "Jazz Night" at May Farms in Byers, Colo., about 35 minutes from downtown Denver heading east on Interstate 70.  Events coordinator Christine Smith visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to tell the story.

"It's a family owned working farm, really a slice of heaven on earth, very serene," said Smith, a city-dweller who is helping the farm balance some of agriculture's inherent risks.

“Desafinado” | Stories of Standards

Jun 8, 2015

João Gilberto released “Desafinado” in 1958 as part of a collection by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Lyrics for the tune were written by Newton Mendoca. 

These studio sessions proved pivotal for Jobim, establishing the Brazilian composer as the originator of bossa nova style.

“Desafinado” began as a hit in Brazil before spreading to the United States. Though the popularity of Jobim’s “The Girl from Ipanema” sometimes overshadows “Desafinado,” the latter is still widely preferred among musicians when sets call for a bossa nova hit.

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.