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Beer for the Genius

Sep 23, 2015

From the "For the Genius" series (counter to the other series "for dummies"), Denver-based alcohol writer Richard English visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to discuss his "Barrel-aged compendium of Frosty Beer Knowledge," "Beer for the Genius."

"The very ancient times of beer, from its discovery up through the early days of Christianity, beer has been right there," said English.  His book contends "Beer history is human history."

Art, politics, gender relations, commerce, it's all there in a very fun style of prose and design.

“Stolen Moments" | Stories of Standards

Sep 22, 2015; info from The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire by Ted Gioia

“Stolen Moments” - originally titled “The Stolen Moment” - was composed by Oliver Nelson and first performed by Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis’s big band project.

The song is the opening track of Oliver Nelson’s 1961 album, The Blues and the Abstract Truth. The album ranks among the best-selling jazz works of all time, showcasing the talents of recording artists Eric Dolphy, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Roy Haynes.

There is more to health than trips to the gym, says Alisha Brown, vice president of the Be Well Health and Wellness Initiative.  Brown visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to describe the big picture, and Saturday's Tailgate Party in the Stapleton neighborhood.

"We work with six different neighborhoods, and health continued to come up as an issue," said Brown.  The Be Well Initiative, a project of The Stapleton Foundation, works in Northeast Park Hill, Greater Park Hill, Stapleton, East Montclair, Northwest Aurora and Montbello.

Join the First Take crew each Thursday at 8:35 AM as they talk about Colorado’s cultural scene with Arts District host Carrie Saldo. Below is the summary from September 17, 2015. 

“September in the Rain” | Stories of Standards

Sep 14, 2015; info from &

 Composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin penned “September in the Rain” for the 1935 film, Stars Over Broadway.

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!