First Take

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.

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. 


Book Review: Dr. Greer on Rapier’s ‘Power Plays’

Feb 10, 2015

With oil hovering at just under $50 a barrel, and the amazing technology of fracking present throughout America’s oil fields, it’s probably wise that someone decided to take an honest look at the current worldwide energy paradigm to see where we might be headed energy-wise.  Robert Rapier has done just that in his excellent assessment of America’s and the world’s energy options in his book Power Plays: Energy Options in the Age of Peak Oil.

"Good Bait" | Stories of Standards

Feb 9, 2015

"Good Bait" - written by American jazz pianist/composer Tadd Dameron and bandleader Count Basie - was  first preformed in the 194o's.

Opinions differ as to when "Good Bait" was first performed. The earliest live performance recording of the jazz composition is by Basie's band in 1948 at the Royal Roost. Dameron recording the song with his own group the same year, featuring Fats Navarro on trumpet. The following year, the Miles Davis/Tadd Dameron Quintet recorded "Good Bait" in Paris.

Jazz on Film: Rollins - Last of the Great Jazz Redwoods

Feb 6, 2015

Once upon a time there were titans who needed only one name to be identified--Hawk, Prez, Bird, Trane; all of them saxophonists. Sonny Rollins is probably that last living link to these giants, and he played with them all, as well as Mingus, Bud Powell Miles, Dizzy, Monk, Clifford Brown and Max Roach. In 1948 he made his first recordings at age 17 and has led his own groups, made records, and toured the world for over 60 years. He is a master of tone and rhythm, with a simultaneously sincere and insouciant way of quoting popular tunes or phrases into his solos.