Highlights

Local Vocalist Spotlight: Wendy Fopeano

Apr 24, 2018
Susan Gatschet

Yet another stellar performer based in the Denver area is vocalist Wendy Fopeano. Wendy began her musical life as an instrumentalist, playing electric and acoustic bass, trumpet, guitar, and piano. That musical background allows her to sometimes abandon the melody and scat intelligently, vocally infiltrating the instrumental members of the band.

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On Sunday, April 29, KUVO’s archive show “On Stage” features music from previous International Jazz Day global concerts.

International Jazz Day has been celebrated since 2012. It is coordinated annually by UNESCO and its Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock. We’ll share recordings made at Istanbul (2013), Osaka, Japan (2014), Paris, France (2015), Washington, D.C. (2016) and Havana, Cuba (2017).

Geoff Anderson

In 1979, the Dixie Dregs came to my hometown, shortly after the release of their album Night of the Living Dregs (Capricorn, 1979). They were the opening act for Pure Prairie League, a country rock band. The Dixie Dregs’ set was a spectacle. Their smoke generators worked overtime, several flash-explosions punctuated the set. At one point, at the pinnacle of the frenzy, the bass player picked up a long neck beer bottle from atop an amplifier and smashed it over his bald head. Of course it was a prop, but it made for several micro-seconds of horror.

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On Sunday, April 22, KUVO’s archive show “On Stage” revisits the music of our “homegirl” and newest NEA Jazz Master, Ms. Dianne Reeves.

On Sunday, April 15 at 4pm, KUVO’s archive show “On Stage” is proud to celebrate the music of Denver-based pianist Joe Bonner as we approach the 70th anniversary of his birth. (He was born April 20, 1948.)

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