Music Notes

Jazz Appreciation Month
5:00 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Who was Jim Crow?

Weekend Jazz Appreciation Month Trivia Question - Register your answer by replying in the comments box (or on our Facebook page). All correct answers are eligible to win a free CD from the best corner of the KUVO vault. Open until 11:59pm, 4/5/14. 

The Jim Crow laws fostered the development of jazz by forcing classically trained black musicians to perform in black clubs, where they imposed European techniques on the blues. Who was the original Jim Crow?

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Greeley Blues Jam
10:52 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Greeley Blues Jam Line-Up

Chicago Bluesman Lurrie Bell, performing at the 2014 Greeley Blues Jam

June 13 and 14 will be here before you know it. If you like the blues and you're lucky, you'll be in Greeley on those dates for the Greeley Blues Jam: "the best Blues Festival in Northern Colorado". The smokin' line-up is sure to please.

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Women of Soul
10:15 am
Fri April 4, 2014

"Women of Soul" - Monday on Rocky Mountain PBS

“Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House” will premiere Monday, April 7 at 9 p.m.  on Rocky Mountain PBS. This is a celebration of American women artists whose work has left an indelible and profound impact on our national musical culture, across Blues, Jazz, Soul, Rhythm and Blues and Rock and Roll. The President and Mrs. Obama welcome Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and others to perform the songs made famous by women who overcame adversity through the power of their music. 

Here's a preview from Monday's broadcast:

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Jazz Appreciation Month
9:58 am
Fri April 4, 2014

"When jazz and baseball were perfect"

Duke Ellington and band members playing baseball in front of their segregated motel ("Astor Motel") while touring in Florida.
Credit Charlotte Brooks, LOOK magazine / Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

Batter up! It's Opening Day in Denver - a perfect time for this fascinating article from Smithsonian magazine. It highlights the similarities between baseball and jazz - they both involve swing - and the importance of baseball to many of the touring jazz bands. We recommend the entire article, which can be found here

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Performance Review
9:26 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Big Bill Morganfield with the Delta Sonics, 3/30/14 at the D Note


Muddy Waters, arguably one of the most influential bluesmen ever, passed away in 1983. His son, William Morganfield a/k/a Big Bill Morganfield has taken up the torch and has been carrying on the Morganfield blues line for many years and last Sunday he brought some gritty Chicago blues to Colorado for a Sunday afternoon show. (Blues Before Sunset!)

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