Stories of Standards

Each week on First Take with Chavis and Lando, Lando's "Stories of Standards" segment examines a jazz standard or tune from the Great American Songbook. 

Lando delves into the history behind each tune and plays different versions of the week's featured composition all week long! 

Browse the articles below to broaden your knowledge of America's greatest music.

KUVO’s First Take with Lando and Chavis’ weekly segment, “Stories of Standards” features the popular song LAURA this week.  There are 400 known jazz recordings of this song composed by David Raksin, and written by Johnny Mercer for the movie LAURA. Tune in to hear diverse presentations of this American standard. 

(Once I Had a) Secret Love

Mar 11, 2014

This week on First Take with Lando and Chavis, Carlos is featuring the Paul Francis Webster and Sammy Fain tune (Once I Had a) Secret Love. The song was originally written for the movie "Calamity Jane", starring Doris Day. Webster and Fain were awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1953. When Day recorded the song, her version attained the #1 position on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts in 1954. Later, Slim Whitman reached #2 on the charts with his recording of Secret Love.

"Waltz for Debby" | Stories of Standards

Mar 5, 2014

This week's selection on Stories of Standards is the Bill Evans tune, "Waltz for Debby."

After his discharge from the military, Evans spent much time in the company of his young niece, so much so that he was inspired to write this piano trio jazz waltz in her honor.

The song has been much recorded, both as an instrumental and as a vocal. Lyrics were written by Gene Lees, a multi-talented wordsmith, who also penned the lyrics to Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Corcovado" (released as "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars"). 

All the storms in Tadd Dameron's life did not compare to his legacy as an arranger and composer.  He wrote the charts for countless jazz bands that wanted a "big" sound.  This week on "Stories of Standards," we'll take a listen to several interpretations of the swinging Dameron composition "Hot House."

This week, KUVO's music education feature "Stories of Standards" covers arguably the most important song in jazz history, Miles Davis' "So What," track one on the 1959 LP Kind of Blue. For some added perspective, we caught up with trumpeter Byron Stripling at the 2013 Vail Jazz Festival, where he presented a multi-media tribute to Miles Davis. Stripling considers Miles Davis his hero, for musical and other reasons, and also discusses the legacy of the song "So What."