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Thank You from KUVO!

Thank you supporters of KUVO from across Colorado and beyond who answered the call and made Colorado Gives Day 2018 one to remember, we raised $28,424! Support like this shows that we are doing what is expected of us—bringing COMMUNITY, CULTURE, and MUSIC to you every day!

If you missed out on Colorado Gives Day and would like to make a year-end contribution please click here .

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Chris Daniels and the Kings featuring Freddi Gowdy | Dec 15

Chris Daniels & the Kings played their first show on March 14, 1984. Chris was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame with Judy Collins in 2013. He and the Kings have toured Europe 20 times and played in the States from South Carolina to Seattle, New York City to LA. In 2012 Freddi Gowdy of the classic funk band "Freddi Henchi & The Soulsetters" joined the Kings.

The seven-piece rockin' band, called "funky-blues" by the Europeans, is an all-out "horn band"...

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Houston Person Quartet | Dec 12 & 13

Houston Person is jazz’ working class hero, a true man of the people. Person who was born in Newberry, South Carolina in 1934, first received moderate national attention with a series of soulful albums recorded for Prestige back in the ’60s. In 1968 he began a sympathetic and successful musical partnership with the great Etta Jones that lasted over 30 years until her recent passing. A passionate tenor saxophonist, alternately tough and tender, Person’s own talent was often overlooked because...

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The Nightside Before Christmas is a much look forwarded to event each year. KUVO host Andy O' started the special a few years ago and he has musicians come in to perform, guests come in to read poetry, ugly sweaters and more.

I had a chance to speak with Andy recently regarding the Nightside Before Christmas, how he recruits volunteers for the program, how it came to be, and a little bit more. 

2018 was a generous year for new soul and funk music. "The Funky Boombox" curated a list of their 25 favorite songs of the year. One of this year’s highlights was the launch of Denver based, Color Red Records. Color Red released music from two artists on the list, Matador! Soul Sounds and Analog Sons. The list includes artists from around the world and down the block, including Lack of Afro, Lucinda Slim and Gizelle Smith from England, The Bamboos from Australia and Colorado’s The Motet.

Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum | now - Dec 16

Dec 11, 2018
Stan Obert for Cleo Parker Robinson

For 27 years, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble has been blending dance, live music, spoken word, and seasonal celebrations and customs from around the world into a memorable holiday tradition like none other.

Blair Caldwell Libraray Toy and Book Giveaway

Dec 10, 2018
Mindi McNeil

On Saturday December 15th from 2-3pm the Blair Caldwell Library will be hosting their annual toy and book giveaway. It will be a great time for all, children will be able to pick out a toy and book of their choice, Santa will be on hand and refreshments will be served. 

I spoke to Mrs. Terry Nelson regarding the giveaway, it's origin, how people can volunteer and more. 

Connect for Health Colorado

Dec 10, 2018

Connect for Health Colorado  is the official health insurance marketplace for Colorado, and is one of the only places that  individuals, families and small businesses can get financial help to lower the monthly cost. Sign up online, over the phone calling 855-PLANS-4-YOU, or with a certified expert in your community.

I spoke with Connect for Health Colorado CEO Kevin Patterson recently regarding the Dec. 15th deadline, how people can get registered, tax credits and more. 

Book Review: New biography of Dexter Gordon

Dec 9, 2018

The American tenor saxophone artist Dexter Gordon (b. 1923) was working on his autobiography in Cuernavaca, Mexico, when he died in 1990. Maxine Gordon embraced the role of family life historian to complete this work. This is the biography of a legendary jazz musician written by a woman who had served as his road manager and business manager before their marriage; and Maxine earned academic credentials and black history writing experience post-1990 to strengthen the writing.

Arturo Gómez

The terrific vocalist Kurt Elling hits town on Wednesday and saxophonist Houston Person does the same on Wednesday and Thursday.. That’s quite a lineup, especially during a time when folks are busy thinking of a white Christmas and lighting Hanukkah candles. 

Join La Frente de Lucha and Museo de las Americas on Thursday, December 13 from 6 to 8 pm as they host a fundraiser to benefit Tierra Amarilla Youth Leadership Institute. Support by sharing tacos y tequila and buying raffle tickets to win some great items! All proceeds will directly benefit the Tierra Amarilla Youth Leadership Institute, a seven-day cultural immersion and education program help on 200 acres of beautiful, liberated land in the mountains of northern New Mexico.

Clare Church and Expeditions | Dec 14

Dec 5, 2018
denversartbar.com

Clare Church & Expeditions will be playing Pete Lewis’ beautiful and heartfelt  arrangements of songs that just about everybody knows and loves: I’ll Fly Away, My Favorite Things, Eleanor Rigby, Heard It Through the Grapevine, Danny Boy, Hallelujah, and more.Clare brings her passion and artistry leading the quartet in many different styles for the audience to enjoy.

Clare Church - drums, Jason Malmberg - bass, Adam Revell - piano, Pete Lewis - saxophone.

Goodrattle HardBop Quintet | Dec 14

Dec 5, 2018
nocturnejazz.com

GoodRattle is a modern hard-bop quintet lead by saxophone & compositional mastermind Wil Swindler, that features the music of Pepper Adams and Cannonball Adderley as well as original material by Goodrattle members. This sharp-edged and relentlessly swinging group is a Nocturne Artist in Residency Alumni and a crowd favorite, and we can't wait to welcome them back to our stage!

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