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KUVO celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month throughout April with the theme, “It Was A Very Good Year!” But what makes a very good year? When there are so many releases, we can barely keep up.

Of course, we started with 1959 – the landmark year so packed with breakthrough releases, a 60-minute BBC documentary "1959, The Year That Changed Jazz." We think you’ll find it an hour well spent.

But KUVO presenters don’t remain in single-year boxes very well. The world of jazz...

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Juan Ponte '02

Annual Easter Guitar Pull - The Nightside with Andy O'

On Easter Sunday, April 21, KUVO Jazz continues a tradition that started in Andy O's childhood. The family guitar pull would start during the Easter BBQ. Friends and relatives would stop by with musical instruments (mostly guitars) and spend the day playing and singing.

After the Easter egg hunt and before the chocolate bunny hangovers the yard and later the living room would echo with music and stories and laughter and food and libations. Those echoes came to Andy O' when he...

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Enjoy Boney James, Nathan East, Peter White, Ramsey Lewis, George Benson and other smooth jazz legends sharing their arrangements of classic Motown sound as KUVO's Groove Jazz Rendezvous presents “Motown in SmoothJazz” on Saturday, April 20 from 8 to 10 pm with host Adam Morgan. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Motown Records.

It’s Springtime and that special time of year again, it’s time for the annual R&B Jukebox Gospel Show!

R&B is deeply rooted in music from the gospel and spiritual traditions.  And every year, on the night before Easter,  we celebrate that sound on the R&B Jukebox Gospel show.

It’s familiar R&B artists like BB King, Sam Cooke, and Solomon Burke, with some of gospel music’s greatest artists.  And it all sounds like Rhythm and Blues!

Join Rolando Garcia on Saturday, April 20 at 6 pm for the annual R&B Jukebox Gospel Show.


Makaya McCraven | Apr 20

13 hours ago

Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The cutting edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive style of performance defy categorization.

His breakthrough album In the Moment was released with International Anthem Recording Co. (IARC) in January of 2015 and quickly named “Album of the Week” on BBC 6 Radio by influential DJ Gilles Peterson. By the end of the year it was a “Best of 2015” selection for Los Angeles Times, Pop Matters, NPR Music’s Jazz Critics Poll, and Apple Music.

Three words explain this special April series: Dynamic. Thrilling. Swingin’.

Award-winning drummer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Brian Claxton is known for his electrifying groove and rhythmic mastery. This series will feature Claxton’s compositions and arrangements performed by some of Denver’s finest: Tom Amend, Dana Landry, Steve Kovalcheck, and Erik Applegate. Brian is a two-time Nocturne artist in residency alumni and we can't wait to bring his sound back to our stage!

Mindi McNeil

The Muse Performance Space is a hidden gem in Lafayette that is quietly bringing the noise.

Run by musicians Pete Lewis and Clare Church, this place has a little something for everyone, music, art, ambiance and more.

In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month KUVO wanted to spotlight The Muse Performance Space. I recently had a chance to speak with Clare regarding performances they have there, how it started and more.

Blue Engine Records

Buddy Bolden who was also known as King Bolden was the first superstar of the music that we now called jazz. His life is filled with legends and myths, add to that his actual life story and you have the basis for a great film about the genesis of jazz. Charles Joseph Bolden played cornet in the early ragtime and jazz ensembles of New Orleans beginning around 1898 and his band became very popular until the end of his music career in 1907 when Buddy was only 30 years old.

Mindi McNeil

This month’s Wine, Beer and Food pairing has so many wonderful  things going on for the palette. Chef Cameron Tittle of Mas Kaos brought not one, but two wonderful dishes. I had asked him if he would bring their Shrimp Tacos or if he wanted to bring something else, he opted to bring both, and we are glad he did.

David Weiss Sextet | Apr 23 & 24

Apr 14, 2019

Moving jazz forward has been David Weiss’s modus operandi ever since he appeared on the scene in the late eighties when he established himself in New York by touring and/or recording with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Charles Tolliver, Billy Harper, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, James Moody, Tom Harrell, Louis Hayes, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Billy Hart, among many others.

1972-The year I got turnt. In the year 1972, I was 17 years old.

Local Musican Spotlight: Tom Amend

Apr 10, 2019

In a distant galaxy (Wyoming) a long time ago (maybe 18 years), a little 6-year-old boy began playing piano, inspired by his father, who played classic rock. A year or so later, his brother came home from middle school with a saxophone, and Dad declared “We have a band!” That little family band played local gigs with two keyboards and a sax, and to no one’s surprise, a star was born.

Tom Amend, pianist and organ player, was that young boy.



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