You know how sometimes you’re scrolling through your social media feed, and an hour later, you wonder what just happened? May I suggest a channel that will feed your musical jones, inspire you, entertain you and surprise you? It’s one of the best kept secrets on the “inter-web,” KUVO’s YouTube channel
We’ve got more than 140 videos of live performances, mostly captured in the intimate confines of the Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio. For 24 years, local, national, and international artists, professional, avocational and student artists squeezed into the storeroom-turned-studio and created some of the most exciting live sessions ever seen (or heard) in Denver. The audio is top notch, and in the last 5 years, thanks to our association with Rocky Mountain PBS, we have stepped up the video quality of our productions. YouTube is the perfect place for you to take it in.
The performances cover the many genres of Jazz – Latin, Funk, Classic, Big Band, Orchestral, Solo, Duets, Trios, Gypsy, Traditional, Bop, Post-Bop, Blues… you get the idea. Let’s name-check some of the biggest names you will see up close and personal: Ellis Marsalis, Harold Mabern and Eric Alexander and Robin Nolan.
Local heroes recorded in “the Greer” include Max Wagner, Joe Anderies, Nelson Rangell, the Montgomery/Hermann Quintet, Expeditions, Dave Corbus and more! (I’m in trouble now because I left someone out.) You might discover some really fine touring artists who visited KUVO Jazz on their way through Denver, like duets Christian Howes & Reggie Berg and Sundae & Mr. Goessl.
Still scrolling? I thought so.
There are interview features with artists like Kermit Ruffins and we’ve got snippets of NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves at “Live at the Vineyards” in 2015!
We have got the next wave or jazz stars pouring out their creative gifts on the intimate audience of the Phyllis A. Greer Studio (and broadcast LIVE to the planet). You’ll find sessions with Annie Booth, Gabriel Mervine, Walter Gorra and others. You can revisit some of the amazing “30-Under-30” honorees captured in their youth, back in 2015. Student performances include Denver East High School, the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, the Denver School of the Arts, Kent Denver and more! Do NOT expect squeaks and squawks. These kids came ready to play!
While the ‘Rona lurks about, keeping Denver’s full, vibrant live music scene somewhat in check, we’ll continue digging around our archives to post unseen videos. There’s a lot in our vaults!
So grab your phone or tablet, or connect to the big screen and prepare for a deep dive into the exclusive KUVO Jazz sessions at the “P.A.G.” If you got sucked in, I’m curious, how long were you down the KUVO Jazz YouTube rabbit hole?
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