Throughout December, the airwaves at KUVO JAZZ come alive with the sounds of holiday music from around the world. The season brings people together. May your holidays be filled with music!
Monday, December 4 at Noon
New Music Monday: Holiday Music on KUVO Jazz
The annual Holiday edition of New Music Monday will feature new Hanukkah and Christmas releases from Colorado and national artists. Tune in to this annual tradition that kicks off the holiday music on KUVO.
KUVO listeners will enjoy new holiday jazz releases and classic favorites throughout December.
Monday, December 4 at 7 pm
Domi Edson Trio, A Jazz Hanukah (recorded at Bonfils-Stanton Performance Studio)
Domi Edson is an emerging force as a jazz bassist and composer originally from Seattle and now residing in Denver. She has already made an impact as an artist, having played as a bandleader at Dazzle (Denver, CO), Frankie’s Jazz Club (Vancouver, B.C.), The Royal Room (Seattle), Yardbird Suite (Edmonton, AB), and live on KUVO 89.3, as well as at the Five Points Jazz Festival, and at the International Society of Bassists Conference. As a Side woman, Domi has performed with Terrell Stafford, Jason Marsalis, Charles McPherson, Tia Fuller, Greg Gisbert, Dawn Clement, Gayelynn McKinney, Ben Markley, and many more. Reminiscent of groups like the Ray Brown and Oscar Peterson Trios, the Domi Edson Trio performs a unique collection of new and reimagined music and has three records to their name (Without the Re, Stories from Solitude, and new release A Jazzy Hanukkah). Domi is joined by her trio-mates Spencer Zweifel on piano and Bobby Wiens on drums.
Sunday, December 10 at 9 pm
The Nightside with Andy O’ — You Won’t Forget Me
As we approach the holidays it’s only natural to have memories stirred up. On The Nightside we’re celebrating the memories of lost loved ones. So we are asking you to share a memory of a loved one…Please email Andy O’ at firstname.lastname@example.org the name and relationship of your loved one(s) and include a favorite Jazz song of your loved one, a brief reason for the song, or an anecdote and please include your name.
Friday, December 15 at 7 pm
Allan Harris Quintet: Nat King Cole Christmas Show (LIVE from KUVO’s Masterpiece Studio)
With Allan Harris on vocals and Guitar, Irwin Hall on sax, Arcoiris Sandoval on piano, Marty Kenney on bass, and Norman Edward on drums. Allan Harris is a Brooklyn-born, Harlem-based guitarist, singer, songwriter, and band leader. He has been called the “Jazz Vocal King of New York” and described as possessing a voice with “the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat ‘King’ Cole.” Allan is bringing his full band for this live presentation of his 2009 album “Dedicated to You.” The Allan Harris Band has mesmerized audiences in over 20 countries around the globe, 30 prestigious international jazz festivals, and many of the world’s most famous music venues.
Thursday, December 21 at 10 pm
Jazz Odyssey Holiday Show
Join your merry Thursday Jazz Odyssey maestro, Dele, as he orchestrates a playlist adorned with soulful and funky twists on classic Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa tunes. Glide through the winter wonderland of holiday-inspired jazzy originals that’ll make your spirits soar. Featured in this magical ensemble are the talents of Baby Rose, Braxton Cook, Khruangbin, L.Dre, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, and more!
Friday, December 22 at 7 pm
Annie Booth Trio & Friends: Charlie Brown Christmas (recorded live at Dazzle Denver)
Acclaimed pianist and bandleader Annie Booth and her longtime bandmates bassist Patrick McDevitt and drummer Alejandro Castano celebrate the 10th year of their popular Denver holiday tradition. The trio will be joined by vocalists Bailey Hinkley Grogan, Jenna McLean, and Marion Powers. Experience Vince Guaraldi’s timeless soundtrack performed in front of an intimate live audience in downtown Denver.
Saturday, December 23 at 2 pm
Jazz Piano Christmas
Your favorite holiday classics as you’ve never heard them! The Kennedy Center and NPR present A Jazz Piano Christmas, the annual sell-out event featuring jazz-infused renditions of the season’s most-loved music. Host Felix Contreras spotlights remarkable pianist, vocalist, and actress Melvis Santa—whose eclectic Afro-Cuban style has made her one of the most electrifying artists on the scene—in addition to internationally acclaimed Cuban composer and jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez.
Saturday, December 23 at 6 pm
The R&B Jukebox Christmas Show
It’s the best Christmas Party you’ll attend this year! Hosted by Rolando Garcia for the past 25 years(!), this show is a listener favorite and brings family and friends together near and far. Merry Christmas, Baby!
Saturday, December 23 at 8 pm
Groove Jazz Rendezvous — SmoothCool Yule Eve Eve
Host Adam Morgan shares a soundtrack for a holiday evening to just kick back and check out the neighborhood holiday lights from your window. Blending the music arrangements of Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Mindi Abair, Jessy J, Marcus Anderson, Darren Rahn, Adam Hawley, and others in a special celebratory holiday playlist.
Sunday, December 24 at 1 pm
Christmas Eve La Raza Rocks Style
Celebrate the holiday with host Pocho Joe as he plays some of the best Chicano Rock from Tish Hinojosa to Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos, and of course, El Vez and many others.
Sunday, December 24 at 2 pm
The Annual Salsa con Jazz Christmas Show hosted by Arturo Gómez!
Arturo will be sharing Christmas music from many different countries and regions of América Latina. This year’s edition will include several new releases as well as the classic sounds of Navidad that will serve as the perfect soundtrack for your Christmas Eve preparations.
Sunday, December 24 at 7 pm
Festivo Alt. Latino with Cantigas
NPR Music’s Alt. Latino presents a 2015 encore featuring songwriter/performer Gaby Moreno and her band performing tracks from her popular holiday album Posada – recorded live at the KUT studios in Austin, Texas. She was joined by special guests Gina Chavez and Chicano Zen bandleader and record producer Michael Ramos. Hosted by Felix Contreras.
Sunday, December 24 at 8 pm
Jazz Night in America, A Holiday Celebration
This year’s Jazz Night in America holiday special will feature drummer Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O; a ruckus band recorded at Jazz at Lincoln Center that flips seasonal songs on their head while inserting humor and joyful swing and new takes on classics in this special episode. Christian McBride hosts.
Sunday, December 24 at 9 pm
The Nightside Before Christmas
‘Twas The Nightside before Christmas
And down at the station
Poetry and Jazz of a holiday vibration.
The songs were performed in the studio live. And poetry both sacred and full of jive.
Saturday, December 30 at 8 pm
Groove Jazz Rendezvous — SmoothCool Jazz of ’23
Make a date to join us for our annual special music mix of the “CoolSmooth Jazz of 2023.” In no particular order, except for the top song of the year, it’s the rhythms, arrangements, and guest artists from Nick Colionne’s guitar licks on ”Step to This” last January to Lisa Addeo’s keyboard on “Sassified” this December with the year’s best artists on the charts in between.
Sunday, December 31 at 1 pm
New Year’s Eve La Raza Rocks Style
New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect and a time for hope in the New Year to come. Enjoy the Chicano and Latino musical perspective as we welcome the New Year.
Your host Pocho Joe may include a toast or two along the way.
Sunday, December 31 at 8 pm
TOAST OF THE NATION
An NPR tradition every New Year’s Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation highlights swinging live jazz from venues around the world. This year, hear sets from Ibrahim Maalouf, José James, Ranky Tanky, and Chucho Valdés. It’s the perfect audio complement for the occasion – festive jazz you can party to, all night long.
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