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Miles Davis was one of the most influential jazz musicians in the history of jazz - he was at the forefront of cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, orchestral arrangements, and jazz-fusion. 

His decline began in the mid-1970s, from which he never recovered during the 70s and 80s.  This week we’ll hear selections from his various periods, and explore the genius of Mile Davis' career. 

The Jazz Excursion is heard on 91.5 KRCC Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Robyn Walsh / Via Miette Hope

Musician and Colorado Springs native Miette "Mimi" Hope caught a big break in 2014, when she was awarded a full scholarship from Vans to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. In the years since, she has performed with John Mayer, collaborated with the Boston Conservatory, and released a number of recordings, both solo and with her band, Auva. 

More Brothers In Jazz

Sep 12, 2017
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This Sunday evening on the Jazz Excursion we’ll hear from the Jones brothers (Hank, Thad, and Elvin), and the Adderley brothers (Julian – aka “Cannonball” – and Nat) to complete last week’s theme of Brothers In Jazz.

We’ll also hear the music of pianist Bill Evans from a newly discovered 1968 recording, plus some old favorites and some new releases. The Jazz Excursion is heard on 91.5 KRCC and streaming on krcc.org, Sunday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m.

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The Imagination Celebration is giving area residents the opportunity to connect to distant lands and cultures from right here in Colorado Springs. As part of the annual What If Festival in downtown Colorado Springs this Saturday, the Imagination Celebration has stationed a "portal" -- a golden shipping container outfitted with a camera, microphone, and an eight-by-eight-foot projection screen -- at the Pioneers Museum. The portal functions like a giant, community Skype box, linking up with other portals stationed in places as diverse as Gaza, Berlin, and Brooklyn.

What If... / Imagination Celebration

91.5 KRCC will be hosting a day of music at the What If Festival this Saturday September 9. Join us on the Nosh Patio from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for music with Crystal and the Curious, New Vintage Jazz, Ryan Flores, My Name is Harriet, Edith Makes a Paperchain, and the Reminders.

The 91.5 KRCC Music Stage will be in the beer garden on the Nosh Patio - bring a folding chair, some sunscreen, and a state issued ID if you want to enjoy a beer along with all the great live music.  

Brothers In Jazz

Sep 6, 2017
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Sometimes music runs in families - this week we’ll be featuring several sets of brothers who have made their marks in jazz; they include the Marsalis, Heath, Jones, Adderley, Montgomery, Brecker, and other brothers in jazz. We’ll hear music from the brothers individually and in combination. The Jazz Excursion is heard on Sunday evenings, 7 to 10 p.m., on 91.5 KRCC and streaming on krcc.org.

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This week on Air Check we to talk to local electronic musician Jackson Jason about his surprising rise to fame on the internet; Colorado Springs native Miette Hope reflects on her musical career and her time so far studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston; We hear singers from Gaza, a violinist in Rwanda, and more through a portal in front of the Pioneers Museum in downtown Colorado Springs; and we take a minute to talk about some of our favorite local music.

Jake Brownell

Labor Day Weekend is a time for rest and relaxation, (or at least it is supposed to be), so the Jazz Excursion will be taking it easy this Sunday evening. We’ll hear some old favorites and some new releases, mostly of the mellow kind.

The Jazz Excursion is heard each Sunday evening, 7 to 10 p.m., on 91.5 KRCC and streaming on krcc.org or you can access past episodes on our new Music on Demand website at mod.krcc.org.

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The summer just isn't complete without a Red Rocks show, and this summer's concert season is starting to end. Here's your chance to win two tickets for this Friday's concert with Father John Misty at Red Rocks - be listening to 91.5 KRCC Music this Thursday night between 7 and 10 when Jeff gives away a pair of tickets. 

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The 91.5 KRCC mobile app is making it easier to listen to music anytime, anywhere. If you missed Vicky's show last night, you can listen to it now, or listen to it later with the new and improved mobile app for iPhones and Android devices. Just click on 91.5 KRCC Music in the top navigation bar.

Two weeks of archived shows are available at any time - listen to Rasta Ron's Reggae show during breakfast, enjoy the Blue Plate Special during your lunch hour, or calm down with Vicky's evening show on your afternoon commute.

Update your app now at the iTunes App Store or with Google Play, and tap into the tunes from 91.5 KRCC Music 24/7!

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1959 was a Golden Year for jazz. It was a year in which some of the greatest innovators in jazz were recorded on five of the most influential albums in jazz history, and it was also a year in which three great jazz musicians died. 

This Sunday on the Jazz Excursion between 7 and 10 p.m., we’ll listen to those albums, and we’ll hear the music of the jazz musicians who made 1959 remarkable.

You can also listen to Dick's show in our updated 91.5 KRCC Mobile app available on iTunes and Google Play.

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The Jazz Excursion theme for Sunday, August 13 is “The Leftovers”.

Each week the Jazz Excursion playlist grows to more than can be played in the time available (3 hours, Sundays 7 to 10 p.m.). This week we'll hear leftovers from the past few weeks. Leftovers are often as good or better than the original meal – the same is true of the Jazz Excursion leftovers.

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On this episode of Air Check, members of the band Woodshed Red serve up a bluegrass take on Pink Floyd and discuss their eclectic influences in the studio at 91.5 KRCC; Cold Heart Revival performs a few songs from their debut LP, Over The Water; representatives from Flux Capacitor and Pikes Peak Library District explain how a beloved DIY space found a new home in the local library; Tomás Pagán Motta shares his thoughts on songwriting, touring, and hearing his own music on the Netflix TV show, Flaked; and we share our favorite songs from the past month.

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Last week on the Jazz Excursion we heard jazz standards based on the popular music composed by Harold Arlen.  This week we’ll hear music composed by and for jazz musicians  - all jazz musicians compose in real time (improvise) but some jazz musicians write down and publish their music.  We’ll hear from them on the Jazz Excursion this Sunday, August 6, 7:00 to 10:00 PM, on 91.5 KRCC and streaming on krcc.org.

Gold Room

Big Jon Atkinson and Bob Corritore will take the stage at the Gold Room Friday night before Blues Under the Bridge on Saturday, July 29th. It's another pre-festival event featuring the Chicago blues harp mastery of Bob Corritore, and Big Jon Atkinson - the next generation of blues guitar players.   

Gold Room

Rockabilly band The Paladins will be on stage Thursday evening July 27th at the Mining Exchange Gold Room.  The band has recorded nine studio albums and developed a reputation as one of the best live rockabilly bands in the country. 

Get your dance on Thursday evening at the Gold Room, and then revisit the band Saturday, July 29th at Blues Under the Bridge.

The first 100 Blues Under the Bridge ticket holders admitted FREE!

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Blues Under the Bridge gets underway Wednesday evening with Jeremy Vasquez and the Survivors at Ivywild. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are $10 at the venue - the first 25 Blues Under the Bridge ticket holders will get in free. 

The pre-fest parties move to the Gold Room on Thursday and Friday evenings, with the Paladins playing on the 27th, and Big Jon Atkinson and Bob Corritore playing on the 28th. Doors are at 7 and tickets are $10 at the venue - the first 100 Blues Under the Bridge ticket holders will get free admission Thursday and Friday evenings.

Get more information about Blues Under the Bridge and buy your tickets here!

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Music Makes Life Better!

Tune into 91.5 KRCC Music next Monday through Thursday July 24th-27 during Vicky's show 7-10pm for your chance to win Dwight Yoakam tickets at the Pikes Peak Center.  

The first person to call the station when Vicky plays a Dwight Yoakam song between 7pm and 10pm will win a pair of tickets to the concert on August 2nd.  Four days, four songs, four pair of tickets - be listening! 

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Each year Downbeat Magazine conducts a poll of jazz critics to determine their favorite musicians, songs, and albums – there are around 60 categories.   91.5 KRCC'S Dick Fairly will be featuring some of the critic’s favorites this Sunday evening, July 23rd on the Sunday Evening Jazz Excursion between 7:00 and 10:00pm,.

The annual Readers Poll is still open - you don’t have to be a Downbeat subscriber to participate.  Go to The 2017 Downbeat Readers Poll and vote now!

Route 61

 

BJ Estares And Route 61 will be priming the pump for Blues Under the Bridge Week with a dinner show at Whole Foods Cafe on Wednesday July 19th.

Following BJ Estares on Wednesday the 26th, Jeremy Vasquez and the Survivors will be playing Ivywild, the Paladins will play the Gold Room on Thursday the 27th, and Bob Corritore and Big Jon Atkinson will take over the Gold Room on Friday night July 28th. Pre-festival and full festival details are online at BluesUnderTheBridge.org.

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Join us for an Inaugural 91.5 KRCC Music Event with Tomas Pagan Motta, and in/PLANES at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

This is a free show for 91.5 KRCC Music fans on Friday evening August 11th at 7pm  and seating is limited - RSVP through the Fine Arts Center box office limit two per reservation please.

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July is America’s birthday month, and on this episode of Air Check we get a hint of Vicky’s playlist for 4th of July celebrations; Jake talks with Roberto Houston of Black Pegasus about his rapping career; local musician Nina de Freitas joins us for an in-studio performance and interview; we look ahead to the 11th Annual Blues Under the Bridge festival on July 29th, 2017; and we share our favorite new releases from the past month.

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If you’ve spent any time in the Broadmoor neighborhood of Colorado Springs, you’ve probably heard a chorus of musical chimes float down Cheyenne Mountain to the valley below.

Jake Brownell / 91.5 KRCC

On this episode of Air Check, three more favorite songs from Jeff, Jake and Vicky, a talk with the Denver-based band the Flobots about their musical mission, we have a listen to the swan songs of I Sank Molly Brown during their last live performance as a band at Right Heel Studios, Jake and Jeff investigate the musical history of the Will Rogers Shrine on the side of Cheyenne Mountain, and three must-see concert events of the summer/fall music season. 

NPR

Invisibilia is Latin for "invisible things." The program explores the unseen forces that shape human behavior -- things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions -- interweaving narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently. The show is co-hosted by a trio of NPR's award-winning journalists, Alix Spiegel, Lulu Miller and Hanna Rosin, who have roots at This American Life, Radiolab and The Atlantic.

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This month on Air Check, Sub Pop alumna Sera Cahoone hangs out with Vicky and performs a couple of songs, John Bueno from Pueblo’s Pulp magazine chats with The Brightest Quasar over a cup of coffee, local producer Bill Douglass talks about working with Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan, and Hannah Fleming explores the many stages of a rock and roll career with Chuck Snow and the Youthful Nothings. 

Blues Under the Bridge
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On Saturday, July 29th, the 11th Annual 91.5 KRCC Blues Under the Bridge Festival will feature six-time Grammy Award Winners the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Paladins, Bob Corritore and Big Jon Atkinson, Erica Brown with Movers and Shakers, and Mike Clark and Sugarsounds. 

Pre-festival parties will include Jeremy Vasquez and the Survivors on Wednesday, July 26th, the Paladins on Thursday, July 27th, and Bob Corritore on Friday night, July 28th. 

Tickets go on sale Monday, May 1st.

91.5 KRCC member tickets ONLY will be available at the 91.5 KRCC Offices, 912 N Weber St, for $40.

General public tickets will be available at Ivywild Drygoods, and online at Ticketfly.com.  There will be a limited number of VIP seats available for $91.50.

More about the 2017 91.5 KRCC Blues Under the Bridge Festival available here.

NPR Tiny Desk Concerts

In addition to VuHaus you can see great video content with NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts.  Local talent Alex Koushak showed up there earlier this year - maybe one of your friends has been there too!  Check our the vast archive of Tiny Desk Concerts here.

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Colorado Springs resident Craig Carnick had a front row seat to one of the great eras in American music. Back in the 1960s, he worked the night shift as a recording engineer at Motown Studios in Detroit, Michigan.

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April's episode of Air Check announces NPR's Tiny Desk Series move to Colorado Springs--just kidding. But it does bring Colorado Springs musician and Alex Koshak back from a tour with Esme Patterson, where they performed at the real Tiny Desk in NPR's headquarters in Washington D.C. John Craigie, modern-day troubadour, drops in to play a few songs from his new album No Rain, No Rose; Craig Carnick tells the story of Motown Studios where he worked the night shift as a recording engineer in the 1960s; and the Bells of St. Vrain share the art of handbell performance.  

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