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In 1982, I moved to Denver to attend law school at the University of Denver and put my radio career on hold. After I graduated and worked as a lawyer for a couple years, I decided to get back into it. KUVO had gone on the air in 1985 with a jazz format and ran, almost exclusively, on volunteer power. In 1988, a radio acquaintance told me that the program director there was always looking for experienced announcers so, after getting a couple years as a lawyer under my belt, I contacted Carlos Lando, program director at KUVO. I quickly landed a Tuesday evening slot and I've been there ever since. Twenty-five years later, I still enjoy going to the studio on Tuesday evenings to play jazz on the radio from 7 to 10. BTW, Lando is still there too and, for my money, is one of the best program directors around. I say that not only because he lets the DJs more or less play what we want, but also because it works! The station has a great sound. It's diverse, yet it hangs together.

I've always been a music proselytizer and radio has given me a great opportunity to do that. Writing concert reviews and emailing them to friends was another step in that process. Being able to post those reviews on All About Jazz gives me a wider distribution to talk about the music that I enjoy and often touches my soul. Hopefully, through all this, I can inspire others to seek out and hear music that can inspire them as well.

What was the first record you bought that you would still listen to today? Up until recently, the answer to that question was Who's Next (Decca, 1971) and Led Zeppelin IV (Atlantic, 1971) both purchased on the same fateful day in 1971. These were the first two rock records I bought and I'm still impressed that I picked those two because they are clearly two of the top albums of the Classic Rock era.

I became enamored with music at a very early age. The interest was encouraged by my parents who bought me a little record player and records about things like train songs. As I got older, I wanted to buy my own records, but my parents weren't too sure about that Rock 'n Roll stuff I was interested in. The compromise, for a time, was that I was allowed to buy non-rock albums and I gravitated to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

Recently, I watched the movie "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." In the movie, the Keira Knightley character spends about half her time carrying around about a dozen of her prized records. The one that was always on top was Herb Alpert's Beat of the Brass (A&M, 1968), easily identifiable by the back cover with Herb standing in the middle of a field of bright yellow flowers. I still have that album! After watching the movie, I had to pull it out and listen to it. It includes Alpert's first hit vocal, "This Guy's In Love With You"(!) They even played that song in the movie.

What type of jazz do you enjoy listening to the most? I try to listen to all of it. One of the great things about my volunteer airshift at KUVO is that I can listen to many of the new releases coming out. I try to play about 40% new music when I'm on the air.

I particularly like hearing new things. It's great fun hearing jazz musicians pulling in many different influences to come up with something new.

Aside from jazz, what styles of music do you enjoy? Like many AAJ contributors, I have a broad agenda. This morning I listened to Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." Last night, I substituted on the All Blues program on KUVO, playing two hours of blues on the radio. I enjoy a great funk show (Maceo Parker; Porter, Batiste, Stoltz; Tower of Power; Trombone Shorty). Classic Rock and 1970s Progressive Rock still have a hold on me. Having lived in Colorado almost all my life, I've heard plenty of bluegrass and a hot bluegrass band will light me up.

What are you listening to right now? This very moment? Roseanna Vitro singing Ray Charles.

In general:

Trombone Shorty, For True (Verve Forecast, 2011) Cassandra Wilson, Another Country (Entertainment One, 2012) Shemekia Copeland, 33 1/3 (Telarc, 2012) Alison Krauss & Union Station, Paper Airplane (Rounder, 2011)

Which five recent releases would you recommend to readers who share your musical taste? Pat Metheny Unity Band (Nonesuch, 2012) Brad Mehldau Trio, Ode (Nonesuch, 2012) Vintage Trouble, The Bomb Shelter Sessions (Vintage Trouble Publishing, 2011) Kate Bush, 50 Words for Snow (Fish People, 2011) Toronzo Cannon, Leaving Mood (Delmark, 2011)

What inspired you to write about jazz? See #1, above.

What do you like to do in your free time? Any hobbies? Skiing is my main non-music interest. I've been skiing since about age 8. Literally, I can have more fun on skis than almost any human has ever had in the history of the world. Between the music scene and the world class skiing, Colorado is pretty much the best place to live in the entire universe.


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