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This playlist includes an hour of 2014's Best 'Under the Radar' songs, as broadcast Saturday night December 20 2014 on Aspen Public Radio's Aspenbeat show.  Aspenbeat tends towards singer songwriter, contemplative, under the radar songs, with an emphasis on pop and rock and roll tunes.  Yes, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainer, Ariana Grande, St. Vincent -- they've all released powerhouse songs this year.  Those songs aren't on this list -- Aspenbeat is out to introduce you to some tunes that you might not be hearing on the radio or including on your Spotify playlist or Pandora station. Featuring both emerging and established artists including Willie Nelson, The New Basement Tapes, Stevie Nicks, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, Mariah Carey, Indiana, Jackson Browne, The Doobie Brothers, Dr. John, The Breithaupt Brothers featuring Ron Sexsmith, Tei Shi, Birds Over Arkansas, Kids On Bridges and Paolo Nutini. And we ran out of time but also Adam Levine and his 'Lost Stars' song from the 'Begin Again' movie.

Lit Up Inside: Van Morrison's Book of Lyrics

Dec 7, 2014

"The lyrics in this book span 50 years of writing and as such are representative of my creative journey"-- Van Morrison

Aspenbeat's show this weekend included a selection of tunes by Van Morrison.  That's because publishing company City Lights recently(10/28/14) released a fascinating book (especially if you're a Van Morrison fan)  of Morrison's lyrics called 'Lit Up Inside'.   The book collects the lyrics of about 100 songs chosen by Morrison himself from his 50-year, 34-album career. 

Interview with Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty

Sep 13, 2014

Aspenbeat Radio: Interview with Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty Sep 13 2014

"It’s a celebration of making music, because music is more important than anything really, as far as we’re concerned."
--Jon Anderson, Sep 2014, Anderson Ponty Band

Stephen Harris (aka "Haggis") of Mt. Sinai Medical School. Harris was a bassist with the heavy metal band The Cult in the 80s, a painter and rock climber in the 90s and is now a documentary filmmaker and third year medical student at Mt. Sinai in NYC. This is the final part in a 2-part series.

Marci Krivonen

The music department at the Aspen School District is growing, despite the odds. The budget for music is minimal compared to schools in other states. Last week though, the school welcomed its first ever musician in residence who taught middle and high school students jazz. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen visited band practice and filed this report.

Band practice is in full swing on a Wednesday afternoon. Students with saxophones, trumpets and drums tap their feet as the piece they’re playing reaches a crescendo.

Stephen Harris (aka "Haggis") of Mt. Sinai Medical School. Harris was a bassist with the heavy metal bandThe Cult in the 80s, a painter and rock climber in the 90s and is now a documentary filmmaker and third year medical student at Mt. Sinai in NYC. Part 1 of 2.

Rob St. Mary

Legendary singer/songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker and Jimmy Ibbotson, formerly of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, join host Daniel Shaw on “Check 1, 2”. This live one-hour special is just ahead of Jerry Jeff Walker’s performance at the Wheeler Opera House on Saturday evening.

For more on the show at the Wheeler Opera House: http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com/events/detail/jerry-jeff-walker-1

Daniel Shaw

For nearly three decades, legendary saxophonist Karl Denson has been getting crowds around the world out on the dance floor.  Approaching iconic status, Denson has moved bodies and minds dating back to his earliest years with Lenny Kravitz‘s band through his ongoing tenure as a founding member of seminal boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars and his current roll as a member of San Diego dub rockers Slightly Stoopid.  Nowhere, however, is this more apparent than with his band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.  Touring relentlessly for the past 15 years and leaving a massive audience in his wake, fans know that when KDTU is in town a dance party will ensue.

In Winter 2014, Karl and his band are back on the road for a 20-date plus tour that hits both coasts, highlighted by a three-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl, the Jungle Jam festival in Costa Rica and a co-bill with moe. in York, PA. The run is in support of a brand latest studio album, New Ammo. A relentless 13-track collection, it’s Denson’s debut release on Slightly Stoopid’s record label, Stoopid Records. Alongside Denson originals like the title track and “Everybody Knows That,” which have become fan favorites from his live sets, KDTU offers up searing versions of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, “Hang Me Up To Dry” by Cold War Kids and “Sure Shot” by The Beastie Boys. The first single “My Baby,” features Nicki Bluhm on vocals.

In Denson’s own words: “We’ve finally figured out how to capture in the studio what the Tiny Universe does live. We move around a lot musically, but this record reflects who we are as a band and where we’re headed with our music.”

For more about Karl Denson's Tiny Universe: http://karldenson.us/home/

For more about Belly Up Aspen: http://www.bellyupaspen.com/

Remembering Don Voltmer: Long-Time, Beloved Jazz Host

Feb 18, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of long-time, beloved “Jazz from Aspen” host Don Voltmer. He was 78.

A Detroit native and graduate of Michigan State University, Voltmer lived and worked in Cleveland for IBM for four years before moving to Aspen from Denver in 1972.

Voltmer said that his love of jazz started at age 12 when he heard the big band sounds of Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. He began filling in on air on Aspen Public Radio on Thursday evenings in February 1998 for another long-time jazz host, Stu Huck.

In his station bio, Voltmer said playing jazz on Aspen Public Radio had always been a “…great time for the three hours I get to play my kind of jazz, and I hope it shows. Many thanks to all our listeners who have become members of Aspen Public Radio with each fund drive!”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

You can hear some recent shows by Don in the player below

Aspenbeat’s “Salute to The Beatles” is 50 minutes of uninterrupted Beatles songs.  The Beatles released about 200 songs on 13 albums.  These are 18 favorites, along with an interview with Lindsay Lou of Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys at the end of the show.

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