Mar. 7 Jason Vo. Northeastern Pennsylvania acoustic guitarist Jason Vo returns to Homegrown Music with a new set of original instrumental pieces spotlighting his distinctive percussive playing style. (Encore from 2015)
Mar. 13 A Homegrown Music Concert with THE JAY LEONHART TRIO and THE BILL GOODWIN QUARTET. WVIA’s monthly series of two-hour live radio concert broadcasts continues with an evening of world class jazz featuring artists who have recorded for the Chiaroscuro Jazz label.
Jazz bassist, composer and vocalist Jay Leonhart is a much respected and ubiquitous artist who has performed with legends such as Judy Garland, Duke Ellington, Marian McPartland, Mel Torme, Sting and James Taylor to name a few. The composer of songs ranging from witty to poignant, he will be making his Homegrown Music debut with an all-star trio featuring two of the members of the Diva Orchestra, drummer-leader Sherrie Maricle and pianist Tomoko Ohno.
Drummer Bill Goodwin has a professional jazz career that goes back to 1959, with credits too numerous to mention, but is best known for his 40+ years with the Phil Woods Group. He has appeared on several Chiaroscuro releases, and was the producer of "New Celebration" with Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra. He will be joined by a brilliant young pianist Jon Ballantyne, who put in impressive performances at the 2016 Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts. Ballantyne and Goodwin are collaborating on a new recording. On bass is Tony Marino, with a remarkably wide-ranging career, including a quarter century with the David Liebman Group. Marino has been a guest many times on Homegrown Music. On sax, Adam Niewood, a second generation jazz saxophonist, son of the late Gerry Niewood, and who has become a significant figure in his own light.
As usual WVIA’s members are invited to attend the live concert at in the station’s Sordoni Studio-Theater. Free audience reservations are available on a first-come-first-served basis here. Note: start time 8:00 PM.
Mar. 14 Poor Man's Gambit. In time for St. Patrick’s Day, a fine Celtic trio from the Lehigh Valley, featuring second-generation Homegrown Music artist Corey Purcell. (Encore from 2015)
Mar. 21 Plus 3. From the Homegrown Music archive comes this 2003 series debut of an outstanding melodic rock band from the Wyoming Valley. The group is still occasionally active, and this session shows the band in fine form. (Encore)
Mar. 28 Kaleigh Baker. A soulful, energetic singer-songwriter originally from Upstate New York, Ms. Baker is a regular in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Her songs have the energy of rock but are performed in an acoustic context in this encore of her 2015 Homegrown Music debut.
Mar. 29 A Homegrown Jazz Special: The Paul Kendall Quintet. Veteran Lehigh Valley saxophonist Paul Kendall got his start on clarinet in the fourth grade in school, and has been playing reeds ever since, playing baritone sax in big bands led by Ken McIntyre and Charli Persip. Now specializing on tenor sax, he regularly performs with the Skip Wilkins Quintet and Dave Leonhardt. For his Homegrown Music debut, he will be joined by pianist Patrick Poladian, whose original compositions the group will be performing. Also in the group are trumpeter Marc Neely, Paul Rostock on bass and Daniel Gonzalez on drums. Note airing at 7 PM during WVIA’s All That Jazz.
Radio - Local Programs
with George Graham
Part of Mixed Bag, Tuesdays at 9pm on WVIA-FM
Homegrown Music with George Graham presents a wide range of rock, folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues, reggae, World Music, fusion, etc., in short, all the types of music that Mixed Bag presents, with new studio sessions from the region's finest and most creative musicians. The emphasis is on all-original material, or highly original interpretations of old, obscure, or seldom-heard music. Each show features a different performance, with occasional encore broadcasts from the series' nearly 40-year archive.
The series presents monthly two-hour concert-broadcasts from the Sordoni High Definition Theater at WVIA. To reserve your seat for an upcoming concert,.
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Homegrown Music Sessions
Generally, a performer must has no less than 20 minutes of completed music to be considered to be part of Homegrown Music. The ideal length is about a half hour, with the maximum length of just under an hour. (Longer segments can be broken up and broadcast on two different programs.) The length of each song thus determines how many tunes would be involved. Submit a physical demonstration recording on CD (or even cassette) to the following address: WVIA-FM, George Graham - Homegrown Music, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston, PA 18640-6197. The sound quality of the recording is not important, as long as all the instruments and vocals can be heard. Homemade recordings or recordings made from the mixing board at a live show are fine. Include what you feel is representative of the music you wish to perform on Homegrown Music, and the recording should preferably include all the personnel you hope to use during the studio recording session. You may include a large selection of songs, or just a few if you feel they accurately represent your style, level of musicianship and creativity. Be sure to include an e-mail address or phone number at which you can be reached during the evening.
If you wish to check on your demo's status, phone (570) 602-1165, during weekday evening hours. Because of the huge proliferation of music and bands on the internet, there is no guarantee that sending a link to a website will result in an audition. To ensure that the music will get a fair hearing, please send a physical recording to the above address.
Meet the Team
One of the first staff members at WVIA. Produces and hosts Mixed Bag, All That Jazz and Homegrown Music on WVIA Radio, and the Homegrown Music Concerts on WVIA-TV.
Graham was the first employee of WVIA Radio, and has been on the WVIA staff since 1972. A native and resident of Carbondale, PA, he is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he majored in electrical engineering. He joined the WVIA staff in connection with the studio design and construction of WVIA-FM, but with his four years of on-air experience at the Duke University radio station, he immediately moved into on-air work. He sought to bring the kind of eclectic contemporary music radio programming that marked student radio at Duke (where he was program director) in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
He introduced Mixed Bag, which has become purportedly the longest continuously-running program of what is now called "album adult alternative" music in the country. Graham introduced Homegrown Music, a program to spotlight talented regional artists in performances from the station's studio. The series has been running continuously as a weekly series since 1976, and includes weekly recording session broadcasts, and monthly live concerts performed before a studio audience.
He also hosts WVIA's All That Jazz, and presents extensive annual radio coverage of the region's jazz festivals from Delaware Water Gap and Scranton. Graham has written for regional publications, and also works as a free-lance recording engineer, producer and mastering engineer.