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This  Spring,  Come  JAM  with  WVIA!

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and you’re invited to a month-long multi-platform celebration with Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, the Scranton Sirens and many more all-time greats. WVIA is the region’s radio home for All That Jazz, Homegrown Music Concerts, and popular jazz festivals. Add in WVIA TV’s 20th anniversary rebroadcast of the 10-episode Ken Burns JAZZ film series, a new documentary for the centennial of Charlie Parker’s birth, and dozens of other specials, plus a spotlight on the unique Chiaroscuro Records library, and this sizzlin’ JAM may spill over beyond April 30. But, that’s OK because jazz knows no boundaries! Help us warm up the airwaves as we jazz up your business this spring! 

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We're giving away a 10-dvd set of Ken Burns' Jazz in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month!

Television Highlights

KEYSTONE EDITION ARTS: Jazz and the Generations

Thursday, April 15th 8 p.m., Saturday, April 17th 6:30 p.m., Sunday, April 18th 12 p.m. 

Keystone Edition Arts celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month by exploring jazz through the experiences of  different generations in northeastern and central PA. We’ll talk with musicians who are different ages and at  different stages in their music careers.  


Thursday, April 15th 8:30 p.m. 

Narrated by singer and guitarist Leon Redbone, the Emmy-winning documentary celebrates the exceptional, yet little-known, musical legacy of one of the most significant "territory" dance bands in American musical history - the Scranton Sirens and the musicians they introduced including Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.  (60t minutes)   


To air during the WVIA education block weekdays from 11am-4pm. Times TBA. 

Showcasing local high school musicians participating in a Jazz workshop and  performing with Chiaroscuro Jazz artists. (6 programs, 30 minutes each).   


Bill Mays and the Inventions Trio - Sunday, April 4th 7 p.m.  

Dave Liebman Expansions - Sunday, April 11th 7 p.m. 

Tri-Fi - Sunday, April 18th 7 p.m. Organic Vibe Trio - Sunday, April 25th 7 p.m.   


Thursday, April 1st 8:30 p.m. 

Discover how the Cold War and Civil Rights movement collided when America asked Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman to travel as cultural ambassadors and combat racially charged Soviet propaganda through their music. (60 minutes)   


Kansas City PBS - Thursday, April 1st 9:30 p.m.

On the centennial of Charlie “Bird” Parker’s birth, look back at the years Bird spent in Kansas City and his lasting legacy on the Kansas City jazz scene. (60 minutes)  


Saturdays 10pm April 3rd through June 5th

This is a special rebroadcast on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the landmark Ken Burns  documentary series. The 10 Part series tells the story of jazz — the quintessential American art form. Follow the growth and development of jazz music from the gritty streets of New Orleans to the more egalitarian Savoy Ballroom in Harlem and beyond. (8 episodes at 2 hours each, 2 episodes at 90 minutes each)   


Thursday, April 8th 8:30 p.m.

Discover the man behind the legend. With full access to the Miles Davis Estate, the film features  never-before-seen footage, including studio outtakes from his recording sessions, rare photos, and new interviews. (2 hours)  


Friday, April 30th 9 p.m.

Enjoy an uplifting two-hour retrospective look back at 10 years of historic International Jazz Day concerts  featuring dozens of music icons. Watch unforgettable performances by Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Hugh Masekela, and many more. (2 hours) 

Radio Highlights

For more than 40 years, WVIA has been the home of jazz in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. In 2011, WVIA’s commitment to “America’s greatest art form” strengthened when the station was gifted Chiaroscuro Records, a boutique jazz label featuring some of the greatest jazz performers of all time, including Gene Krupa, Dizzy Gillespie, Mary Lou Williams, Earl Hines, and Phil Woods just to name a few. In 2012, WVIA launched The Chiaroscuro Channel on WVIA-FM HD3, and it now simulcasts on WVIA Radio overnights, exclusively playing from the original jazz catalog. Listeners can stream jazz live on WVIA anytime on and the WVIA App.  WVIA Radio has long been a home for local and national jazz acts as WVIA’s acclaimed senior producer and host George Graham has been featuring and recording them for decades. Listeners regularly tune in  weeknights at 7 p.m for George’s show All That Jazz; featuring acoustic jazz with the emphasis on today's finest performers. Throughout April, All That Jazz will feature original recordings from the 2019 Scranton Jazz Festival and the 2019 Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts.   The award-winning series, ArtScene with Erika Funke, will feature weekly jazz specials highlighting the rich history of jazz performers and composers in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Daytime classical music broadcasts on WVIA Radio will include jazz-inspired pieces that will thrill audiences as genres blend and converge.  

Additional Highlights:  


Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.  

April 7: 3D Jazz Trio (2020) 

April 14: Bill Mays & the Inventions Trio (2012)   

April 21: The Jay Leonhart Trio (2017)  

April 28: The Ingrid Jensen/Roberta Piket Quartet (2018)