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May 2009

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Homegrown Music is WVIA-FM's exclusive series which each week showcases the talents of regional contemporary music artists in recordings produced in the WVIA-FM studios by series host George Graham. Special features during April include a live concert-broadcast on the 18th and a Homegrown Jazz special on the 13th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info and http://www.wvia.org/radio/homegrown.html

May 5 Jamie Leonhart. A fine jazz-influenced vocalist and composer, Jamie Leonhart is part of a talented family, including her husband, Steely Dan trumpeter Michael Leonhart, and her father-in-law jazz bass great Jay Leonhart. Jamie Leonhart performs a collection of her fine songs, in "chanteuse" style in the company of her husband and an excellent small group, in this encore from 2007.

Jamie Leonhart
Jamie Leonhart with band at WVIA: Mark Dalio, Jamie Loenhart, Michael Leonhart, Gary Wang

Dakota at WVIA in 2005
Jerry Hludzik and Bill Kelly in a Dakota reunion in 2005 at WVIA
May 12 Dakota/Jerry-Kelly. On May 13, Mixed Bag, the program of which Homegrown Music is a part, marks its 35th anniversary as a daily part of WVIA's schedule. To mark the occasion, George Graham goes into the archive for early recordings in 1977 and 1978 by Jerry Hludzik and Bill Kelly just as they were founding the band that would become Dakota, and later tour worldwide with Queen and others. The group's Homegrown Music recordings were what got the band signed to their record deal at the time. This encore spotlights many of those original recordings, digitally restored.

May 13 A Homegrown Jazz Special with THE EDDIE SEVERN TRIO. British-born trumpeter Eddie Severn has been part of the regional scene for a few years now, appearing at regional jazz festivals, and performing as a part of the Phil Woods' Big Band. He makes his second appearance on Homegrown Music with a new set of original pieces inspired by the paintings of M.C. Escher. He is joined by acclaimed pianist Phil Markowitz and bassist Paul Rostock. Note: Start time 7:00 PM during WVIA's All That Jazz. (Rescheduled from April 15.)

Eddie Severn
Eddie Severn

May 18 A Live Homegrown Music Concert with MIKE AGRANOFF and CABINET. WVIA's unique series of monthly live concert-broadcasts continues with a popular folk-humorist, and an up-and-coming regional bluegrass/jam band just signed to a national record label.

Mike Agranoff
Mike Agranoff
Mike Agranoff combines an expertise in traditional music with a great sense of humor to create songs ranging from hilarious parodies to engrossing storytelling, and he's a multi-instrumentalist to boot. He returns to Homegrown Music for another appearance with a new collection of material.

Cabinet is a young Northeastern Pennsylvania band who have been attracting ever-increasing audiences with their blend of bluegrass, rock and jam-band music. They caught the eye of Ropeadope Records (Dirty Dozen Brass Band; Medesky, Martin & Wood), who are releasing their debut recording for the label. To mark their release they make their Homegrown Music concert debut for what promises to be a great evening of energetic music.

Cabinet recording at WVIA in 2007
As usual, WVIA's listeners are invited to be part of the studio audience in the WVIA High Definition Studio Theater. Admission is free by advance reservation. Reserve seats at http://www.wvia.org or by phone at 570-655-2808.

Mike Miz
Mike Miz at WVIA
May 19 Mike Miz. Guitarist and singer-songwriter Mike Mizwinski was a guest during Billy Rogan's live Homegrown Music concert set back in February. Recently he was invited to tour in a revival of the art-rock band Gong. He makes his series debut leading his own group, including his father Mike Mizwinski, Sr., and bassist Jim D'Assenzo, with some fine original songs marked by outstanding guitar work.

May 26 Lisa Moscatiello with Rosie Shipley. Celtic-influenced music is featured in this memorable session from 2004 featuring guitarist and vocalist extraordinaire Lisa Moscatiello and fiddler Rosie Shipley.

Lisa Moscatiello and Rosie Shipley

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