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March 2017

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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 and is broadcast Tuesdays at 9:00 PM. Special features during March include two special jazz events, a live concert with legendary bassist and vocalist Jay Leonhart and drummer Bill Goodwin on the 13th and a Homegrown Jazz session with the Paul Kendall Quintet on the 29th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info and http://www.wvia.org/radio/local/homegrown-music/

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)
Jason Vo
Jason Vo in the studio at WVIA

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.
Jay Leonhart
Jay Leonhart
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. http://www.niewood.com/
Bill Goodwin
Bill Goodwin
The two-hour radio-exclusive concert will be broadcast live on WVIA-FM, and streamed on wvia.org from the station’s Sordoni Theater. WVIA’s members and listeners may also attend. Free reservations are available on a first-come-first served basis at wvia.org

Note: Because of health reasons, Virginia Mayhew, originally scheduled to appear, will not be able to perform.

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)
Poor Man's Gambit
Poor Man's Gambit at WVIA
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)
Plus 3
Plus 3 performing at WVIA
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.
Kaleigh Baker
Kaleigh Baker in the studio at WVIA
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.
Paul Kendall Quintet
Paul Kendall Quintet in the Sordoni Theater at WVIA

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