On Wednesday, January 27, the performing arts TV series “On Canvas” will present Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society in a performance taped at the International House in Philadelphia’s University City area a few months earlier. The “On Canvas” series features a variety of performing artists, including of course jazz. Among the past performers on the show are Lionel Loueke, Terence Blanchard, Stanley Jordan, Arturo O’Farrill and his Latin Jazz Orchestra, Melody Gardot, and most recently, Catherine Russell.
The show is co-produced by Hugh Haynie, whose background was in marketing and television, and Heidi Saman, who came from the world of film. The two have combined to produce a television show that focuses solely on the artists and their music. Since debuting in May 2008, they have taped about 50 episodes of “On Canvas” for WHYY TV, the local PBS station.