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Keanna Faircloth, Host

Keanna Faircloth, host of Jazz Encounters: Jazz Live Studio Sessions is a musician, Howard University graduate and strong advocate for jazz music and the arts. Keanna is an on-air personality for WPFW 89.3 FM hosting The Continuum Experience, Fridays from 10 pm to midnight. In June 2018, she launched her podcast, Artimacy with K. Charles on DC Radio 96.3HD4. Over the years she has interviewed: Esperanza Spalding, Christian McBride, Robert Glasper, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and others. For Jazz Encounters, her interviews

included organist Doug Carn, and bassist Ben Williams. She’s also interviewed premiere DC locals, saxophonist and educator Paul Carr and music journalist Willard Jenkins.

In 2007, Keanna founded the Harambee Harmony Piano Studio teaching music to young people. At Howard, she majored in music history and classical piano was her minor. Keanna began playing music at 5 years old when her mother overheard her playing a song she heard on the radio with a toy piano. Keanna was immediately enrolled in formal piano lessons and from that point on, her parents would take her to Jazz clubs and concerts to foster her interest in music, often making her the only child in the audience.

Keanna's philosophy on jazz music is based on her radio program The Continuum Experience. "Jazz music is a continuum; from its inception to the new artists of today. Jazz has a rich history that must be celebrated and preserved. The nature of jazz music is ever evolving, just as its improvisational nature." Keanna's personal mission is to present jazz artists to the world and she has an affinity for fostering the talent of young people who want to continue this genre of music. Hosting Jazz Encounters is an integral part of her belief to cultivate and provide a platform for current and future jazz artists and supporters alike.

Keanna Faircloth at WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington, DC. Host of The Continuum Experience.

Michael Bailey, Executive Producer

Jazz Encounters: Jazz Live Studio Sessions was created by Michael Bailey a multimedia producer, musician/composer and arts management specialist with several years of experience. The idea to produce a jazz music television magazine came to Michael in 2011. Over the years he saw a decline in jazz programming on PBS and other TV networks. Michael realized without television exposure this uniquely African American art form could be forgotten. On July 26th, 2014, the first episode was produced capturing the Fred Foss Quintet performing standards and

original compositions. Since then, over 50 programs have aired on Montgomery Community Media in four years. In 2016, Jazz Encounters won the Hometown/ACM award for Best Entertainment and Arts- Single Episode Independent Producer. Also that year, Jazz Encounters became a grantee of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, which has funded several Jazz Encounters projects.

Michael’s early career started as a band manager in Philadelphia for a number of local jazz ensembles. To get promotion for his bands, he started volunteering as a fundraiser for Temple University Public Radio, WRTI. Later, Michael was asked to audition for a slot as a music announcer. He was accepted and started working two shifts: Fridays, 3 to 6 am and Saturdays, 3 to 6 am. A few years later, Michael went on to host and produce the Philadelphia Jazz Showcase, a radio talk show that featured Philadelphia area musicians and vocalists. Michael has interviewed many world-renowned and Philadelphia musicians: Miles Davis, Max Roach, Grover Washington, Jr., Pat Martino,

and Shirley Scott to name a few. Michael hosted concerts of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Freddie Hubbard Quintet and Gary Bartz. He produced live in-concert radio broadcasts of "Little" Jimmy Scott, David Murray, Jimmy Bruno, as well as the annual Willingboro Jazz Festival. He was also House Manager for a jazz concert series at the Afro American Museum of Philadelphia. While at WRTI Jazz FM, Michael became the Business Manager for the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. He ran daily operations and managed all events for the board of directors and Executive Director. Clef Club concerts Michael managed included:

Art Ensemble of Chicago • Bobby Watson • Donald Byrd • Charles Fambrough • Benny Golson • The Crusaders

Pieces of a Dream • Joe Henderson • Greg Osby • Manhattan Burn Unit • Oliver Lake • Mose Allison • New York Voices • Joe Chambers

James Moody • Marion McPartland • The Heath Brothers • Ellis Marsalis • Odean Pope • Nikki Giovanni and more.

"Jazz music represents freedom of expression for all humankind. This expression is a power that cannot be harnessed…" Michael Bailey