Keanna Faircloth

Host, Afternoon Jazz

Keanna Faircloth is a Washington, DC native and comes to WBGO with over 16 years of experience on-air at WPFW 89.3 FM, most recently as the host of Late Night Jazz: The Continuum Experience. She is a graduate of Howard University having majored in Music History with a minor in Classical Piano. Keanna has written for NPR Music, and worked for Radio One as an on-air personality, producer and voice-over talent. She has interviewed artists like Wynton Marsalis, Matthew Whitaker, Jonathan Butler, and Dionne Warwick. As a result, she was recognised by Radio Ink Magazine as a 2019 African-American leader in radio.

In the realm of television, she has hosted a Jazz lifestyle magazine television series called, “Jazz Encounters“, as well as the self produced YouTube series "...It Was All a Dream". Keanna is excited to join the WBGO family as the host of Afternoon Jazz. Her mission to connect the Jazz of yesteryear to the sound of today is what drives her, and she plans to continue to perpetuate the idea of "Sankofa" - to "go back and get it" - in an effort to ensure the future of Jazz for generations to come.

Delphine Diallo

Thought provoking. Conscience awakening. A call to action. Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science’s new album, Waiting Game (Motéma), is a direct response to the current sociopolitical climate in America.

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Samara McLendon took first place in the eighth annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, also known as the Sassy Awards.

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After placing third in the 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Christine Fawson returns this year with renewed energy and focus.

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Daniela Spalletta is a prime example of music being a universal language. The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition brings her to the United States for the very first time in her life.

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Viktorija Gečytė started singing early in life. Although she didn’t come from a musical family, she has always been drawn to music; she would often hitchhike to music festivals around Lithuania, her home country.

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It’s baffling to know that Samara McLendon only started singing about six years ago, let alone singing jazz within the last two.

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Raised in Harlem, NY, Vivian Sessoms truly “gets it honest.” Her mother was a session and jingle singer. Her father, a former flutist and percussionist for James Brown. Music was always around in her household, and her talent was apparent early on.

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When Pedrito Martínez extended his hand for an introductory shake, I noticed how similar its texture is to the skin of a conga — as if his hands have literally become one with his instrument.