Michael K. Bailey, Executive Producer
Jazz Encounters: Jazz Live Studio Sessions was created by Michael Bailey a multimedia specialist, and musician/composer with over 30 years of experience in the communications industry and arts management.
In 2014, Michael noticed very little jazz music programming on PBS, cable and other television networks. He realized without television exposure this uniquely African American art form could be forgotten. In July of that year he began taping musicians in Studio A at Montgomery Community Media.
Michael's love of jazz music dates back to childhood when he purchased his first long playing record (LP) by Louis Armstrong . As a freshman at University of Hartford, he attended jazz music history classes taught by jazz giant and alto saxophonist Jackie McLean. "JMac" told great stories about Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and others that had a lasting effect on Michael.
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Michael’s early
career included working for Temple University Public Radio station, WRTI. As a
music announcer and radio talk show host, he interviewed many world-renowned
and Philadelphia musicians: Miles Davis, Max Roach, Grover Washington, Jr., Pat
Martino, and Shirley Scott. Michael hosted concerts of Art Blakey and the Jazz
Messengers, Freddie Hubbard 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 the 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
Fred H. Foss, Artistic Director
Frederick “Fred” Henry Foss was born 1949 in Queens, New York. Educated in the New York public school system, and upon graduation from Flushing High School, Fred was offered a scholarship to attend the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. While in college, Fred embraced various academic opportunities available to him, including studying abroad in Tunisia and Malta. For some reason, Fred was drawn to the saxophone, and at age 19, started studying music. Remarkably, by age 20, Fred was playing professionally; thanks to his teacher Rene Mclean, as well as the encouragement from Rene’s father, Jackie Mclean. During his college years, Fred performed in various R&B bands and began to experiment with jazz music, which is where he found his niche.
After graduating from college, Fred Foss joined the
Lionel Hampton Orchestra, honing his craft for 4 years. He enjoyed additional musical experiences
with renowned artists and groups such as: Hugh Masekela, Dollar Brand, Tito
Puente, Patti Labelle, The Temptations, The Four Tops. He also worked with the
National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
In 1980, Fred decided to make Washington, DC his permanent home. While based in the District, he performed part of the year in Bermuda as a saxophonist for the Princess Hotel’s eponymous orchestra. As he continued to collaborate and perform, Fred felt the need to share his love of music with young musicians of Washington, DC. Following several years of teaching music at the Fillmore School, Fred created the Fred Foss Youth Orchestra. This endeavor started in the basement of his home, and not long after began attracting local and international attention. Comprised of approximately 15 middle-school students, Fred's youth orchestra became sought-after musicians, enjoying compensation for their performances. In the year 2000, the group was honored by an invitation from esteemed Cuban musician, Chucho Valdes, to play in Cuba’s Havana Jazz Festival. Today, many former members of the Fred Foss Youth Orchestra enjoy careers as professional musicians, working with artists from stage to film.