Minnesota Music Profiles

Series produced by KBEM

Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
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Each item in the series tells how a musicians is inspired, how s/he works, their goals and intents for their work; in general, how each gets motivation and follows through with a creative project.

Each Minnesota Music Profile focuses on a musician or group. Listeners learn some of the behind-the-scenes stuff related to the creative process. Programs in the series are under 10 minutes in length. They can be run anytime because they are not time sensitive. These pieces are especially appropriate when subjects perform in the areas served by given radio stations.


255 Pieces

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Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Cornbread Harris is perhaps Minnesota’s most iconic musician. He’s still going strong at 92 years old, playing shows around town. Cornbread's given...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
John Penny started in music as a jazz guitarist, but found that he loved composing. He writes for bands he is part of, and he also composes such th...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jon de Vaal, Credit: Jennifer Russell
Jon de Vaal plays solo, and in a trio, and sometimes with a singer. But most of his work is as a background pianist. But people often tell Jon that...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Sweet Colleens, Credit: Stefan Iwaskewycz
The Sweet Colleens has been playing around the Twin Cities since 1999. That’s when Jeremy Greenhouse arrived from his hometown of Conostogo, Ontari...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Guitarist Daniel Volovets has two careers going: guitar performance and medicine. The music and medicine combination might like a full plate, but i...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Pat Donohue, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Pat Donohue and the Prairie All Stars grew out of Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band on the Prairie Home Companion radio show. The group is still fresh and s...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Emily Kastrul, Credit: Taylor Doniskey
Sister Species combines a pop sensibility with orchestral arrangements. It’s song lyrics come ultimately from a combination of lived experience and...

  • Added: May 19, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Bloodline, Credit: Jason Larkin
Keyboardist John Keston bassist and vocalist Cody McKinney and percussionist Pete Hennig combine to form Bloodline. The group is interested not onl...

  • Added: May 18, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Matt Wilson and His Orchestra, Credit: Becca Dilley
Matt Wilson and His Orchestra features a songwriter and vocalist with a backing band of stringed instruments that you wouldn’t expect in a pop orie...

  • Added: May 16, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Minnesota guitarist Michael Hauser has had a 50-plus year flamenco guitar career based in the Twin Cities. Michael’s work is built on multiple trip...

  • Added: May 05, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, Credit: Zak Nichols
Galactic Cowboy Orchestra started when John Wright got the idea that it would be cool to be part of a jazz fusion band. And despite that he and fut...

  • Added: May 01, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: High 48s, Credit: Greg Johnson
The high 48s is a long-lasting group and has several CDs to its credit. Phil Nusbaum talked with High 48s fiddler and vocalist Eric Christopher abo...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Einer's Klezmorim, Credit: Sue Ruby
Klezmer music is an expression of Jewish people whose heritage is Europe. But what does the word Klezmer mean? That’s what Phil Nusbaum asked Judit...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jack Brass Band, Credit: Jackson Tyler Eddy
The Jack Brass Band plays with the kind of interplay of instruments that has been part of New Orleans Jazz for a hundred years or more. But the Jac...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Cafe Accordion Orchestra, Credit: Jim Dryden
Café Accordion Orchestra performs a show called Midnight in Paris, where the group performs some of it’s finest French music. The show frequently s...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jo Kellen, Credit: Cedar Cultural Center
Jo Kellen received a commission to create the series of sonic and visual experiences that is Serious Glee. The presentation allows Jo to expand on ...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jo Kellen, Credit: Cedar Cultural Center
Jo Kellen is a Minneapolis singer, songwriter and performance artist who was commissioned to create new work by the Jerome Foundation and the Cedar...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Blue Yodel No. 9, Credit: Ross Johnson
Blue Yodel Number Nine. It’s a band name that catches the echoes of older forms of traditional music. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, founding...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Hula Peppers, Credit: Elizabeth Rowan
The Hula Peppers plays an original blend of music styles from a mix of traditions predating 1939. Gary Powell is an original Hula Pepper, and he to...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Kashimana is a Minneapolis musician who experienced things during pregnancy and childbirth that she just had to write songs about. Her project is c...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2019
  • Length: 08:00