Minnesota Music Profiles

Series produced by KBEM

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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: Larry McDonough and Joel Shapira, Credit: Andrea Canter and Emily Jane Davis
Pianist Larry McDonough and guitarist Joel Shapira specialize in interpreting the piano and guitar duet from decades back, Bill Evans and Jim Hall....

  • Added: Nov 08, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: David Harland, Credit: Joanna Gail
David Harland performs and composes finger-style guitar music. David’s style today is the result of a gradual evolution. He talked about it with Ph...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Nathan Hanson, Credit: Benny Moreno
Nathan Hanson is a saxophonist with international credits who is based in Saint Paul, MN. , in 2006, not long after returning to Minnesota after 8 ...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2018
  • Length: 12:40
Caption: Siama holding mbira, Credit: Dallas Johnson
Siama is a Congolese singer and player guy who has been living in the United States for decades. He’s played many styles but in recent years, he ha...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Selby Avenue Big Band. The group is out of St Paul, MN. Members of the band support each other’s musical expertise and preferences, and as a re...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Kat Perkins, Credit: Vaney Poyey
Kat Perkins. She’s a small-town kid from a musical family who started writes and sings rock music. The trail led through the television show The Vo...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Adam Meckler Orchestra, Credit: Tim McG Photography
The roster of the Adam Meckler Orchestra has been remarkably consistent since it was formed in 2011. But how do you keep 18 members engaged so they...

  • Added: Oct 14, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Sarah Streitz, Credit: Chris Hagedorn
You might think the lyrics would be the most important thing to a songwriter. But when Sarah talked to Phil Nusbaum, she said when she writes a son...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Wilkinson James, Credit: David Tanner
The band Wilkinson James has had quite an evolution over it’s 10 years together, both as a duet and as a full band. Phil Nusbaum talked with foundi...

  • Added: Oct 03, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Twin Cities Brass Band, Credit: Samantha Garber
The Twin Cities Brass Band plays a wide variety of works, some written for brass and some adapted for brass. Adam Hille is the director. In a conve...

  • Added: Sep 16, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Mary Louise Knutson  , Credit: Dietrich Gesk
When Mary Louise Knutson performs, it’s the result of deep thought, personal relationships and having fun. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Mar...

  • Added: Sep 13, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Molly Maher is a singer, guitarist and bandleader in touch with multiple musical genres. In her singing, playing and composing, she tends to find t...

  • Added: Aug 29, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Westwind Swing Band, Credit: Amy LeBeau
The West Wind Swing Band specializes in the big band music of the 1930s and 1940s, and especially with Artie Shaw arrangements. In a conversation ...

  • Added: Aug 22, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Detroit Don King, Credit: Ron Householder
A few decades ago in his Detroit home, Don combined playing the blues with an auto parts business, but the business had trouble with crime. So Don ...

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  • Added: Aug 12, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
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Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Cory Healy is a local composer and drummer with a Great Melodic Sense whose jazz Mission is to Integrate Wide Influences into the style of his band...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra, Credit: Steve Rouch
The Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra builds on the legacy of the early mandolin orchestras from 100 years ago. The group plays some of that old music, ...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Sherry Ladig, Credit:  Karyn Wrenshall
Sherry Ladig is a keyboardist and singer who performs and composes in many traditions. Her musical breadth comes from two sources. One is that she ...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2018
  • Length: 16:00
Caption: Ted Olsen, Credit: Steve Kenny
Ted Olsen plays the bass and composes. But his convincing quality is the breadth of his influences. When Ted spoke with Phil Nusbaum, they talked a...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Paul Barry and the Ace Tones with Lila Ammons, Credit: Kent Flemmer
Paul Barry, Twin Cities Blues Harp Player Combines blues band influences from Chicago and West Coast in live shows by the Ace Tones. In a conversat...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: No Man's String Band, Credit: Honu Foto
In an old bluegrass band there was a leader with sidemen. But today there are many other arrangements, and the name No Man’s String Band reflects t...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2018
  • Length: 08:00