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.


271 Pieces

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Caption: Courtney Burton, Credit: Tera Girardin
Singing in front of a big band is how jazz fans best know Courtney Burton. But she’s also got a new combo with Eric Edwalds on the piano, sax man R...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Southside Aces, Credit: Jonathan Hankin
The Southside Aces specializes in New Orleans music, and that means they prepare big time for Mardi Gras. Interviewer Phil Nusbaum sat down to talk...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Swing Beat Big Band, Credit: John Lingle
The Swing Beat Big Band formed in 1998, and has been playing regularly for listeners and dancers ever since. The leader is John Wilkes. When John m...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: So Minnesota's Real Big Band, Credit: Kim Cosens
Southern Minnesota’s Real Jazz Band has a unique twin mission: Playing great jazz and serving as a clinician band for high school jazz musicians.. ...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Fuzzy Math. It’s a jazz group that enjoys close passes with pop. Fuzzy Math plays in the Twin Cities and beyond. But Fuzzy Math? And it’s a Jazz Gr...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Mark Arneson, Credit: Deb Moe
To Mark Arneson Band featuring Mia Dorr holds, having fun is the name of the game. You can really hear band members enjoying themselves in this im...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Tim Sparks and James Buckley CD cover art, Credit: James Tallala
Guitarist Tim Sparks and bassist James Buckley. It’s a duet that adds to the legacies of the great songs they play. Phil Nusbaum talked to Tim and ...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: New Riverside Ramblers, Credit: Benny Moreno
The New Riverside Ramblers is a Minneapolis-based Cajun music band that has been entertaining dancers and listeners for decades. Phil Nusbaum talke...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2019
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Salsa del Soul, Credit: Lisa K Hyatt Photography
Salsa is where virtuosic music meets great dancing. Shai Hayo plays timbales and leads this Minneapolis/Saint Paul-based band. He spoke with Phil N...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Mary Bue, Credit: Angelica Engel
Mary Bue’s songs focus on lived experience, which is one reason her shows are so compelling. When Mary got together with Phil Nusbaum, the talk tur...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Common Ground Company, Credit: Tim McG Photography
The Minneapolis-based Common Ground Company is part of the new wave of bluegrass bands. In this report, Phil Nusbaum talks with Jorgan Wadkins and ...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Steve Clarke, Credit: Neil Schloner
Maurice Jacox and Steve Clark are Minnesota music legends in a new collaboration called Blue Book. Maurice is a much awarded vocalist known for his...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Hoaxer, Credit: Lee Tran
Hoaxer is a band made up of Edmund Catlin, Peter Goggin, Will Kjeer and Charlie Lincoln. The band formed when all the players were Twin Cities high...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Sophia Shorai, Credit: Bernadette Pollard
Jazz singer Sophia Shorai is a great song interpreter, who enjoys singing in front of small instrumental groups. When Sophia got together with Int...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Arna Rennan is one of a small group of artists who respond to both traditional style and the cutting edges of Nordic traditional music. In her musi...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Give Get Sistet, Credit: Uchechukwu Iroegbu
The Give-Get Sistet is so named because it is an all-woman singing group. The group pulls songs from many world cultures when it performs. Phil Nus...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
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