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.


271 Pieces

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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
Caption: Billy McLaughlin, Credit: Ryan Taylor
Billy McLaughlin has helped blaze the trail for a guitar style known as tap guitar. But when Billy talked to Phil Nusbaum, we learned that to Billy...

  • Added: Jul 12, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Dan Schwartz with harp guitar, Credit: Benny Moreno
Dan Schwartz is a guitar playing musical omnivore. He is one of the few reviving the harp guitar, a regular acoustic guitar with a set of bass stri...

  • Added: Jul 08, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Charlie Maguire, Credit: Cheryl Walsh Bellville
Woody Guthrie’s book Bound For Glory is now over 75 years old. It’s a book that told it like it was about the great depression. In honor of this Po...

  • Added: Jul 05, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Dan Schwartz, Credit: Benny Moreno
Dan Schwartz, Minneapolis guitarist, explores the harp guitar. It looks a lot like a regular acoustic guitar, with heavy, range-extending bass stri...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2018
  • Length: 08:00