KBEM

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Recognized as the Twin Cities’ public radio voice for jazz and education, KBEM is a program of the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Approximately 150 students annually participate in KBEM’s hands-on educational program, which focuses on all aspects of broadcasting and production. Students who develop their skills and select broadcasting experience can gain significant on-air time. The station is on-air 24/7 with 35 hours of student programming each week, with live professional announcers and pre-recorded, syndicated programming filling out the rest of the schedule. KBEM is the only station in the Twin Cities market which offers a jazz format and officially provides MN-DOT traffic reports.

KBEM was initially established at Minneapolis Vocational High School in the 1960s. The station was moved to North High School in 1983 as a part of the District’s desegregation initiative and it continues to reside there today. The vast majority of KBEM students attend North High School.

Series

Caption: Acme Big Band
1 Piece

This progam features Minnesota Big Bands, including the Nova Big Band, the Acme Big Band and the University of Minnesota. Twenty-five Big Bands in Minnesota have recorded CDs. Interviews with local Big Band personalities are presented occasionally.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Mar 23, 2010
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3 Pieces

Minneapolis high school students script and read 60-second pieces based on research into important figures in African American history.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2010
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4 Pieces

"Classic Jazz MN" is a series exploring Minnesota's classic jazz roots. The series includes shows on Doc Evans, Doc Evans at the Walker Art Center, Preservation Hall Era and the Emporium of Jazz. Written and produced by Butch Thompson. Co-produced by Todd Melby.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 23, 2011
Caption: Jazz At MPS with Josh Jones and the Dynamics
19 Pieces

Jazz music from students in the Minneapolis Public Schools.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 24, 2013
Caption: South High School Jazz Band-director/Scott Carter with guest Irvin Mayfield
6 Pieces

Jazz at South High features music from past and present South High Jazz Ensembles and brand new recordings by the South High Jazz Combo. Each week's show will feature never before heard performances of the South High Jazz Combo that are recorded at South High.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 03, 2013
Caption: KBEM Jazz 88 FM, Credit: http://www.jazz88fm.com
4 Pieces

The Twin Cities Jazz Society annually presents a series of concerts by local artists. Jazz 88 chose six of these concerts to record for broadcast.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2010
Caption: Butch at the Steinway, Credit: Ross Ayoka
4 Pieces

Butch Thompson hosts this program that features original jazz recordings and the occasional live performance.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2011
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12 Pieces

Long-form interviews and performances by Minnesota musicians

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2018
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12 Pieces

Junctions & Sidetracks, the story behind the creation of Empire Builder a musical about a time traveling train. Conversations about family, history, race and forgiveness. Music by George Mauer. Libretto by Ann Bertram. Funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2019
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62 Pieces

Minneapolis High School Students, with the help of a team of educators and poets, were encouraged to write poetry. The poems created by the students are in some cases hard-hitting, and in others, cute.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2014

Latest Pieces

Caption: Ginger Commodore, Credit: Tom Wallace
Ginger Commodore’s musical salute to Dr. Martin Luther King takes place at the Dakota in Minneapolis, Monday night January 20 at 7PM. It’ll be a pa...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Fattenin' Frogs, Credit: Jacob Skorseth
When Fattenin’ Frogs performs, the band references old country and old blues. But whether the songs are old or original, originality is key for Fat...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Fattenin' Frogs, Credit: Jacob Skorseth
Fattenin’ Frogs references old country and old blues in its performances. And they perform their unique blend Sunday January 19 at the Como Park Co...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Orange Mighty Trio, Credit: Nik Powell
Three Great Groups that Combine Traditional Styles in New ways play at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis on Thurs January 16. They are Orang...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands has gotten so big now that it straddles the Twin Cities in two venues. Saturday afternoon February 8 at the...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ben Abrahamson, Credit: Cora Bernstein
Ben Abrahamson is a finger-style guitarist with a knack for integrating multiple world and personal styles into his own playing. In an interview wi...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Fellow Pynins, Credit: Beehive Productions
Ian Van Ornum and Dani Aubert are Fellow Pynins. Ian and Dani sing stories. When they got together with Phil Nusbaum, the talk turned to Dani’s rec...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Fellow Pynins, Credit: Beehive Productions
Ian Van Ornum and Dani Aubert are Fellow Pynins. The duet performs Sunday January 12 at the Aster in Minneapolis, 8-10PM. Ian and Dani sing stories...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
King Wilkie’s Dream plays new acoustic country music and strives for originality. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, fiddler Robbi Podrug and ma...

  • Added: Jan 01, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
King Wilkie’s Dream plays new acoustic country music and strives for originality. You can hear the group at the Hook and Ladder, Sunday March 12 fr...

  • Added: Jan 01, 2020
  • Length: 08:00