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: Sara Renner, Credit: Will Keeler
Sara Renner is a Twin Cities gospel singer with a big mission. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Sara first addressed how she got started singing.

  • Added: Nov 25, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Charlotte Matis operates Blackbirds, a music store specializing in strings, at 3445 Cedar Avenue South in Minneapolis. The pandemic of course has c...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
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Live From med City delivers a well-staged virtual concert every Thursday at 6PM. Steven Schmidt of Riverside Concerts of Rochester, leads the virtu...

  • Added: Nov 12, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Paul Metsa, Credit: Howard Christopherson
Paul Metsa is a defining Minneapolis musician of this generation. Reflecting on his recording career, Paul believes that a 1992 project called Whis...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Tonia Hughes, Credit: Kawan Powers
Tonia Hughes is a leading Minnesota Gospel singer who performs in churches and mainstream entertainment venues. In a conversation with Phil Nusbau...

  • Added: Nov 07, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Foxgloves, Credit: Aaron Tinklenberg
Six Twin Cities women have come together to form the Foxgloves. The group features strong singing, playing and songwriting in both performance and ...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Foxgloves, Credit: Aaron Tinklenberg
Six Twin Cities women have come together to form the Foxgloves. The group just completed its first recording project together and features strong s...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: NUNNABOVE, Credit: Michele Pollard
NUNNABOVE is a family group of Twin Cities young people currently in the middle of both a recording project, and a music video. Phil Nusbaum spoke ...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Sprig of That, Credit: photo by Al Williams
Sprig of that combines String Band and East Indian styles in new compositions, and releases a project called “Untold” on November 6. In a conversat...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Katia Cardenas, Credit: Rita Zenefski
Katia Cardenas is a Twin Cities Jazz singer who, because of the pandemic has hardly performed in 2020. But Katia’s songwriting goes on. Both the Co...

  • Added: Oct 23, 2020
  • Length: 08:00