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: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Despite the pandemic, the North Central University Jazz ensemble has been getting ready for a virtual show at Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis. ...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Steve Kenny, Credit: Andrea Canter
What Would Monk Do? Interprets the work of the legendary Jazz composer Thelonious Monk, and plays original music reminiscent of Monk. In a conversa...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: A.J. Isaacson-Zvidzva, Credit: Peter Jamus
Composer A.J. Isaacson Zvidzwa began her musical career as many do, by modeling her mother. But few start out wanting to play specifically the viol...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2021
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: 2021 Cedar Commissions poster, Credit: Photographer Peter Jamus Designer Aida Shahghasemi
The Cedar Commissions carries on virtually in 2021. It will be a 3-night performance, March 5, 6 and 7, and 2 artists each night. This is an annual...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: MN Spin Logo 2021, Credit: Hennepin County Public Libraries
Friends of the Hennepin County Library presents MN Spin. This program pays Minnesota musicians for the right to post the artists’ CDs, and the publ...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Robert Robinson, Credit: photo by Terence Penister
Minneapolis gospel music icon Robert Robinson talked with Phil Nusbaum about Robert’s Black History Month show slated for Crooner’s 5PM, February 2...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Leslie Rich and the Rocket Soul Choir, Credit: Chrystal Liepa
The Pandemic and the current unrest have combined to make this era different than others in memory. The songs on the new CD, called Butcher Boy by ...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2021
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Joyann Parker, Credit: Jeannine Marie
Joyann Parker Celebrates the Release of her new CD, Out of the Dark, Friday and Saturday Feb 19 and 20 at Crooners in Minneapolis. The new project ...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jeri Goldstein, Credit: Lynn Amsterdam
The training for musicians focuses on learning their craft. But a big part of the work turns out to be selling your act. Jeri Goldstein specializes...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ritika Ganguli, Credit: Vinod Srinivasan
Growing up in New Delhi, India, Ritika Ganguly was aware of the varied and rich forms that opera can take. In the process of being commissioned to ...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2021
  • Length: 08:00