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: Orkestar Bez Ime, Credit: Stefan Iwaskewycz
Kolyada, the Ukrainian word for Christmas carol is the title of a Christmastime performance presented by Orkestar Bez Ime. Kolyada creates a narrat...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Orkestar Bez Ime, Credit: Stefan Iwaskewycz
Kolyada, the Ukrainian word for Christmas carol, is the title of a performance by musicians representing such local groups as Orkestar Bez Ime and ...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: High 48s, Credit: Greg Johnson
Renowned Minnesota songwriter Becky Schlegel is joining forces with the High 48s Bluegrass Band for a show at the Aster in Minneapolis, 9PM Friday ...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Debbie Duncan, Credit: Nathan Yungerberg
Twin Cities Music Icons Debbie Duncan and Andrew Walesch Welcome the Holiday Season with seasonal songs. Phil Nusbaum dropped by as Debbie and Andr...

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  • Added: Nov 27, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Debbie Duncan, Credit: by Nathan Yungerberg
Debbie Duncan and Andrew Walesch, Minnesota jazz icons meet Monday night at 7:30 at Crooners to celebrate the holiday season. Phil Nusbaum visited ...

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  • Added: Nov 27, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jug Sluggers, Credit: Lisa Friedlander
The Jug Sluggers. This eclectic acoustic trio has been singing and playing together for decades. The group plays this Friday at 7PM at Dun Brothers...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Anthony Ihrig and Eric Christopher, Credit: Anthony Ihrig
Eric Christopher and Anthony Ihrig have years of experience playing in the 5-piece High 48s bluegrass band. But lately they’ve been working togethe...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2019
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Anthony Ihrig and Eric Christopher, Credit: Anthony Ihrig
Eric Christopher the fiddler and Anthony ihrig on the banjo, members of the High 48s for about a dozen years. You can catch the act Wed November 27...

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  • Added: Nov 11, 2019
  • Length: 07:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Steve Kenny, Credit: Andrea Canter
Saturday Nov 23 marks the 287th consecutive week that Steve trumpeter Kenny has booked jazz into the Black in Saint Paul. And on that night at 7PM,...

  • Added: Nov 07, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Matthew Mehaffey with Phil Nusbaum, Credit: Connie Shaver
The Oratorio Society of Minnesota presents a program entitled The French Connection at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis on Friday November...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1