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: Charlie Parr, Credit: Shelly Mosman
Charlie Parr is the type of musician who is always refining past work while creating new work. So despite being limited by the pandemic, Charlie is...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Storyhill, Credit: Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson
Storyhill’s CD Bethlehem is no ordinary Christmas CD. The project has original songs, and reimagined traditional ones. Chris Cunningham and John H...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2020
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Other Country Ensemble, Credit: Laurie Patton
Other Country Ensemble is just what it says: An American group that performs music traditions from other countries. Bouzouki player and mandocellis...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Other Country Ensemble, Credit: Laurie Patton
Other Country Ensemble is just what it says: An American group that performs music traditions from other countries. And you can catch the band the ...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Southside Aces, Credit: Jonathan Hankan
The Twin Cities’ Southside Aces has a long history of Holiday shows. This year’s revelry is virtual of course. It’s called "Yule Be Sorry: A Holida...

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  • Added: Dec 15, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Cover of Earthlife CD, Credit: Todd Harper
One reason Tod Harper’s new recording project is to honor the late Carei Thomas, a musical mentor of Todd’s who died in May 2020. Another is to dem...

  • Added: Dec 10, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Aaron Kerr, Credit: Elizabeth Thonen-Kerr
Aaron Kerr’s Trio just released a CD titled Odin, a reference to Norse mythology. Normally a group backs up a recording with performances, but that...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Steve Schmidt, Credit: Kate Klaus
Steve Schmidt is a Midwestern songwriter who’s been at it for the long haul. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Steve said that his songs reflec...

  • Added: Dec 02, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Ross Sutter sings and plays songs representing a variety of European cultures. But like most artists, Covid nearly ended all of his work. But Ross ...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2020
  • Length: 07:59
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