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: Honky Tonk jump, Credit: Ian Gibbs
Honky Tonk Jump plays Thursday night November 5 at Crooners. The show takes place social distancing style in a heated tent, or audience members can...

  • Added: Oct 20, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: MN Gospel Takeover poster, Credit: Jerome Treadwell
The Twin Cities Gospel Takeover provides 9 acts over 90 minutes Streamed 7PM Saturday October 24. The show serves as a great sampler of the Twin Ci...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Orkestar Bez Ime, Credit: Stefan Iwaskewycz
Natalie Nowytzki is a founding member of the Twin Cities Balkan band, Orkestar Bez Ime. In an interview with Phil Nusbaum, Natalie tell how despite...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
To continue playing for audiences during Covid, The Minnesota Hardbop Collective makes recordings available for Streaming and Download. The Catch i...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Andrew Walesch, Credit: Phot by Heidi Ross
When singer/pianist Andrew Walesch sings Frank Sinatra, the result showcases not only Sinatra legacy, but the talents of Walesch and arranger Bob P...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ben Eaton, Credit: Ben Eaton
Songwriter Ben Eaton focuses on what he thinks others are thinking of him. And with the layoff and isolation caused by Covid, Ben has plenty to thi...

  • Added: Sep 23, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Curtis and Loretta, Credit: Loretta Simonet and Curtis Teague
Curtis and Loretta had to curtail their extensive folk music travelling on account of the pandemic. One response of theirs is to do more streaming ...

  • Added: Sep 22, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Sarah Larsson of Minneapolis sings and plays in multiple traditions and also serves as a community worker. She has formal music in her background. ...

  • Added: Sep 17, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Sarah M Greer, Katrina Brogden and Katia Cardenas, Credit: Jenny Zander
To respond to the crises after the death of George Floyd, Pangea World Theater created a concert called the Burning Truth project. It is curated by...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Sarah M Greer, Katrina Brogden and Katia Cardenas, Credit: Jenny Zander
To respond to the crises after the death of George Floyd, Pangea World Theater created a concert called the Burning Truth project. The next Burning...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2020
  • Length: 08:00