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: Scott Keever, Credit: Ben Zvan
Twin Cities guitarist Scott Keever has had challenges due to Covid. But he’s met them, and even found new inspiration. When Scott talked to Phil Nu...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jon Dominguez, Credit: Kelly Dominguez
Some call Jon Dominguez a Texas Songwriter despite that he lives in Minnesota. Well, it’s true because of Jon’s influences. And Jon also has a way ...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Maurice Jacox, Credit: Photo by Doug Knutson
Maurice Jacox has sung in groups for many years, and has played the saxophone. Lately, he’s done more under his own name. But he’s just now emergin...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Michael Hauser, Credit: Kay Hansen
The father of Midwest flamenco, Michael Hauser hasn’t played much in public lately. But as things open up, he’s been able to perform, and he’s alre...

  • Added: Aug 26, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Aaron Kerr, Credit: Elizabeth Thonen-Kerr
When cellist Aaron Kerr, Drummer Derrin Pinto and keyboardist Kevin Rhys jammed in March 2020, the improvisations were so satisfying that they form...

  • Added: Aug 24, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Laura MacKenzie, Credit: Melissa Buss
Laurie MacKenzie is Investigating new and surprising Markets as a result of Covid 19. Plus, she is also ramping up using the internet to contact mu...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Javier Matos, Credit: Lindsay Lou Wirthan
Javier Matos is one of the many who work day jobs in addition to performing music. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, in Javier’s so-called offic...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Reynold Philipsek, Credit: Tom Tremel
Despite the pandemic currently gripping the world, Reynold Philipsek stays immersed in Jazz Guitar. And like many, Reynold is reflecting on his jaz...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Vladimir Garrido is steeped in the folk music of the Andes Mountains. But using the time afforded by Covid-19 times, Vladimir has been busy with ne...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2020
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: Joe Nicola, Credit: Paige Popejoy
Sometimes Joe Nicola plays well-known tunes, but more frequently he plays is his own compositions. Thinking about his August 22, 6PM show at Lake M...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2020
  • Length: 08:00