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.

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Caption: Susan Spongberg, Credit: Frank T. Heffelfinger III
9 Pieces

Minnesota Creates is curious about how creativity occurs, so Susan Spongberg asked an assortment of Minnesota artists how do you choreography a dance? Where do your novel’s characters come from? How do you decide what to paint?

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2014
Caption: Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders, Credit: Jim Davis
4 Pieces

Minnesota has many wonderful jazz musicians, still playing well into their 80's. Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders, features live and in studio performances and interviews, talking about their careers in the Twin Cities from early on to present.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 12, 2017
Caption: Jazz 88 FM, Credit: http://www.jazz88fm.com
15 Pieces

Minnesota Music Moment is a weekly feature of KBEM FM 88.5, each week highlighting a different Minnesota musician.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Feb 25, 2011
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
288 Pieces

Each item in the series tells how a musicians is inspired, how s/he works, their goals and intents for their work; in general, how each gets motivation and follows through with a creative project.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Oct 09, 2015
Caption: Arne Fogel, Credit: John Whiting
65 Pieces

Minnesota Voices-Certain Standards Minnesota Vocalists perform new renditions of the Great American Songbook. Arne Fogel-Host

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2012
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2 Pieces

In a world and time of differences, music has the power to bring us together, to unite us through a shared experience. Music knows no boundaries. It transcends that which keeps us apart. Join Jazz88 for an evening of discovery with Music Without Borders.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Sep 04, 2019
Caption: Bobb Fantauzzo performing with Lyz Jaakola, Credit: Andrea Canter
18 Pieces

Native flute player Bobb Fantauzzo illuminates the contributions made by jazz musicians with Native American heritage.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 19, 2016
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4 Pieces

Butch Thompson's Piano Bench Show looks at the piano stylings of the early performers of jazz.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2011
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Perspectives relating to Minnesota culture, history and the arts contributed by Minneapolis high school students.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2010
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20 Pieces

Joan Griffith, Twin Cities musician and educator, has conversations with prominent Minnesota jazz musicians.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 25, 2016

Latest Pieces

Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Hurst Family Experience is a family singing group that sings in many types of venues. David Hurst talked with Phil Nusbaum about how the group’...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Annie Mack, Credit: Shelly Mosman
Annie Mack says that the music of the church and protest go hand in hand. You hear those influences and more in Annie’s new recording project. We’l...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Joe Holland, Credit: Joe Holland
Each year, through its MN Spin program, the Hennepin County library acquires music by all kinds of Minnesota musical acts. Then, the public can str...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ben Abrahamson, Credit: Corrina Bernstein
Ben Abrahamson is a finger-style guitarist with a knack for integrating multiple world and personal styles into his own playing. In an interview wi...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
He calls himself a born sideman, and he’s been sought after for his sax playing in Minnesota for well over a half century. Fresh from high school, ...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Anthony Ihrig and Eric Christopher, Credit: Anthony Ihrig
2021 marks the 9th year of High 48s bluegrass brunches. It’s virtual, from 11 till noon every Saturday in January and February. The shows feature ...

  • Added: Jan 01, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Every band wants to grow. But you can’t force growth. We’re talking to Scottie Miller of the Scottie Miller Band. Scottie, this group has evolved o...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Zeitgeist New Music Ensemble, Credit: Zoe Prinds-Flash
Zeitgeist’s latest work is a composition commissioned to banjoist Paul Elwood, 44 Smokeless. It’s a reimagining of the American Murder ballad, Litt...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The pandemic severely curtailed Raycurt Johnson’s music lessons, so he moved from Washington, D.C. to Minneapolis. Raycurt met guitarist Elgin Fost...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Charlie Parr, Credit: Shelly Mosman
Charlie Parr is the type of musician who is always refining past work and creating new ones. When Charlie got together with Phil Nusbaum, Charlie t...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2020
  • Length: 08:00