Minnesota Music Profiles

Series produced by KBEM

Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
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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.

Each Minnesota Music Profile focuses on a musician or group. Listeners learn some of the behind-the-scenes stuff related to the creative process. Programs in the series are under 10 minutes in length. They can be run anytime because they are not time sensitive. These pieces are especially appropriate when subjects perform in the areas served by given radio stations.

438 Pieces

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Caption: Joan Hutton and Sue Orfield, Credit: Terry Snider
Joan Hutton and Sue Orfield celebrate Splash, their second CD of original music. Joan and Sue talked to Phil Nusbaum about the project. Joan told P...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Pavel Jany, Credit: Andrea Canter
Global Jazz Collegium’ new CD is called Labyrinth and is centered on fusion jazz, with a mix of older music and originals. Pavel Jany plays the gui...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Willow Waters by Madeline Harpell, Credit: Madeline Harpell
Willow Waters songs reflect personal issues she has worked through. Her new project is called I Rise I Fall, and it also includes some of Willow’s ...

  • Added: Jul 15, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: jazz88 logo 2022, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Nyttu Chongo is a Minnesotan who performs a style called Jazz Bantu. The style combines music learned in Mozambique on African instruments with wes...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Lasse Corson by B Wold, Credit: B Wold
At 22, Lasse Corson already has years of composing under his belt. Lasse loves to combine styles in his work. He had a recent conversation with Phi...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: jazz88 logo 2022, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
When Vicki Victoria sings, she embodies the emotion in her songs. She’s been doing it a long time. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Vicki talke...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2024
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: jazz88 logo 2022, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Carlisle Evans Peck sings songs that tell of facing the straight world from a Gay orientation. In order to overcome difference and create connectio...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: jazz88 logo 2022, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Groups led by Kevin Gamble play many kinds of music, but on this performance preview, we’ll listen to a couple of Kevin’s Jazz fusion originals. Wh...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2024
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: WPK Trio photo by Karin Klarer, Credit: Karin Klarer
Mark Weisberg on the bass, Michael Pilhofer the drummer and Phil Kadidlo on the piano. The trio could be called Weisberg, Pilhofer and Kadidlo, so ...

  • Added: Jun 11, 2024
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: Joe Cruz, Credit: Emily Jane Davis
Jennifer Grimm sings many types of songs and her husband, joe Cruz has played many types of guitars in his career. The duet presents original songs...

  • Added: May 30, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Davina of Davina and the Vagabonds, Credit: Davina
Davina and the Vagabonds has a new CD and LP called Shoot for the Moon. The group displays a big stylistic footprint on the new recording. The sing...

  • Added: May 21, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Debbie Briggs, Credit: Debbie Briggs
Debbie Briggs Vintage Jazz performs in many configurations. To Debbie, the different musical settings cause her to adapt her singing style. In a co...

  • Added: May 08, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Neighborhood Quartet, Credit: Benny Moreno
The Neighborhood Quartet is vibraphonist Steve Roehm, Guitarist Dan Schwartz, drummer Greg Schutte and bassist drummer Nick Salisbury. On its recen...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Charlie Maguire, Credit: Cheryl Walsh Bellview
Charlie Maguire writes songs that depict people at work, based on lived experiences of himself and others. His original inspiration comes from Wood...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Thomasina Petrus and Tom Wells, Credit: Sue Kearns
Tom Wells is the leader of the Selby Avenue Brass Band. Tom has also taught up and coming players at North Community High School in Minneapolis, wh...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Dregs, Credit: Amore Photography
The Dregs occupy a singular musical niche: Band members backgrounds are varied, but together, the group sings and plays twisted versions of songs, ...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2024
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: Sarah Larsson by Drew Arrieta, Credit: Drew Arrieta
Red Thread’s songs could be considered what happens when you combine traditional songs, new compositions and modern technology. The new CD is calle...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: GiftedHandz, Credit: Cynthia Abalo
GiftedHandz is a Minneapolis group of young people who have come up playing multiples styles in church settings. When Joe Mason, a GiftedHandz foun...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Timothy De Prey, Credit: Paul Nixdorf
MacPhail Center for music has a program called the Spotlight Program, which encourages its teachers to create musical programs. That’s what stimula...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ancia Saxophone Quartet, Credit: Leslie Shank
The Ancia Saxophone Quartet showcases its new CD. Joan Hutton of the Anchia Saxophone Quartet talked with Phil Nusbaum abut the group, and about on...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2024
  • Length: 08:00