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.


372 Pieces

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Caption: Red Hot Django Peppers, Credit: Ryan Picone
The Red Hot Django Peppers has a new CD and is featuring it at all shows. The group plays music called jazz manouche or Hot Club jazz, and pulls mu...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira, Credit: Andrea Canter
When Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira perform, it’s more than a singer with a guitarist. It’s an interweaving of musical ideas. Though both Charmi...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Tanner Taylor, Credit: Jessica Chapman
Jazz pianist Tanner Taylor leads a classic piano trio with bassist Graydon Peterson and drummer Mac Santiago. Regarding repertoire, the trio has al...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: jazz88 logo 2022, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Turn Turn Turn is Barb Brynstad, Savannah Smith and Adam Levy. The trio’s new CD is called New Rays From An Old Sun, and showcases solo and 3-part ...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Nunnabove, Credit: Michele Pollard
Nunnabove is an all-sibling band that sings and plays songs they compose. When band members talked to Phil Nusbaum, Matti Nunn stressed the need to...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Cumar poster, Credit: Nick Lethert
Cumar means confluence in Irish Gaelic, and Cumar is also the name of a Twin Cities group that combines African and irish Music and Dance. Phil Nus...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: jazz88 logo 2022, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
When the Twin Cities Flamenco Collective performs, it’s a combination of singing, dancing and guitar playing. To pull it off, the performers have t...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2023
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: The Jorgensens, Credit: Jim Vasquez and Meredith Fierke
Twin Cities wife and husband team Brianna and Kurt Jorgensen perform and compose music together. Living together makes it oh-so-convenient to work ...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: jazz88 logo 2022, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Twin Cities Davina and the Vagabonds plays with a unique, horn-driven rockin’ and bluesy style. But it is keyed by Davina, the band’s leader an...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Daniel Volovets, Credit: Adrian Volovets
Daniel Volovets is a local guitarist who composes and also re-imagines the work of others. When Daniel talked to Phil Nusbaum, Daniel first address...

  • Added: Dec 11, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Laura Caviani, Credit: Ann Marsden
When pianist Laura Caviani and saxophonist David Milne perform, their shared classical music and jazz backgrounds bring about surprising new treatm...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Sue Orfielod (l) and Joan Hutton (r), Credit: Terry Snider
Take That Back is a group that plays the compositions of Joan Hutton and Sue Orfield. But to Joan and Sue, it’s really much more than their own com...

  • Added: Nov 14, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Graydon Peterson at Crooner's, Credit: Andrea Canter
Graydon Peterson’s Thoughtcast has issued a new CD named Nimbus In motion. Jake Baldwin plays the trumpet, Ben Erlich is the drummer, Joe Strachan ...

  • Added: Nov 10, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Aaron Kerr, Credit: Elizabeth Thonen-Kerr
Aaron Kerr’s new opera captures the spirit of the times of the assassination of President Kennedy and resignation of President Nixon. Inspired by T...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
For Curtis and Loretta, the Covid Pandemic was a time for reflection and composing new songs. Many of the songs are on the new CD, Lift The World. ...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: jazz88 logo 2022, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Minneapolis-based vibes player is part of an exciting flamenco fusion project with Miguel Espinoza of Colorado. This is the latest of many musical ...

  • Added: Oct 20, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Luke LeBlanc, Credit: Sara Bel Kloetzke
Luke Leblanc’s ’s new CD, Fugue State reflects Luke’s concern about the polarization you see everywhere today. According to Luke the trouble today ...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: jazz88 logo 2022, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Kevin Washington views himself as an artist in the tradition of Pharaoh Sanders and john and Alice Coltrane, of spirituality and healing. When Kevi...

  • Added: Oct 14, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Daina de Prez calls herself a piano entertainer, and that’s what she does. Sure, she plays with groups, too, but her main focus is singing and play...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Charlie Maguire, Credit: Cheryl Walsh Bellville
Charlie Maguire has been writing songs he sings in performances for a half century. He specializes in songs about working people and their work. Wh...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2022
  • Length: 08:00