Minnesota Music Profiles

Series produced by KBEM

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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.


322 Pieces

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Caption: Ross Sutter, Credit: Mary Lofgren
Ross Sutter researches and performs traditional Swedish songs and tunes at Christmas and all-year round. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Ross ...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Rondo 56 Group photo, Credit: Dan Chouinard
Rondo 56 tells how the Rondo neighborhood in Saint Paul was changed when Interstate 94 was built right through it. Phil Nusbaum went to a rehearsal...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Pavel Jany, Credit: Andrea Canter
A few years ago, guitarist Pavel Jany received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant to create a new CD and play some concerts. But then came the pand...

  • Added: Nov 10, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: New Riverside Ramblers, Credit: Benny Moreno
The New Riverside Ramblers from Minneapolis Have Been Providing Top Notch Cajun Music for Over Thirty Years. Original Rambler Eric Mohring talked t...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Kenne Thomas has a new CD called Yesterdays. Kenne is a drummer. But his major reference point is the saxophone sound he heard as a kid growing up ...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Bernstein. The Production features some of Bernstein’s vast catalog of musical creations, plus his correspondence with family members and other mus...

  • Added: Oct 24, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Gypsy, one of Minnesota’s most popular groups ever, marks its fiftieth anniversary with a CD called Red Stone Line. The songs on the CD were writte...

  • Added: Oct 22, 2021
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: Ben Ehrlich, Credit: Josh Gilbert
Drummer Ben Ehrlich leads a group that features original work and reworkings that also seem original. Interviewer Phil Nusbaum is in Ben’s studio....

  • Added: Oct 13, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Steve Clarke, Credit: Neil Schloner
Minneapolis sax man Steve Clarke has been a major musical figure for decades. His long time band is the Working Stiffs. Keys to his success are his...

  • Added: Oct 06, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: PaviElle French, Credit: Sharolyn B. Hagen
Recent songs by PaviElle French reflect her deep disappointment with the deep cultural rifts that came to the forefront with the George Floyd Murde...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Leslie Vincent, Credit: Jessica Holleque
When Leslie Vincent sings, it is about the audience. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Leslie opened up about her thought process in planning a ...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Kenne Thomas, Credit: Diane Thomas
Kenne Thomas is from Chicago, has lived and played jazz in Japan and then took up residence in the Twin Cities. Kenne’s group, knits together many ...

  • Added: Aug 18, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Minneapolis Jazz Guitar Duo, Credit: Rachel Guvenc
David Martin and Serdar G comprise the MJGD - Minneapolis Jazz Guitar Duo. The duo plays a lot of great standards. You might expect that of a jazz ...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Foxgloves, Credit: Aaron Tinklenberg
The Foxgloves is a 6-piece all woman Twin Cities Bluegrass / Americana group. When Nikki Lemire and Steph Snow of the Foxgloves talked about the gr...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Red Hot Django Peppers, Credit: Oscar Betanzos
The Red Hot Django Peppers plays the music of Django Reinhardt. The leader is Ryan Picone. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Ryan talked about h...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Katia Cardenas, Credit: Rebecca Slater
With her voice injury and Covid in the rearview mirror, Katia Cardenas is back singing jazz. Katia told Phil Nusbaum that hers is a mix of picking ...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ian George, Credit: Danielle Aubert
Ian George thinks that magic happens when jazz geniuses interpret his folkish compositions. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Ian addressed how ...

  • Added: Jun 27, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Kendra Glenn, Credit: Roosevelt Mansfield
Kendra Glenn started singing as a young kid in Chicago. She has blossomed into a busy upper midwest soulful singer who also writes some of her song...

  • Added: Jun 24, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ted Unseth, Credit: Ted Unseth
Ted Unseth is known to many for leading the Classic Jazz group, the Americana Classic Jazz Orchestra. But Ted has had quite a musical journey. He m...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2021
  • Length: 08:00