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.


338 Pieces

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Caption: Carolyne Naomi, Credit: Kelechi Uchegbu
Minnesota Afro R & B singer Carolyne Naomi was born in Nigeria and sings in English and Yoruba. She writes her songs, which frequently deal with re...

  • Added: May 03, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Kendra Glenn, Credit: Roosevelt Mansfield
As a kid in Chicago, Kendra developed the chops to do what she does today: When she gets a song, she molds it and makes it her own. In a recent int...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Kenne Thomas, Credit: Diane Thomas
Kenne Thomas is a Twin Cities drummer with broad experiences and a bent towards arranging. When Kenne spoke with Phil Nusbaum, the talk turned to t...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Peter Vircks is a Master of Approaches on Jazz Saxophone

  • Added: Mar 22, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Maddy Thies, Credit: Darin Kamnetz
Maddie Thies was born in Minnesota but spent many years in Seoul, South Korea. She’s been back for a long time, but one outcome of her travels is f...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo
The Will Kjeer Group is a modern Jazz group, and includes elements of many styles in its playing. When Will spoke with Phil Nusbaum, Phil asked pia...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Lost Forty, Credit: Natalie Jennings
In the 1840s and 1850s, many men who emigrated from Ireland to Minnesota went to work as lumberjacks in the booming logging industry. They brought ...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Craig Clark, Credit: Neil Schloner
There are so many kinds of blues that if you play and sing the blues, you have to find you niche in the field. The Craig Clark band, based in Minne...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ryan Garnoe, Credit: Tyler Hendershot
One of trumpeter Ryan Garmoe’s favored starting places for new compositions is his mood the day he begins a new piece. One of Ryan’s pieces is call...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Davina of Davina and the Vagabonds, Credit: Davina Sowers
Davina and the Vagabonds, based in Minneapolis, is one of the midwest’s best known touring bands. Over tye years, Davina has evolved ideas about pu...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
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Caption: Michael Bland, Credit: Daniel Corrigan
When Urban Classic plays, the accent is from love songs from back in the day. Why? Michael Bland of Urban Classic told Phil Nusbaum it is because t...

  • Added: Jan 26, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Chris Castino, Credit: David Jackson
Chris Castino is one of those rare musicians who thrives in multiple musical styles. In his case, the styles are rock and bluegrass. In a conversat...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Medicinal Jazz Band, Credit: Ben Nordeen
Noah Strom plays keyboards and Sam Ryan plays the guitar. They form the core of the Noah Strom Trio. The group plays old jazz plus some new composi...

  • Added: Jan 01, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Charmin and Shapira All Stars, Credit: Andrea Canter
Vocalist Charmin Michelle and guitarist Joel Shapira have a long standing jazz duet, with occasional forays with larger groups. The duet continues ...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: New Year's Eve show poster, Credit: Lucy Nelson
The Minnesota Chamber Jazz Orchestra is a scaled-back version of the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra, but with nine pieces, it still produces a big sound....

  • Added: Dec 18, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ben Utecht and Mick Sterling, Credit: Steven Diamond
For information about An Andy and Bing Christmas with Ben Utecht and Mick Sterling, the event has its own website. It is Andy and Bing Christmas do...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
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