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.


348 Pieces

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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
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