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.


348 Pieces

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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
Caption: Levi Schwartzberg, Credit: Andrea Canter
The Levi Schwartzberg Quartet reflects detailed study of the Bebop masters of more than 50 years ago, and plays with a refreshing sensibility. In ...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: clockwise from top left; Lori Dokken, Patti Peterson, Rachel Harder, Judy Vinar, Credit: Lori Dokken
I Am Woman Hear Me Roar shines lights on great women artists of the past 50 years or so. Lori Dokken is the great motivator of this event which inc...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Thomas Bruce, Credit: Thomas Bruce
When Thomas Bruce is touched by a song, he wants to sing it to others. He shares some great ones via recordings and live performances. One of Thoma...

  • Added: May 31, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Lila Ammons , Credit: Andrea Canter
Audiences know Lila Ammons for her renditions of blues and historic jazz, but the pandemic has caused Lila to think about a new emphasis. She talke...

  • Added: May 24, 2021
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Jennifer Grimm, Credit: Nathan Nelson
Jennifer Grimm sings Judy Garland in front of 7 horns newly arranged by Todd Matheson. Jennifer told Phil Nusbaum that she has always identified wi...

  • Added: May 19, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Monica LaPlante, Credit: Noah Hollander
Monica LaPlante was gaining momentum in the Minneapolis music scene and beyond. But then came Covid. However, Monica adapted to the circumstances, ...

  • Added: May 18, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: River, Credit: Brian Ziemniak
River is three women, Deb Brown, Sara Renner and Jana Anderson who present memorable songs by Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simons. When Phi...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Sarah Morris, Credit: Corrina Bernstein
Songwriter Sarah Morris’ new EP is called “Between here and There.” Always planned as a group of collaborations, it was scaled back to duets becaus...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2021
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Annie Humphrey is an Ojibway songwriter from Leech Lake who balances social activism with entertainment. When Annie talked with Phil Nusbaum about ...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Joan Hutton, Credit: D. Soderstrom
If variety is the spice of life, that’s Joan Hutton. Joan loves composing for varied types of instrumental combinations and playing in varied group...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Kat Perkins, Credit: Vaney Popey
Kat Perkins Performs, leads a music camp for kids and delivers motivational talks. It all comes from her experiences, and begins with music making ...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Tearra Oso Adapts Traditional Puerto Rican Bomba to modern situations, and to cultural and personal healing. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, T...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Levi Schwartzberg, Credit: Andrea Canter
Vibrophonist Levi Schwartzberg is a mover among the young Jazz players in Minneapolis. He composes and performs in many settings, but is most at ho...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Charlie Parr, Credit: Shelly Mosman
Charlie Parr is the type of musician who is always refining past work and creating new ones. When Charlie got together with Phil Nusbaum, Charlie t...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2020
  • Length: 08:00