KBEM

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Recognized as the Twin Cities’ public radio voice for jazz and education, KBEM is a program of the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Approximately 150 students annually participate in KBEM’s hands-on educational program, which focuses on all aspects of broadcasting and production. Students who develop their skills and select broadcasting experience can gain significant on-air time. The station is on-air 24/7 with 35 hours of student programming each week, with live professional announcers and pre-recorded, syndicated programming filling out the rest of the schedule. KBEM is the only station in the Twin Cities market which offers a jazz format and officially provides MN-DOT traffic reports.

KBEM was initially established at Minneapolis Vocational High School in the 1960s. The station was moved to North High School in 1983 as a part of the District’s desegregation initiative and it continues to reside there today. The vast majority of KBEM students attend North High School.

Series

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1 Piece

This progam features Minnesota Big Bands, including the Nova Big Band, the Acme Big Band and the University of Minnesota. Twenty-five Big Bands in Minnesota have recorded CDs. Interviews with local Big Band personalities are presented occasionally.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Mar 23, 2010
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3 Pieces

Minneapolis high school students script and read 60-second pieces based on research into important figures in African American history.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2010
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4 Pieces

"Classic Jazz MN" is a series exploring Minnesota's classic jazz roots. The series includes shows on Doc Evans, Doc Evans at the Walker Art Center, Preservation Hall Era and the Emporium of Jazz. Written and produced by Butch Thompson. Co-produced by Todd Melby.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 23, 2011
Caption: Jazz At MPS with Josh Jones and the Dynamics
24 Pieces

Jazz music from students in the Minneapolis Public Schools.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 24, 2013
Caption: South High School Jazz Band-director/Scott Carter with guest Irvin Mayfield
6 Pieces

Jazz at South High features music from past and present South High Jazz Ensembles and brand new recordings by the South High Jazz Combo. Each week's show will feature never before heard performances of the South High Jazz Combo that are recorded at South High.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 03, 2013
Caption: KBEM Jazz 88 FM, Credit: http://www.jazz88fm.com
4 Pieces

The Twin Cities Jazz Society annually presents a series of concerts by local artists. Jazz 88 chose six of these concerts to record for broadcast.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2010
Caption: Butch at the Steinway, Credit: Ross Ayoka
4 Pieces

Butch Thompson hosts this program that features original jazz recordings and the occasional live performance.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2011
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12 Pieces

Long-form interviews and performances by Minnesota musicians

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2018
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12 Pieces

Junctions & Sidetracks, the story behind the creation of Empire Builder a musical about a time traveling train. Conversations about family, history, race and forgiveness. Music by George Mauer. Libretto by Ann Bertram. Funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2019
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31 Pieces

From humble beginnings in 1970, KBEM-FM has become the most powerful and longest-lasting radio station owned by a Minnesota school district, and one of the nation’s leading broadcast voices for jazz. Explore the people, places and events that have shaped KBEM’s first 50 years in this audio series.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 02, 2022

Latest Pieces

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Leigh Kamman interviews pianist, composer and arranger Adi Yeshaya. Adi has arranged and orchestrated for many great musicians including Lena Horne...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2023
  • Length: 05:48
Caption: Luke LeBlanc by Sara Bel Kloetzke, Credit: Sara Bel Kloetzke
Creating a CD is a process that has a lot of moving parts. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Luke discussed how his CD Places came together, sta...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Luke LeBlanc by Sara Bel Kloetzke, Credit: Sara Bel Kloetzke
Songwriter Luke LeBlanc presents his new CD Places next Friday, December 15 at Icehouse in Minneapolis. Creating a CD requires coordinating a lot o...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ben Cook-Feltz by Ben Suh, Credit: Ben Suh
Ben Cook-Feltz is hosting the 3rd annual Holiday Shindig to Benefit Rein in Sarcoma. This year’s event takes place Sunday December 10 at 5pm at KJs...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2023
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: Robert Robinson, Credit: Terence Penister
Gwen Matthews and Robert Robinson celebrate the Christmas season with A Joyful Night of Christmas, 7:30pm Monday December fourth at Crooner’s Suppe...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Courtney Burton, Credit: Tera Gerardin
Vocalist Courtney Burton and the Minnesota Jazz Chamber Orchestra perform distinctive holiday shows. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Courtney ...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Courtney Burton, Credit: Tera Gerardin
Vocalist Courtney Burton leads the Minnesota Jazz Chamber Orchestra in four holiday shows this season. Catch the act at 7pm Thursday December 21 at...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Maud Hixson, Credit: Olivia Wilcox
Vocalist Maud Hixson has a deep knowledge of American song, including songs for the holidays. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, she first talked...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Maud Hixson, Credit: Olivia Wilcox
Vocalist Maud Hixson has a deep knowledge of American song. Maud presents some of her seasonal favorites in concert this Saturday night, December 1...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Davu Seru, Credit: Andrea Canter
Percussionist Davu Seru, Levi Schwartzberg on the vibes and saxophonist Nathan Hanson have played together over the years in multiple bands. Nathan...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2023
  • Length: 08:00