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.

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62 Pieces

Minneapolis High School Students, with the help of a team of educators and poets, were encouraged to write poetry. The poems created by the students are in some cases hard-hitting, and in others, cute.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2014
Caption: Susan Spongberg, Credit: Frank T. Heffelfinger III
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Minnesota Creates is curious about how creativity occurs, so Susan Spongberg asked an assortment of Minnesota artists how do you choreography a dance? Where do your novel’s characters come from? How do you decide what to paint?

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2014
Caption: Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders, Credit: Jim Davis
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Minnesota has many wonderful jazz musicians, still playing well into their 80's. Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders, features live and in studio performances and interviews, talking about their careers in the Twin Cities from early on to present.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 11, 2021
Caption: Jazz 88 FM, Credit: http://www.jazz88fm.com
15 Pieces

Minnesota Music Moment is a weekly feature of KBEM FM 88.5, each week highlighting a different Minnesota musician.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Feb 25, 2011
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.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Oct 09, 2015
Caption: Arne Fogel, Credit: John Whiting
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Minnesota Voices-Certain Standards Minnesota Vocalists perform new renditions of the Great American Songbook. Arne Fogel-Host

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2012
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In a world and time of differences, music has the power to bring us together, to unite us through a shared experience. Music knows no boundaries. It transcends that which keeps us apart. Join Jazz88 for an evening of discovery with Music Without Borders.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Sep 04, 2019
Caption: Bobb Fantauzzo performing with Lyz Jaakola, Credit: Andrea Canter
18 Pieces

Native flute player Bobb Fantauzzo illuminates the contributions made by jazz musicians with Native American heritage.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 19, 2016
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Butch Thompson's Piano Bench Show looks at the piano stylings of the early performers of jazz.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2011
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Perspectives relating to Minnesota culture, history and the arts contributed by Minneapolis high school students.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2010

Latest Pieces

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Carei Thomas and Joan Griffith talk about some of the things that inspired Carei's composition, "The Usual Topic."

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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Pianist Laura Caviani performs a rendition of "Solfeggietto" along with Joan Griffith on bass.

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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Pianist Laura Caviani is joined with Joan Griffith on their rendition of Pat Metheny's tune, "Travels."

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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Oscar Peterson's original composition "Kelly's Blues" is skillfully performed by Mary Louise Knutson and Joan Griffith, on piano and bass guitar, r...

  • Added: May 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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Guitarist Sam Miltich joins Joan Griffith as they play Jacob do Bandolim's song, "Noites Cariocas."

  • Added: May 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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Guitarist Zacc Harris and Joan Griffith discuss some of the inspirations behind one of Zacc's original compositions, "The Garden."

  • Added: May 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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Jazz composer Carei Thomas reflects on his original composition, "Baby Baby, Home Buddy," along with Joan Griffith.

  • Added: May 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Bobb Fantauzzo with ensemble
A Weaving of Traditions is a tribute to jazz musicians with Native American roots. Bobb Fantauzzo, Native flute player, performed this concert in ...

Bought by Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota, WNMU-FM, and WNMU-FM


  • Added: May 23, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
When you listen to a big band recording, you have the pleasure of engaging with a large number of talented musicians. But even if it is a small big...

  • Added: May 20, 2016
  • Length: 08:10
Caption: Rosemount Jazz Blast 2016 poster, Credit: John Zschunke
Summer is here and that means Minnesotans Go Outside to events like Jazz Blast. Held in Rosemount, Jazz Blast presents a varied group of jazz artis...

  • Added: May 20, 2016
  • Length: 04:59