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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20 Pieces

Joan Griffith, Twin Cities musician and educator, has conversations with prominent Minnesota jazz musicians.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 25, 2016
Caption: Joan Griffith, Credit: Ann Marsen
20 Pieces

Joan Griffith, Twin Cities guitar player and educator, interviews Minnesota jazz artists.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 27, 2016
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13 Pieces

Minneapolis Public School teachers talk with Kevin O'Connor about their accomplishments.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2011
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
48 Pieces

During his 60-plus years in jazz broadcasting, Leigh Kamman conducted hundreds of interviews with jazz artists, including many from the Minnesota scene. These are being preserved and edited by the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project and presented as The Jazz Image: Minnesota Edition, a continuation of the The Jazz Image: Special Edition series. These projects are part of the process of preserving and sharing the massive archive of historical recordings he left when he passed away in October 2014.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2020
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
14 Pieces

Minnesota jazz broadcasting legend Leigh Kamman conducted hundreds of interviews with jazz artists, including some of jazz's illustrious figures. Now, these treasures have been lovingly preserved and edited into a new series of broadcasts, The Jazz Image: Special Edition. These recordings preserve priceless conversation Leigh Kamman had with such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and Stan Kenton. In his ninth decade, Kamman adds fresh commentary to round out these 5 minute broadcasts, 13 in all in this series.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2014
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686 Pieces

5 to 8-minute, highly produced heads-ups highlighting great musical activities in the Twin Cities broadly conceived. The pieces feature the musicians, their music, club owners, fans, in short all of those responsible for creating musical experiences.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Dec 10, 2019
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0 Pieces

Viva City, Festival of the Arts, was initiated thirteen years ago as a way to showcase arts education in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). In this pod cast, we feature the musical portion of Viva City from the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minneapolis.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 29, 2011
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31 Pieces

Minneapolis High School Students comment on Minnesota Arts, Culture and History

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Aug 24, 2011

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Caption: Hounds of Finn, Credit: Crystal Liepa Photography
The Hounds of Finn plays this weekend at one of its established hot spots, Charlie’s irish Pub in Stillwater, 7:30-11:30 on Friday and Saturday. It...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2013
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Michael Hauser, Credit: LaCross Journal
Michael Hauser is a long-term Twin Cities flamenco guitarist. He is called to play by flamenco dance groups and he also plays for general audiences...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2013
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Irv Williams at the Dakota, Credit: http://www.dakotacooks.com/artist/irv-williams/
Irv Williams is 94 years old on Aug 17, On August 16, Irv plays his weekly gig at the Dakota in Minneapolis. Irv is a Twin Cities musical instituti...

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  • Added: Aug 08, 2013
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Caption: The High 48s
We learn about the high 48's performance and jam camp at the MN Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival in Richmond, MN. Show for Aug 5 - 9, 2013.

  • Added: Aug 07, 2013
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Jazz Noir cast: Jack, Ezekiel, Avon and Kelly, Credit: Patrick Photography
For those who long for “the grand old days” of radio, Jazz88 KBEM has answered the call. Jazz Noir is a new original radio series complete with liv...

  • Added: Jul 08, 2013
  • Length: 57:21
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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'...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2013
  • Length: 01:03:14
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In the Spring of 2010, the South Jazz program was approached about hosting their own radio show on KBEM-FM, 88.5 FM. After discussion of process an...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2013
  • Length: 01:01:22
Caption: South High School Jazz Band-director/Scott Carter with guest Irvin Mayfield
In the Spring of 2010, the South Jazz program was approached about hosting their own radio show on KBEM-FM, 88.5 FM. After discussion of process a...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2013
  • Length: 57:52
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In the Spring of 2010, the South Jazz program was approached about hosting their own radio show on KBEM-FM, 88.5 FM. After discussion of process a...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2012
  • Length: 58:44
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In the Spring of 2010, the South Jazz program was approached about hosting their own radio show on KBEM-FM, 88.5 FM. After discussion of process a...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2012
  • Length: 55:06