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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683 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

Latest Pieces

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Nunnabove is an all-sibling band that composes, sings and plays, and brings it to the Dakota in Minneapolis, Wednesday January 18 at 7PM. When band...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
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Cumar means confluence in Irish Gaelic, and Cumar is also the name of a Twin Cities group that combines African and irish Music and Dance. Phil Nus...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Cumar poster, Credit: Nick Lethert
Cumar means confluence in Irish Gaelic, and Cumar is also the name of a Twin Cities group that combines African and Irish Music and Dance. The grou...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
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When the Twin Cities Flamenco Collective performs, it’s a combination of singing, dancing and guitar playing. To pull it off, the performers have t...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2023
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: jazz88 logo 2022, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
When the Twin Cities Flamenco Collective performs, it’s a combination of singing, dancing and guitar playing. To pull it off, the performers have ...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2023
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: Lila Ammons, Credit: Andrea Canter
Lila Ammons has always been interested in stylings from the history of jazz. On her trio’s show this Wednesday, January 11 at the Prior lake librar...

  • Added: Jan 05, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Jorgensens, Credit: Jim Vasquez and Meredith Fierke
Twin Cities wife and husband team Brianna and Kurt Jorgensen perform and compose music together. Living together makes it oh-so-convenient to work ...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Jorgensens, Credit: Jim Vasquez and Meredith Fierke
Twin Cities wife and husband team Brianna and Kurt Jorgensen perform and compose music together. Living together makes it oh-so-convenient to work ...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
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Since the 1990's guitarist Steve Blons has been active as a teacher and freelance musician and for many years played weekly at the Dakota Club in M...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2022
  • Length: 05:32
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Guitarist Reuben Ristrom has been a stalwart in the music scene in the Twin Cities for many years. Reuben plays all styles of Jazz and in 2018 was ...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2022
  • Length: 06:04