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

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
30 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
13 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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602 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

Caption: Rondo 56 Group photo, Credit: Dan Chouinard
Rondo 56 tells how the Rondo neighborhood in Saint Paul was changed when Interstate 94 was built right through it. Phil Nusbaum went to a rehearsal...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Dan Chouinard, Credit: Christopher Boudewyns
Rondo 56 tells how the Rondo neighborhood in Saint Paul was changed when Interstate 94 was built right through it. Rondo 56 includes music by a com...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Brian Laidlaw, Credit: Holly Hooper
En route to a PhD in creative writing, Brian Laidlaw was struck by the work of French Canadian poet Emile Nelligan. Brian would up translating the ...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Minnesota Jazz Legends at Crooners Supper Club, Credit: Andrea Canter
Join Patty Peterson in honoring some of Minnesota's jazz pioneers, Donald Washington, Ruth Johnson, Dick Petersen, Ron Seaman, Art Resnick, Carole ...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2021
  • Length: 01:54:59
Caption: Zeitgeist New Music Ensemble, Credit: Andrea Canter
It was a long wait, but Zeitgeist presents its early music festival featuring the work of Frederick Shefsky this Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 ...

  • Added: Nov 12, 2021
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: Pavel Jany, Credit: Andrea Canter
A few years ago, guitarist Pavel Jany received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant to create a new CD and play some concerts. But then came the pand...

  • Added: Nov 10, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Pavel Jany, Credit: Andrea Canter
A few years ago, guitarist Pavel Jany received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant to create a new CD and play some concerts. But then came the pand...

  • Added: Nov 10, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: New Riverside Ramblers, Credit: Benny Moreno
The New Riverside Ramblers from Minneapolis Have Been Providing Top Notch Cajun Music for Over Thirty Years. Original Rambler Eric Mohring talked t...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: New Riverside Ramblers, Credit: Benny Moreno
The New Riverside Ramblers marks its 30th anniversary with a big dance on Saturday Nov 13 at the Eagles Club in Minneapolis. Original Rambler Eric ...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Kenne Thomas has a new CD called Yesterdays. Kenne is a drummer. But his major reference point is the saxophone sound he heard as a kid growing up ...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2021
  • Length: 08:00