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
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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638 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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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we take a look at the early years and what the station sounded like in the 1970s and 80s. Made possible by the ...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2022
  • Length: 02:24
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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we take a birds eye view of the 5 decades on the air starting with the 1970s. Made possible by the Minnesota Ar...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2022
  • Length: 02:49
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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we talk to Patty Peterson about her work on the Jazz Elders project that highlights MN Jazz artists through the...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2022
  • Length: 05:21
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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we take a look at the student radio program and how it has changed. And we hear about plans for the future. Mad...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2022
  • Length: 05:53
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
One of Jeff Perry’s specialties is giving Jazz spins to pop music. Audiences get a big kick out of both the excellence of Jeff’s group, and also fi...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
One of Jeff Perry’s specialties is giving Jazz spins to pop music. Audiences get a big kick out of both the excellence of Jeff’s group, and also fi...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Bruce Henry, Credit: Jennifer Bong
Bruce Henry has dual careers: He is a singer and an educator. Bruce created a syllabus on the history of African American music, and used it as a b...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo 2022, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Piano player Ethan Iverson, bassist Anthony Cox and drummer Kevin Washington play a version of Jazz that is both grounded and free. Kevin expanded ...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Pianist Ethan Iverson Joins bassist Anthony Cox and drummer Kevin Washington for an evening of Jazz that is both grounded and free. The show is at ...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Duniya Drum and Dance is bringing back Fakoly as a yearly Twin Cities African drum and dance community event. It’ll be held Friday – Sunday June 17...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2022
  • Length: 08:00