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: Acme Big Band
1 Piece

This progam features Minnesota Big Bands, including the Nova Big Band, the Acme Big Band and the University of Minnesota. Twenty-five Big Bands in Minnesota have recorded CDs. Interviews with local Big Band personalities are presented occasionally.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Mar 23, 2010
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3 Pieces

Minneapolis high school students script and read 60-second pieces based on research into important figures in African American history.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2010
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4 Pieces

"Classic Jazz MN" is a series exploring Minnesota's classic jazz roots. The series includes shows on Doc Evans, Doc Evans at the Walker Art Center, Preservation Hall Era and the Emporium of Jazz. Written and produced by Butch Thompson. Co-produced by Todd Melby.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 23, 2011
Caption: Jazz At MPS with Josh Jones and the Dynamics
19 Pieces

Jazz music from students in the Minneapolis Public Schools.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 24, 2013
Caption: South High School Jazz Band-director/Scott Carter with guest Irvin Mayfield
6 Pieces

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's show will feature never before heard performances of the South High Jazz Combo that are recorded at South High.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 03, 2013
Caption: KBEM Jazz 88 FM, Credit: http://www.jazz88fm.com
4 Pieces

The Twin Cities Jazz Society annually presents a series of concerts by local artists. Jazz 88 chose six of these concerts to record for broadcast.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2010
Caption: Butch at the Steinway, Credit: Ross Ayoka
4 Pieces

Butch Thompson hosts this program that features original jazz recordings and the occasional live performance.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2011
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12 Pieces

Long-form interviews and performances by Minnesota musicians

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2018
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12 Pieces

Junctions & Sidetracks, the story behind the creation of Empire Builder a musical about a time traveling train. Conversations about family, history, race and forgiveness. Music by George Mauer. Libretto by Ann Bertram. Funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2019
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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

Latest Pieces

Caption: Patty and the Buttons, Credit: Elizabeth Windsperger
Patty and the Buttons recently resumed playing their Sunday Swing Brunches at the Aster Care in Minneapolis. It’s on every week from 11 AM to 2 PM....

  • Added: Sep 25, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Reynold Philipsek, Credit: Tom Tremel
Reynold Philipsek’s new EP was created in the midst of social unrest and a pandemic. When Reynold talked with Phil Nusbaum, Reynold filled us in on...

  • Added: Sep 24, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Kendra Glenn, Credit: Roosevelt Mansfield
Kendra Glenn started singing as a young kid in Chicago. She has blossomed into a busy upper midwest soulful singer who also writes some of her song...

  • Added: Sep 23, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: NUNNABOVE, Credit: Michele Pollard
The new song by NUNNABOVE is called “Connection.” NUNNABOVE is a group of four brothers and sisters from Woodbury who perform and record their own ...

  • Added: Sep 16, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Steve Heckler, Credit: Steve Heckler
The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is held September 17 and 18 this fall and is live at multiple venues and available virtually, too. When festival dire...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: PaviElle French, Credit: Sharolyn B. Hagen
Recent songs by PaviElle French reflect her deep disappointment with the deep cultural rifts that came to the forefront with the George Floyd Murde...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: PaviElle French, Credit: Sharolyn B. Hagen
Recent songs by PaviElle French reflect her deep disappointment with the deep cultural rifts that came to the forefront with the George Floyd Murde...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Selby Avenue Jazz Fest is live, Saturday September 11 from 11 AM till 7:30 PM. As usual, Michael Wright, owner of the Golden Thyme Coffee and C...

  • Added: Sep 03, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Alan Jesperson, Credit: Craig Evans
The annual Laughing Waters Bluegrass Festival, held 1-7 PM on Labor Day at Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis presents the best of local bluegrass, plu...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Leslie Vincent, Credit: Jessica Holleque
When Leslie Vincent sings, it is about the audience. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Leslie opened up about her thought process in planning a ...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2021
  • Length: 08:00