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: Kenne Thomas, Credit: Diane Thomas
Kenne Thomas has a new CD called Yesterdays. The CD release event takes place at the Dakota in Minneapolis, Tuesday November 9 at 7PM. Kenne is a d...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Bernstein. The Production features some of Bernstein’s vast catalog of musical creations, plus his correspondence with family members and other mus...

  • Added: Oct 24, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Dear Lenny: Bernstein’s Life in Songs and Letters pays tribute to the multi-dimensional Leonard Bernstein. The production features some of his vast...

  • Added: Oct 24, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Gypsy, one of Minnesota’s most popular groups ever, marks its fiftieth anniversary with a CD called Red Stone Line. The songs on the CD were writte...

  • Added: Oct 22, 2021
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Gypsy, one of Our Town’s most popular groups ever, plays its 50 year anniversary show at Crooners, Saturday November 13 at 7PM. But suddenly, Gypsy...

  • Added: Oct 22, 2021
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: PK Mayo aka Paul Mayasich, Credit: John Botkin
PK Mayo, aka Paul Mayasich continues his tradition of creating music in multiple styles on his new CD, entitled Simple Search for Truth. In Mayo’s ...

  • Added: Oct 15, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ben Ehrlich, Credit: Josh Gilbert
Drummer Ben Ehrlich leads a group that features original work and reworkings that also seem original. Interviewer Phil Nusbaum is in Ben’s studio....

  • Added: Oct 13, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ben Ehrlich, Credit: Josh Gilbert
The Ben Ehrlich Quartet performs at Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis Friday night October 22 at 8PM. Ben plays the drums, and other group member...

  • Added: Oct 13, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jenny Klukken, Credit: Adrian Suarez
Jenny Klukken takes the marimba into unexpected musical places. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Jenny talked about her distinct musical path.

  • Added: Oct 11, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jenny Klukken, Credit: Adrian Suarez
Jenny Klukken takes the marimba into unexpected musical places. She’s at the Ice House in Minneapolis Wednesday October 20 at 8PM. In a conversatio...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2021
  • Length: 08:00