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: Leslie Vincent, Credit: Jessica Holleque
When Leslie Vincent sings, it’s not only the song, but the audience. She performs at the Granada in Minneapolis, Friday night September 3 at 7:30 p...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Kenne Thomas, Credit: Diane Thomas
Kenne Thomas is from Chicago, has lived and played jazz in Japan and then took up residence in the Twin Cities. Kenne’s group, knits together many ...

  • Added: Aug 18, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Kenne Thomas, Credit: Diane Thomas
Kenne Thomas leads his band into Jazz Central in Minneapolis Saturday evening August 28 from 8 till 10 PM. Kenne is from Chicago, lived and played ...

  • Added: Aug 18, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Minneapolis Jazz Guitar Duo, Credit: Rachel Guvenc
David Martin and Serdar G comprise the MJGD - Minneapolis Jazz Guitar Duo. The duo plays a lot of great standards. You might expect that of a jazz ...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Minneapolis Jazz Guitar Duo, Credit: Rachel Guvenc
David Martin and Serdar G comprise the MJGD - Minneapolis Jazz Guitar Duo. The duo plays a lot of great standards. You might expect that of a jazz ...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Scottie Miller, Credit: Jim Vasquez
Scottie Miller’s piano poetry is a whole new thing for Scottie. It brings his poetry and songwriting closer together in a package that is entertain...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Scottie Miller, Credit: Jim Vasquez
Scottie Miller has a new thing, piano poetry. It’s what happens when he delivers his poetry to his improvisation-based piano playing. Scottie’s pia...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Foxgloves, Credit: Aaron Tinklenberg
The Foxgloves is a 6-piece all woman Twin Cities Bluegrass / Americana group. When Nikki Lemire and Steph Snow of the Foxgloves talked about the gr...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Foxgloves, Credit: Aaron Tinklenberg
The Foxgloves is a 6-piece all woman Twin Cities Bluegrass / Americana group performing every second Wednesday at Sociable Cider Werks in Northeast...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Enso Daiko, Credit: Dan Norman
Enso Daiko has been serving up Taiko drumming in the Twin Cities for many years. You can see the group next Sunday 6 to 8 PM in Roseville’s Central...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2021
  • Length: 08:00