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
24 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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31 Pieces

From humble beginnings in 1970, KBEM-FM has become the most powerful and longest-lasting radio station owned by a Minnesota school district, and one of the nation’s leading broadcast voices for jazz. Explore the people, places and events that have shaped KBEM’s first 50 years in this audio series.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 02, 2022

Latest Pieces

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Rabeca formed to play at a cabaret in 2019. Group members enjoyed the experience and decided to form a group. Though keeping a group together was n...

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Caption: Tonya Hughes and Larry Long by Tony Nelson, Credit: Tony Nelson
Larry Long hosts a new edition of the American Roots Revue, Friday January 13 at the Dakota in Minneapolis, with shows at 6:30 and 8:30pm. The show...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ben Cook-Feltz, Credit: Bob Suh
Ben Cook-Feltz Used to Get his band inside whatever studio, and then bang out a CD. But on Trucks, he tried a whole new approach. The process took ...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Mother Banjo, Credit: Anna Kostochko
Mother Banjo’s new lp is actually a reissue of gospel lp, called The Devil Hasn’t Won. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Mother Banjo, a.k.a. El...

  • Added: Dec 24, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Mother Banjo, Credit: Anna Kostochko
Mother Banjo’s new lp is actually a reissue of gospel lp, called The Devil Hasn’t Won. Mother Banjo, a.k.a. Ellen Stanley performs at Icehouse in M...

  • Added: Dec 24, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Tim Sparks CD Cover, Credit: by Manfred Pollert
The stylistic range of guitarist Tim Sparks is as broad as any, and he does it again on his new CD. The project is called Lost and Found, whose tit...

  • Added: Dec 23, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Tim Sparks Cd Cover by Manfred Pollert, Credit: Manfred Pollert
The stylistic range of guitarist Tim Sparks is as broad as any, and he does it again on his new CD. The project is called Lost and Found, whose tit...

  • Added: Dec 23, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Rat Pack New Year's Eve Art, Credit: Brian Pierce
The Rat Pack was what everybody called a bunch of show biz buddies who like to combine getting together for fun, with putting on a show. The core o...

  • Added: Dec 19, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Kavey Kaviraj by Evin Rodriguez-Sosa, Credit: Evin Rodriguez-Sosa
Pianist Kavey Kaviraj composes music that combines the East Indian forms of his childhood with Jazz. When Kavey spoke with Phil Nusbaum about his m...

  • Added: Dec 19, 2023
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Kavey Kaviraj by Erin Rodriguez-Sosa, Credit: Erin Rodriguez-Sosa
Pianist Kavey Kaviraj composes music that combines the East Indian forms of his childhood with Jazz. Kavy’s quintet presents some of Kavey’s catalo...

  • Added: Dec 19, 2023
  • Length: 08:00