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: Tjarnblom, Credit: Erica Pirness
Tjänrnblom plays traditional music from Swedish and Finnish tradition, and the group’s tunes . The group plays Thursday August 5 at the American S...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Charmin Michelle and Dennis Spears have been friends for so long that it’s kind of a surprise that they’ve never shared a stage. But that changes t...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Katia Cardenas, Credit: Rebecca Slater
With her voice injury and Covid in the rearview mirror, Katia Cardenas is back singing jazz. Katia told Phil Nusbaum that hers is a mix of picking ...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Katia Cardenas, Credit: Rebecca Slater
With her voice injury and Covid in the rearview mirror, Katia Cardenas is back singing jazz. Catch Katia at 8PM this Friday night at the Granada in...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Maud Hixson, Credit: Olivia Wilcox
Maud Hixson performs Songs of the 1920s this Saturday July 24 at Crooner’s in Minneapolis. Then on Sunday August 1, Maud is right back at Crooner’s...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Roseville Community Band, Credit: Kathy Boldt
The Roseville Community Band has been around for well over 60 years. The group plays locally and has traveled to other states and foreign countries...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Roseville Community Band, Credit: Kathy Boldt
The Roseville Community Band has been around for well over 60 years. The group plays locally and has traveled to other states and foreign countries...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Pat Donohue, Credit: Philip Nusbaum
Pat Donohue, Tim Sparks and Phil Heywood are Minnesota-based guitarists who play the strings using individual fingers, in other words, without hold...

  • Added: Jul 09, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Plant Based Poets performance flyer, Credit: Jesse Brodd
The Plant Based Poets Show stages organic self-expression through live music, dance, art & food. It’ll be outdoors at the Hook and Ladder in Minnea...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ian George, Credit: Danielle Aubert
Ian George thinks that magic happens when jazz geniuses interpret his folkish compositions. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Ian addressed how ...

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