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: clockwise from top left; Lori Dokken, Patti Peterson, Rachel Harder, Judy Vinar, Credit: Lori Dokken
I Am Woman Hear Me Roar shines lights on great women artists of the past 50 years or so. Lori Dokken is the great motivator of this event which inc...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: clockwise from upper left; Lori Dokken, Patty Peterson, Rachel Harder, Judy Vinar, Credit: Lori Dokken
I Am Woman Hear Me Roar shines lights on great women artists of the past 50 years or so, 7PM this Friday night at the Belvedere at Crooners in Minn...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Thomas Bruce, Credit: Thomas Bruce
When Thomas Bruce is touched by a song, he wants to sing it to others. He shares some great ones via recordings and live performances. One of Thoma...

  • Added: May 31, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Thomas Bruce, Credit: Thomas Bruce
When Thomas Bruce is touched by a song, he wants to sing it to others. He’s sharing some great ones at Crooner’s Dunsmore Room Friday evening June ...

  • Added: May 31, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Lila Ammons , Credit: Andrea Canter
Audiences know Lila Ammons for her renditions of blues and historic jazz, but the pandemic has caused Lila to think about a new emphasis. She talke...

  • Added: May 24, 2021
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Lila Ammons , Credit: Andrea Canter
Lila Ammons performs Saturday night June 5 at 7 at the Granada in Minneapolis. Twin Cities music fans know Lila Ammons for her renditions of blues ...

  • Added: May 24, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jennifer Grimm, Credit: Nathan Nelson
Jennifer Grimm sings Judy Garland in front of 7 horns newly arranged by Todd Matheson. Jennifer told Phil Nusbaum that she has always identified wi...

  • Added: May 19, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jennifer Grimm, Credit: Nathan Nelson
This Saturday night, Jennifer Grimm sings Judy Garland in front of 7 horns newly arranged by Todd Mathison. Jennifer told Phil Nusbaum that she has...

  • Added: May 19, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Monica LaPlante, Credit: Noah Hollander
Monica LaPlante was gaining momentum in the Minneapolis music scene and beyond. But then came Covid. However, Monica adapted to the circumstances, ...

  • Added: May 18, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Monica LaPlante, Credit: Noah Hollander
Monica LaPlante was gaining momentum in the Minneapolis music scene and beyond, but then came Covid. However, Monica adapted to the circumstances, ...

  • Added: May 18, 2021
  • Length: 08:00