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: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Davina of Davina and the Vagabonds is known for her singing and her songwriting. But sometimes the band performs so frequently that she finds it di...

  • Added: May 06, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Patty Peterson, Credit: Jennifer Bong
Patty Peterson presents Jazz Women All-Stars on Mother’s Day, May 9. The show is available by streaming at 3PM and 7PM this Sunday. Patty gets her ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Maud Hixson, Credit: Olivia Wilcox
Maud Hixson’s Doris Day show was such a hit at Crooner’s that she’s doing it again Mother’s Day weekend, May 8 at 5PM and May 9 at 4. It turns out ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: River, Credit: Brian Ziemniak
River is three women, Deb Brown, Sara Renner and Jana Anderson who present memorable songs by Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simons. When Phi...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Brian, Credit: Brian Ziemniak
River is three women, Deb Brown, Sara Renner and Jana Anderson who present memorable songs by Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simons. When Phi...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Sarah Morris, Credit: Corrina Bernstein
Songwriter Sarah Morris’ new EP is called “Between here and There.” Always planned as a group of collaborations, it was scaled back to duets becaus...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2021
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Annie Humphrey is an Ojibway songwriter from Leech Lake who balances social activism with entertainment. When Annie talked with Phil Nusbaum about ...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: 2 Girls and a Boyd, Credit: Kathleen Tauer
Two Girls And a Boyd is a Vocal Harmony-Driven Group that the three Singers dreamed about for years. And when Richard Kriehn joined the band, his m...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: 2 Girls and a Boyd, Credit: Kathleen Tauer
Two Girls And a Boyd is a vocal harmony-driven Group that the three Singers dreamed of for years. And when Richard Kriehn joined the band, his ma...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Joan Hutton, Credit: D. Soderstrom
If variety is the spice of life, that’s Joan Hutton. Joan loves composing for varied types of instrumental combinations and playing in varied group...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 08:00