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: Susan Spongberg, Credit: Frank T. Heffelfinger III
9 Pieces

Minnesota Creates is curious about how creativity occurs, so Susan Spongberg asked an assortment of Minnesota artists how do you choreography a dance? Where do your novel’s characters come from? How do you decide what to paint?

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2014
Caption: Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders, Credit: Jim Davis
5 Pieces

Minnesota has many wonderful jazz musicians, still playing well into their 80's. Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders, features live and in studio performances and interviews, talking about their careers in the Twin Cities from early on to present.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 11, 2021
Caption: Jazz 88 FM, Credit: http://www.jazz88fm.com
15 Pieces

Minnesota Music Moment is a weekly feature of KBEM FM 88.5, each week highlighting a different Minnesota musician.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Feb 25, 2011
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
324 Pieces

Each item in the series tells how a musicians is inspired, how s/he works, their goals and intents for their work; in general, how each gets motivation and follows through with a creative project.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Oct 09, 2015
Caption: Arne Fogel, Credit: John Whiting
65 Pieces

Minnesota Voices-Certain Standards Minnesota Vocalists perform new renditions of the Great American Songbook. Arne Fogel-Host

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2012
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2 Pieces

In a world and time of differences, music has the power to bring us together, to unite us through a shared experience. Music knows no boundaries. It transcends that which keeps us apart. Join Jazz88 for an evening of discovery with Music Without Borders.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Sep 04, 2019
Caption: Bobb Fantauzzo performing with Lyz Jaakola, Credit: Andrea Canter
18 Pieces

Native flute player Bobb Fantauzzo illuminates the contributions made by jazz musicians with Native American heritage.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 19, 2016
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4 Pieces

Butch Thompson's Piano Bench Show looks at the piano stylings of the early performers of jazz.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2011
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Perspectives relating to Minnesota culture, history and the arts contributed by Minneapolis high school students.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2010
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20 Pieces

Joan Griffith, Twin Cities musician and educator, has conversations with prominent Minnesota jazz musicians.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 25, 2016

Latest Pieces

Caption: Sprig of That, Credit: AJ Williams
Sprig of That shares the bill with Anthony Ihrig at the Ice House in Minneapolis, Wednesday June 30 at 7:30. Sprig of that consists of violinist Is...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Andrew Walesch, Credit: Heidi Ross
Many Forces Had to Come Together to Create a Twin Cities Jazz Fest This Year, but it is happening Friday through Sunday June 25-27. Learn about it ...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Levi Schwartzberg, Credit: Andrea Canter
The Levi Schwartzberg Quartet reflects detailed study of the Bebop masters of more than 50 years ago, and plays with a refreshing sensibility. In ...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Levi Schwartzberg, Credit: Andrea Canter
The Levi Schwartzberg Quartet brings a Bebop sensibility to its online show streamed from Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis, this Saturday at 8PM...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
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