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)
320 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: Erin Schwab and Jay Fuchs Xmas 2021 by The Ant Experience, Credit: The Ant Expeience
Erin Schwab and Jay Fuchs used to do a naughty Christmas Show at Crooners, and a nice one too. But this year, they combine naughty and nice in a si...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Guitarist Zacc Harris curates Monday nights this December at the Icehouse in Minneapolis. Doors open at 6 with music starting at 8PM. Each show is ...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ross Sutter, Credit: Mary Lofgren
Ross Sutter researches and performs traditional Swedish songs and tunes at Christmas and all-year round. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Ross ...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ross Sutter, Credit: Mary Lofgren
Ross Sutter researches and performs traditional Swedish songs and tunes. You can catch Ross with Art Bjorngjeld in a craft market setting, Saturday...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Rondo 56 Group photo, Credit: Dan Chouinard
Rondo 56 tells how the Rondo neighborhood in Saint Paul was changed when Interstate 94 was built right through it. Rondo 56 includes music by a com...

  • Added: Nov 23, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
It must be the holiday season because Cornbread Harris fronts his band at a Blues Party at the Hook and Ladder in Minneapolis. It’ll be next Thursd...

  • Added: Nov 23, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Rondo 56 Group photo, Credit: Dan Chouinard
Rondo 56 tells how the Rondo neighborhood in Saint Paul was changed when Interstate 94 was built right through it. Phil Nusbaum went to a rehearsal...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Dan Chouinard, Credit: Christopher Boudewyns
Rondo 56 tells how the Rondo neighborhood in Saint Paul was changed when Interstate 94 was built right through it. Rondo 56 includes music by a com...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Brian Laidlaw, Credit: Holly Hooper
En route to a PhD in creative writing, Brian Laidlaw was struck by the work of French Canadian poet Emile Nelligan. Brian would up translating the ...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2021
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Minnesota Jazz Legends at Crooners Supper Club, Credit: Andrea Canter
Join Patty Peterson in honoring some of Minnesota's jazz pioneers, Donald Washington, Ruth Johnson, Dick Petersen, Ron Seaman, Art Resnick, Carole ...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2021
  • Length: 01:54:59