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.

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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
3 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: Jan 12, 2017
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)
258 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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17 Pieces

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

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 25, 2016

Latest Pieces

Caption: Tasha Baron, Credit: Mike Madison
Liz Draperand Tasha Baron. Liz plays the bass, Tasha the keyboards. And then there’s the 3rd group member: Modern Technology. When Phil Nusbaum tal...

  • Added: Dec 12, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Liz Draper and Tasha Baron, Credit: Mike Madison
Liz Draperand Tasha Baron. Liz plays the bass, Tasha the keyboards. Catch their act at the Icehouse in Minneapolis, Saturday night Dec 21 from 6 to...

  • Added: Dec 12, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Mankwe Ndosi presents a group of improvisers known as Solar Sistren. Te players take inspiration from their music training, and each other, to crea...

  • Added: Dec 12, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Mankwe Ndosi presents Great Black music December Mondays at 9PM at the Icehouse in Minneapolis. This Monday’s performance is by Solar Sistren. Sola...

  • Added: Dec 12, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Orkestar Bez Ime, Credit: Stefan Iwaskewycz
Kolyada, the Ukrainian word for Christmas carol is the title of a Christmastime performance presented by Orkestar Bez Ime. Kolyada creates a narrat...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Orkestar Bez Ime, Credit: Stefan Iwaskewycz
Kolyada, the Ukrainian word for Christmas carol, is the title of a performance by musicians representing such local groups as Orkestar Bez Ime and ...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: High 48s, Credit: Greg Johnson
Renowned Minnesota songwriter Becky Schlegel is joining forces with the High 48s Bluegrass Band for a show at the Aster in Minneapolis, 9PM Friday ...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Debbie Duncan, Credit: Nathan Yungerberg
Twin Cities Music Icons Debbie Duncan and Andrew Walesch Welcome the Holiday Season with seasonal songs. Phil Nusbaum dropped by as Debbie and Andr...

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  • Added: Nov 27, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Debbie Duncan, Credit: by Nathan Yungerberg
Debbie Duncan and Andrew Walesch, Minnesota jazz icons meet Monday night at 7:30 at Crooners to celebrate the holiday season. Phil Nusbaum visited ...

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  • Added: Nov 27, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jug Sluggers, Credit: Lisa Friedlander
The Jug Sluggers. This eclectic acoustic trio has been singing and playing together for decades. The group plays this Friday at 7PM at Dun Brothers...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2019
  • Length: 08:00