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: Joan Griffith, Credit: Ann Marsen
20 Pieces

Joan Griffith, Twin Cities guitar player and educator, interviews Minnesota jazz artists.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 27, 2016
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13 Pieces

Minneapolis Public School teachers talk with Kevin O'Connor about their accomplishments.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2011
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
10 Pieces

During his 60 years in jazz broadcasting, Leigh Kamman conducted hundreds of interviews with jazz artists, including many from the Minnesota scene. These are being preserved and edited by the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project and presented as The Jazz Image: Minnesota Edition, a continuation of the The Jazz Image: Special Edition series. These projects are part of the process of preserving and sharing the massive archive of historical recordings he left when he passed away in October 2014.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jun 12, 2018
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
13 Pieces

Minnesota jazz broadcasting legend Leigh Kamman conducted hundreds of interviews with jazz artists, including some of jazz's illustrious figures. Now, these treasures have been lovingly preserved and edited into a new series of broadcasts, The Jazz Image: Special Edition. These recordings preserve priceless conversation Leigh Kamman had with such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and Stan Kenton. In his ninth decade, Kamman adds fresh commentary to round out these 5 minute broadcasts, 13 in all in this series.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2014
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409 Pieces

5-minute, highly produced heads-ups highlighting great musical activities in the Twin Cities broadly conceived. The pieces feature the musicians, their music, club owners, fans, in short all of those responsible for creating musical experiences.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Aug 07, 2013
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0 Pieces

Viva City, Festival of the Arts, was initiated thirteen years ago as a way to showcase arts education in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). In this pod cast, we feature the musical portion of Viva City from the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minneapolis.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 29, 2011
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31 Pieces

Minneapolis High School Students comment on Minnesota Arts, Culture and History

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Aug 24, 2011

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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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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
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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
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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
Caption: Anthony Ihrig and Eric Christopher, Credit: Anthony Ihrig
Eric Christopher and Anthony Ihrig have years of experience playing in the 5-piece High 48s bluegrass band. But lately they’ve been working togethe...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2019
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Anthony Ihrig and Eric Christopher, Credit: Anthony Ihrig
Eric Christopher the fiddler and Anthony ihrig on the banjo, members of the High 48s for about a dozen years. You can catch the act Wed November 27...

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  • Added: Nov 11, 2019
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Caption: Steve Kenny, Credit: Andrea Canter
Saturday Nov 23 marks the 287th consecutive week that Steve trumpeter Kenny has booked jazz into the Black in Saint Paul. And on that night at 7PM,...

  • Added: Nov 07, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Matthew Mehaffey with Phil Nusbaum, Credit: Connie Shaver
The Oratorio Society of Minnesota presents a program entitled The French Connection at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis on Friday November...

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