Minnesota Music Profiles

Series produced by KBEM

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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.

Each Minnesota Music Profile focuses on a musician or group. Listeners learn some of the behind-the-scenes stuff related to the creative process. Programs in the series are under 10 minutes in length. They can be run anytime because they are not time sensitive. These pieces are especially appropriate when subjects perform in the areas served by given radio stations.


252 Pieces

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Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
with Acme arranger Bob Parsons and vocalist Arne Fogel for some inside Acme Jazz Company insights.

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  • Added: Oct 18, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ticket to Brasil, Credit: Andrea Canter
Pavel Jany has led Natania and Ticket to Brasil for decades. The group does bossa nova and related styles old and new. But the group values origina...

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  • Added: Oct 13, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
This Twin Cities Jazz Festival takes place multiple times of year, and locates itself indoors or out, according to the season. It’s an event with a...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ray Barnard and band, Credit: Craig Mullenbach
Ray Barnard is a pianist who escapes categorization. His thing is noticing the multiple stylistic possibilities for good songs. In a conversation w...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Charlie Maguire, Credit: Cheryl Walsh Bellville
Pop Wagner and Charlie Maguire have created a performance called Woody Guthrie Legacy Voices. It combines Woody Guthrie songs framed in selections ...

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  • Added: Sep 21, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Alan Munde, Adam Granger and Dick Kimmel. The trio travels to deliver memorable bluegrass performances. Guitarist Adam Granger talked to Phil Nusba...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Parisota Hot Club plays Hot Club Music the Old Way, and also Enjoys branching Out into New Directions. The lead of the band is Robb Henry. When...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: House on Fire Band, Credit: Joel Shapira
The house on Fire Band with songs written by Chris Hepola mixes tight arrangements with improvisation. And you might say it tends to be a little da...

  • Added: Sep 05, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: JC Sanford , Credit: Andrea Canter
JC Sanford leads a trio, called Triocracy as well as a quartet. With two saxophones and a trombone, JC considers the trio chamber jazz. In a conver...

  • Added: Aug 29, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Rena Haus sings, plays and leads a trio. Rena sings songs of others, but also does a lot of her own compositions. Phil Nusbaum asked her about her ...

  • Added: Aug 18, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Emma and Jacob Taggart are a brother and sister piano duet from Blaine, Minnesota. They play concerts, they tour and they’ve been featured on TV an...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Jorgensens, Credit: Jim Vasquez and Meredith Fierke
Brianna and Kurt are MNs who are enchanted with New Orleans. It is because of that city’s unique sensory experiences. You really hear it in the Jor...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Space, Credit: Andrea Canter
Space is a Twin Cities Jazz group whose members are young veterans. Members are jack Courtright, trombone; Will Schmid on the guitar, keyboardist P...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: J.C. Sanford and Asuka Kakitani, Credit: Rie Takaoka
Inatnas is the work of two modern big band composers, Asuka Kakitani and JC Sanford. When they got together with interviewer Phil Nusbaum, they tal...

  • Added: Jul 15, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Pamela McNeill is Contemporary singer and songwriter who sings and plays modern country music. When Pamela got together with Phil Nusbaum, the talk...

  • Added: Jul 07, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Tjärnblom, Credit: Ralph Tuttila
Tjarnblom plays with a nychelharpa, cello, mandolin and harmonium. It isn’t the usual lineup for a Nordic Band. But this is no ordinary Nordic band...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Cornbread Harris is perhaps Minnesota’s most iconic musician. He’s still going strong at 92 years old, playing shows around town. Cornbread's given...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
John Penny started in music as a jazz guitarist, but found that he loved composing. He writes for bands he is part of, and he also composes such th...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jon de Vaal, Credit: Jennifer Russell
Jon de Vaal plays solo, and in a trio, and sometimes with a singer. But most of his work is as a background pianist. But people often tell Jon that...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2019
  • Length: 08:00