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: Acme Big Band
1 Piece

This progam features Minnesota Big Bands, including the Nova Big Band, the Acme Big Band and the University of Minnesota. Twenty-five Big Bands in Minnesota have recorded CDs. Interviews with local Big Band personalities are presented occasionally.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Mar 23, 2010
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3 Pieces

Minneapolis high school students script and read 60-second pieces based on research into important figures in African American history.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2010
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4 Pieces

"Classic Jazz MN" is a series exploring Minnesota's classic jazz roots. The series includes shows on Doc Evans, Doc Evans at the Walker Art Center, Preservation Hall Era and the Emporium of Jazz. Written and produced by Butch Thompson. Co-produced by Todd Melby.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 23, 2011
Caption: Jazz At MPS with Josh Jones and the Dynamics
19 Pieces

Jazz music from students in the Minneapolis Public Schools.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 24, 2013
Caption: South High School Jazz Band-director/Scott Carter with guest Irvin Mayfield
6 Pieces

Jazz at South High features music from past and present South High Jazz Ensembles and brand new recordings by the South High Jazz Combo. Each week's show will feature never before heard performances of the South High Jazz Combo that are recorded at South High.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 03, 2013
Caption: KBEM Jazz 88 FM, Credit: http://www.jazz88fm.com
4 Pieces

The Twin Cities Jazz Society annually presents a series of concerts by local artists. Jazz 88 chose six of these concerts to record for broadcast.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2010
Caption: Butch at the Steinway, Credit: Ross Ayoka
4 Pieces

Butch Thompson hosts this program that features original jazz recordings and the occasional live performance.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2011
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12 Pieces

Long-form interviews and performances by Minnesota musicians

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2018
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12 Pieces

Junctions & Sidetracks, the story behind the creation of Empire Builder a musical about a time traveling train. Conversations about family, history, race and forgiveness. Music by George Mauer. Libretto by Ann Bertram. Funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2019
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62 Pieces

Minneapolis High School Students, with the help of a team of educators and poets, were encouraged to write poetry. The poems created by the students are in some cases hard-hitting, and in others, cute.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2014

Latest Pieces

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 ...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Charlie Maguire, Credit: Cheryl Walsh Bellville
Pop Wagner and Charlie Maguire bring Woody Guthrie Legacy Voices to Crooner’s Lounge and Supper Club in Minneapolis on Saturday October 19 at 6pm. ...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
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)
Alan Munde, Adam Granger and Dick Kimmel. The trio brings its virtuosic playing and singing to the Creek House in St Paul on Thursday October 3. Do...

  • 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: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Parisota Hot Club Sets the mood every other Sunday at 7:30 at Volstead’s Emporium, 711 West Lake in Minneapolis, in the Calhoun Building. Catch...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Kinda Fonda Wanda, Credit: Nazarmatos
Kinda Fonda Wanda is a Minneapolis band that evokes the spirit of 50’s rockabilly and Honky Tonk. The band plays for listening and dancing, taking...

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  • Added: Sep 16, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Kinda Fonda Wanda, Credit: Nazarmatos
Kinda Fonda Wanda. It’s a local quartet that evokes the spirit of 50’s rockabilly. They’re playing for listening and dancing Friday night September...

  • Added: Sep 16, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Zeitgeist, Credit: Zoe Prinds-Flash
Zeitgeist New Music Quartet welcomes No Exit New Music from Cleveland for a weekend of concerts together. This collaboration is an annual thing. Co...

  • Added: Sep 12, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ginger Commodore and Yolanda Bruce, Credit: Tom Wallace
Two of the Twin Cities greatest singers, Ginger Commodore and Yolanda Bruce team up this Monday night for a show at Crooners in Fridley called Soph...

  • Added: Sep 12, 2019
  • Length: 08:00