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)
247 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: The Tropics Steel Drum Band, Credit: Jill Alleyne
The Tropics Steel Drum Band is a duet that shares music that comes originally from Trinidad and Tobago and features the steel pan or drum. Guitaris...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Lila Ammons , Credit: Andrea Canter
Lila Ammons lives in Minneapolis and travels the world singing blues and Jazz. Lila happens to be the dranddaughter of jazz pianist Albert Ammons a...

  • Added: Jul 21, 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: JC Sanford and Asuka Kikitani, Credit: Rie Takaoka
JC Sanford and Asuka Kakitani lead Inatnas into Crooner’s Sunday night Jul 21. This is a big band playing music composed by JC and Asuka. When they...

  • Added: Jul 15, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Lori Dokken, Credit: Jennifer Bong
Lori Dokken, the great all around musician has two great things coming up. Friday July 26, right after work from 6 till 8, Lori hosts a piano bar a...

  • Added: Jul 12, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: John Penny, Credit: Andrea Canter
John Penny is a local guy who has a multi-faceted career in music. These days he is doing a lot of playing, and John leads his group, Equatis, into...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Singleton Street, Credit: Bryan French
Singleton Street is a trio led by Sherri and Chuck Leyda of Delano. Lately Singleton Street has been describing itself “Ameri-Celtic-ana.” When Phi...

  • Added: Jul 09, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Singleton Street, Credit: Bryan French
Singleton Street is a trio led by Sherry and Chuck Leyda of Delano. The group plays Wed July 17 at Central Park in Delano at 6:30, and at Veterans ...

  • Added: Jul 09, 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: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Pamela McNeill is a Twin Cities singer and songwriter who records and performs contemporary country music. Pamela celebrates her new CD called Soli...

  • Added: Jul 07, 2019
  • Length: 08:00