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: 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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393 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

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