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.


205 Pieces

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Caption: Tim Sparks and James Buckley CD cover art, Credit: James Tallala
Guitarist Tim Sparks and bassist James Buckley. It’s a duet that adds to the legacies of the great songs they play. Phil Nusbaum talked to Tim and ...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: New Riverside Ramblers, Credit: Benny Moreno
The New Riverside Ramblers is a Minneapolis-based Cajun music band that has been entertaining dancers and listeners for decades. Phil Nusbaum talke...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2019
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Salsa del Soul, Credit: Lisa K Hyatt Photography
Salsa is where virtuosic music meets great dancing. Shai Hayo plays timbales and leads this Minneapolis/Saint Paul-based band. He spoke with Phil N...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Mary Bue, Credit: Angelica Engel
Mary Bue’s songs focus on lived experience, which is one reason her shows are so compelling. When Mary got together with Phil Nusbaum, the talk tur...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Common Ground Company, Credit: Tim McG Photography
The Minneapolis-based Common Ground Company is part of the new wave of bluegrass bands. In this report, Phil Nusbaum talks with Jorgan Wadkins and ...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Steve Clarke, Credit: Neil Schloner
Maurice Jacox and Steve Clark are Minnesota music legends in a new collaboration called Blue Book. Maurice is a much awarded vocalist known for his...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Hoaxer, Credit: Lee Tran
Hoaxer is a band made up of Edmund Catlin, Peter Goggin, Will Kjeer and Charlie Lincoln. The band formed when all the players were Twin Cities high...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Sophia Shorai, Credit: Bernadette Pollard
Jazz singer Sophia Shorai is a great song interpreter, who enjoys singing in front of small instrumental groups. When Sophia got together with Int...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Arna Rennan is one of a small group of artists who respond to both traditional style and the cutting edges of Nordic traditional music. In her musi...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Give Get Sistet, Credit: Uchechukwu Iroegbu
The Give-Get Sistet is so named because it is an all-woman singing group. The group pulls songs from many world cultures when it performs. Phil Nus...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Larry McDonough and Joel Shapira, Credit: Andrea Canter and Emily Jane Davis
Pianist Larry McDonough and guitarist Joel Shapira specialize in interpreting the piano and guitar duet from decades back, Bill Evans and Jim Hall....

  • Added: Nov 08, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: David Harland, Credit: Joanna Gail
David Harland performs and composes finger-style guitar music. David’s style today is the result of a gradual evolution. He talked about it with Ph...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Nathan Hanson, Credit: Benny Moreno
Nathan Hanson is a saxophonist with international credits who is based in Saint Paul, MN. , in 2006, not long after returning to Minnesota after 8 ...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2018
  • Length: 12:40
Caption: Siama holding mbira, Credit: Dallas Johnson
Siama is a Congolese singer and player guy who has been living in the United States for decades. He’s played many styles but in recent years, he ha...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Selby Avenue Big Band. The group is out of St Paul, MN. Members of the band support each other’s musical expertise and preferences, and as a re...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Kat Perkins, Credit: Vaney Poyey
Kat Perkins. She’s a small-town kid from a musical family who started writes and sings rock music. The trail led through the television show The Vo...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Adam Meckler Orchestra, Credit: Tim McG Photography
The roster of the Adam Meckler Orchestra has been remarkably consistent since it was formed in 2011. But how do you keep 18 members engaged so they...

  • Added: Oct 14, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Sarah Streitz, Credit: Chris Hagedorn
You might think the lyrics would be the most important thing to a songwriter. But when Sarah talked to Phil Nusbaum, she said when she writes a son...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Wilkinson James, Credit: David Tanner
The band Wilkinson James has had quite an evolution over it’s 10 years together, both as a duet and as a full band. Phil Nusbaum talked with foundi...

  • Added: Oct 03, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Twin Cities Brass Band, Credit: Samantha Garber
The Twin Cities Brass Band plays a wide variety of works, some written for brass and some adapted for brass. Adam Hille is the director. In a conve...

  • Added: Sep 16, 2018
  • Length: 08:00