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.


154 Pieces

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Caption: Monroe Crossing, Credit: Jamey Guy
Monroe Crossing is one of the most successful bluegrass bands anywhere. Why? The group does a lot of things well. Group members got together recen...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Connie Evingson, Credit: Travis Anderson
Ella Fitzgerald has inspired jazz vocalists for decades, including Minnesota’s Connie Evingson. One of Ella’s triumphs is an 8 volume set of record...

  • Added: Apr 18, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Julian Manzara, Credit: Jax Ravel
Julian Manzara is a young Minneapolis-based guitarist with deep interests in the histories of jazz and rock, and a mind to innovate. Julian spoke w...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Fire Bell, Credit: Adrian Suarez
Bassist Graydon Peterson, drummer Jay Epstein and guitarist Park Evans comprise Fire Bell. The group is a modern jazz trio that shares musical visi...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Joyann Parker, Credit: Jared Nanasy
Joy Ann Parker’s vocal stylings have always been kind of bluesy and jazzy. But recently Joyann’s Patsy Kline tribute show, the iconic country singe...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Bill Simenson Orchestra, Credit: Bill Simenson
Many big bands focus on playing the big band hits of the past 90 years or so. But not so the Bill Simenson Orchestra. This group stresses originali...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Today there is a wave of interest in Ballroom Dance. Chino Latino gives these social dance specialists the music they need to dance to distinctive ...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Michelle Kinney, Credit: Lee Glasgow
Michelle Kinney is a cellist influenced by all sorts of formal and popular music. She is also a composer who loves improvisation. She spoke with Ph...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Chris Lomheim, Credit: Andrea Canter
Chris Lomheim is a Twin Cities pianist who plays solo, with a trio and with a sextet. He likes all the settings. But because he has been getting a ...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Diane Jarvi and Dan Newton, Credit: Nick Lethert
Diane Jarvi and Dan Newton have been part of each other’s musical careers for decades, playing at venues large and small in their home bases in Min...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: JC Sanford, Credit: Andrea Canter
JC Sanford is a trombonist, composer and arranger. And he has three bands. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, JC addressed the stylistic niches o...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Robert Robinson, Credit: Terence Penister
Gospel-based singer Robert Robinson has been gathering accolades for decades. He’s noted for such events as singing at Prince’s Birthday Bash and b...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Dan Rein, Credit: Bryan Aaker
Iranian Music through Dan Rein

  • Added: Mar 07, 2018
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: The Capri Big Band, Credit: Nedahness Geen
If you think that the Capri Big Band has a bigger than average sound, it could be the size of the band. It’s bigger than the average big band. Phil...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Bryan Nichols, Credit: Benny Marino
There is always a tendency to increase the size of bands, to create a wall of sound. But Jazz also has a great legacy of trios, which might be cal...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Erin Schwab, Credit: Dan Brakke
Singer Erin Schwab has been singing to the accompaniments of pianist Jay Fuchs for a long time. Their performances are audience engaging with reque...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Cassandra Cole, Credit: Drew Jonell
Cassandra Cole is a local songwriter who writes pop songs reflecting sometimes hard realities. In a recent conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Cassandr...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Cody Steinmann, Credit: Kyndal Johnson
Cody Steinmann leads the Sightless Quartet. It’s a jazz group that that is open to influence by other contemporary genres, such as pop and metal. C...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
We know Judi Vinar as a singer’s singer, a voice that likes to take risks. Her show of love songs is a great example. Judi and the band put out som...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Pushing Chain, Credit: Grant Frashier
Pushing Chain is the duet of Adam Moe and Boyd Blomberg. They’re on stage a lot, they drive a lot, they write their own songs and put the Pushing C...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2018
  • Length: 08:00