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.


164 Pieces

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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
Caption: The Skruffians, Credit: Dick Parker
The Skruffians is a group of experienced Twin Cities players that combine Jamaican reggae and ska with jazz chops. It’s always a playful combinatio...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Delphia Quartet, Credit: Kate WIlson
Most music listeners are unaware of cello quartets such as the Delphia Cello Quartet. But to a cellist, its’ the most normal thing in the world. Th...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
With its strong emphasis on improvisation, the Silverback Trio of Minneapolis does “outside” well. But it also plays with a strong group feeling. P...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Doug Otto and Hurricane Harold, Credit: Jake Jacobson
Doug Otto and Hurricane Harold Doug Otto have a duet featuring voice with harmonica and guitar. They play the blues and Otto’s original songs that ...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: River City Jazz Orchestra, Credit: Marlene Kryder
The River City Jazz Orchestra sports 17 pieces. The number of pieces gives the group the ability to play in many moods, revisit old songs in surpri...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Aja Parham, Credit: Rebecca McDonald
Aja Parham is a Minnesota singer, who at a young age has done many things. She’s sung classical music, pop styles, jazz and more. Her broad interes...

Bought by WTIP


  • Added: Jan 03, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Sarah Morris, Credit: Corina Bernstein
Kinda country, kinda jazzy, and certainly Americana. Sarah Morris and the Sometimes Guys. Regardless of which genre label you give it, the sound is...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Rose Lewis, Credit: Rose Lewis
Rose Lewis was a member first of an award winning Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music. She went on to perform with major artists such as Bo...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Tony Rook Band, Credit: Dan Iverson
The Tony Rook Band is a bluegrass group whose players represent broad experiences playing the style. You might know that in bluegrass, it is comple...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Rio Nido, Credit: David Sherman
The vocal jazz group Rio Nido started exciting audiences in the Twin Cities and elsewhere in 1972.The group sang classic jazz and vocalese, but af...

Bought by KQAL


  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1