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.


177 Pieces

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Caption: Rhonda Laurie, Credit: Daniel J Moore
Minneapolis Jazz singer Rhonda Laurie is all about emotion. In a recent conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Rhonda told Phil picking songs and interpre...

  • Added: Aug 23, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Twin Cities Hot Club, Credit: Ben Hejkal
The Twin Cities Hot Club has been in business for over a decade. Over time, the group has learned that playing for dancing and for concerts and spe...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Minnesota Hard Bop Collective exists to preserve the jazz era of hard bop, from the 1950s onward. It explores not only the music of the artists...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The world knows Laura Caviani as a jazz pianist. She’s recorded 7 CDs including some original. Work, leads bands, and tours as members of the bands...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: No Man's String Band, Credit: Honu Foto
What’s it like to be a member of the No Man’s String Band? Well, you can be kind of busy playing for one thing. When you talk to band members like ...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jana Nyberg 5, Credit: Tim Nyberg
The Jana Nyberg Five. Jana leads jazz groups, she teaches music, she leads workshops, she is experienced at multiple instruments, and of course she...

  • Added: Aug 01, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra, Credit: Steve Rouch
The Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra has 25 mandolins and plays a combination of specially composed mandolin music and tunes everybody has heard. Lon H...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2017
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Do you happen to know of the Execs big band? When the group was founded in 1965, it was composed of Twin Cities business people. So the name Execs ...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Roe Family Singers is a real musical phenomenon. It’s not only that they play really old music for modern audiences. After modest beginnings a ...

  • Added: Jul 25, 2017
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: Jazz88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The leader of the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra is a guy named Craig Thrane. As is the case with many big band players, Craig was bitten by the Big Ban...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Lila Ammons in performance, Credit: Andrea Canter
Lila Ammons. Hers is a prominent jazz family. Her grandfather, Albert, was a noted boogie woogie piano player, and her uncle was sax man Gene Ammon...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Switched at Birth, Credit: Stan Kolapailo
Switched at Birth. The group plays a seemingly an ever-increasing variety of songs on the Bluegrass instruments. They’ve had a lot of fun with this...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2017
  • Length: 07:15
Caption: Captain Gravitone CD Cover Art, Credit: Al Fack
Every once in a while you learn of a group that really is different than all others. Such is the case with Captain Gravitone and the String Theory ...

  • Added: Jul 07, 2017
  • Length: 07:21
Caption: Paul Barry and the Ace Tones with Lila Ammons, Credit: Kent Flemmer
Paul Barry (“Berry”) is a veteran blues band leader. Among the things that he has picked up over the years is that many people like the blues. But,...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2017
  • Length: 07:46
Caption: Paul Berry and the Ace Tones with Lila Ammons, Credit: Kent Flemmer
Lila Ammons sung at a lot of great places big and small, in both the US and Europe. You might say it comes natural to her. Lila is part of an accom...

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  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 08:04
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Caption: Joe Kopel, Credit: Joe Kopel
Joe Kopel. If there is anybody with songwriting in his DNA, it is Joe. As a kid he would write his own lyrics to existing songs. By high school, he...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2017
  • Length: 06:25
Caption: Artwork by Warren Thomas Fenzi, Credit: Warren Thomas Fenzi
Warren Thomas Fenzi. He’s a young songwriter writes from his own experiences. Warren plays with other members of a collective, and the members back...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2017
  • Length: 08:08
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
AJ Srubas is a young country musician from Minneapolis. But “Country” does not quite tell the story of AJ’s expertise, as different types of countr...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 07:40
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Regina Marie Williams. When she sings a song, it is a combination of honoring the great singers that came before her, and advancing her own style o...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2017
  • Length: 07:48
Caption: Monroe Crossing, Credit: Jamey Guy
Our area’s first outdoor bluegrass festival is is coming this weekend. Matt Johnson helped organize the Spring Kickoff, and he tells Phil Nusbaum a...

  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 05:00