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: Acme Big Band
1 Piece

This progam features Minnesota Big Bands, including the Nova Big Band, the Acme Big Band and the University of Minnesota. Twenty-five Big Bands in Minnesota have recorded CDs. Interviews with local Big Band personalities are presented occasionally.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Mar 23, 2010
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3 Pieces

Minneapolis high school students script and read 60-second pieces based on research into important figures in African American history.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2010
Caption: PRX default Series image
4 Pieces

"Classic Jazz MN" is a series exploring Minnesota's classic jazz roots. The series includes shows on Doc Evans, Doc Evans at the Walker Art Center, Preservation Hall Era and the Emporium of Jazz. Written and produced by Butch Thompson. Co-produced by Todd Melby.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 23, 2011
Caption: Jazz At MPS with Josh Jones and the Dynamics
19 Pieces

Jazz music from students in the Minneapolis Public Schools.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 24, 2013
Caption: South High School Jazz Band-director/Scott Carter with guest Irvin Mayfield
6 Pieces

Jazz at South High features music from past and present South High Jazz Ensembles and brand new recordings by the South High Jazz Combo. Each week's show will feature never before heard performances of the South High Jazz Combo that are recorded at South High.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 03, 2013
Caption: KBEM Jazz 88 FM, Credit: http://www.jazz88fm.com
4 Pieces

The Twin Cities Jazz Society annually presents a series of concerts by local artists. Jazz 88 chose six of these concerts to record for broadcast.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2010
Caption: Butch at the Steinway, Credit: Ross Ayoka
4 Pieces

Butch Thompson hosts this program that features original jazz recordings and the occasional live performance.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2011
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62 Pieces

Minneapolis High School Students, with the help of a team of educators and poets, were encouraged to write poetry. The poems created by the students are in some cases hard-hitting, and in others, cute.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2014
Caption: Susan Spongberg, Credit: Frank T. Heffelfinger III
9 Pieces

Minnesota Creates is curious about how creativity occurs, so Susan Spongberg asked an assortment of Minnesota artists how do you choreography a dance? Where do your novel’s characters come from? How do you decide what to paint?

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2014
Caption: Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders, Credit: Jim Davis
3 Pieces

Minnesota has many wonderful jazz musicians, still playing well into their 80's. Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders, features live and in studio performances and interviews, talking about their careers in the Twin Cities from early on to present.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 12, 2017

Latest Pieces

Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Jax Ravel is playing a bigger than usual show at the Icehouse in Minneapolis, Monday April 30 at 9pm. Jax is an international student who was affec...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
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: Monroe Crossing, Credit: Jamey Guy
Monroe Crossing is the most successful bluegrass band in Minnesota. The group’s next local show is on Saturday April 28 in Bloomington at the Mason...

  • 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: 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: 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. He showcases t...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Twin Cities Hot Club, Credit: Ben Hejkal
The Twin Cities Hot Club plays for Famous Dave’s Swing Night in Calhoun Square in Minneapolis this Monday from 7 to 10. Famous Dave’s website tells...

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  • Added: Apr 10, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
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: 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