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
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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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12 Pieces

Long-form interviews and performances by Minnesota musicians

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2018
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12 Pieces

Junctions & Sidetracks, the story behind the creation of Empire Builder a musical about a time traveling train. Conversations about family, history, race and forgiveness. Music by George Mauer. Libretto by Ann Bertram. Funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2019
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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

Latest Pieces

Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Sunday June 1 at 4PM, Arne Fogel sings for the birthday of Bing Crosby. Arne is immersed in decades of great American music, and with Rick Carlson ...

  • Added: May 28, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Mother Banjo, Credit: Anna Kostochko
Because of Covid-19, Ellen Stanley, AKA Mother Banjo, has shifted her focus from performing live to the internet. She and Anthony Ihrig co-host the...

  • Added: May 26, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Eric Sayre, Credit: Eric Sayre
Eric Sayre leads jazz performance education at Minneapolis South High School. Music learning has been changed a lot now that distance learning is i...

  • Added: May 22, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Maud Hixson, Credit: Olivia Wilcox
Twin Cities Music fans know Maud Hixson’s polished singing. Maud is a tireless worker on all aspects of her music career. Even with COVID-19 shutt...

  • Added: May 21, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Colleen Bertsch, Credit: Paula White
Colleen Bertsch performs eastern European music. Due to isolating in place, Colleen is staying home a lot now. So she has time to listen deeply to ...

  • Added: May 12, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Southside Aces with Butch Thompson, Credit: Sam Skavnak
Tony Bailuff leads the Southside Aces. The group plays New Orleans jazz. There may be no place to play right now, so the group has gotten busy comp...

  • Added: May 09, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira, Credit: Andrea Canter
Singer Charmin Michelle and guitarist Joel Shapira have released a CD of thoughtful arrangements of great jazz songs. To record their songs, they m...

  • Added: May 06, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Mike Elias, Credit: Mike Elias
Barely Brothers on Raymond Avenue in Saint Paul stocks records old and new. After decades working in other people’s record stores, owner Mike Elias...

  • Added: May 06, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Liz Draper, Credit: Mike Madison
When the New Corona Virus came to Minnesota, it changed Liz Draper’s plans. Instead of playing and touring Liz is stuck like the rest of us at home...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: John Penny, Credit: Andrea Canter
Guitarist John Penny composes in multiple styles of course want to record and release it his work. But that is easier said than done, as he explain...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2020
  • Length: 08:00