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Twin Cities Weekend

Series produced by KBEM

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5-minute, highly produced heads-ups highlighting great musical activities in the Twin Cities broadly conceived. The pieces feature the musicians, their music, club owners, fans, in short all of those responsible for creating musical experiences.

The Twin Cities is home to many musical forms, including jazz, folk, Latin, gospel and bluegrass to name a few. Each week on Twin Cities weekend, we select an upcoming performance and in 5-highly produced minutes, give it context. The shows are entertaining and informative. Producer is Phil Nusbaum of KBEM-FM, Minneapolis, and funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


199 Pieces

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Caption: JC Sanford, Credit: Andrea Canter
Trombonist JC Sanford leads his quartet into the Black Dog in Saint Paul this Saturday night September 30 at 8:30. JC is a prolific composer of jaz...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Patty Peterson, Credit: Jennifer Bong
The Jazz Women All-Stars are back in a big show coming soon. Phil Nusbaum tells us about it.

  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Southside Aces, Credit: Jonathan Hankin
F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the leading sons of Saint Paul. He wrote about what has come to be known as the jazz age, the period after World War ...

  • Added: Sep 12, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Overtones, Credit: Chimgee Haltarhuu
Background music is the specialty of the Overtones and they do it well. Catch the Overtones act at the Riverview Wine Bar, every Wed from 7:30 to 9...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Debbie Duncan, Credit: Nathan Yungerberg
When you go to a Debbie Duncan show [like this Friday night at 9 at Vieux Carre in Saint Paul at 9PM], you enjoy a great vocal jazz stylist. But De...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jugsluggers, Credit: Lisa Friedlander
Tom Cornish, Russ Rayfield and Mark Briere. They are known as the Jug Sluggers, a group of acoustic musicians that has been singing and playing for...

  • Added: Sep 07, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Moonlight Serenaders, Credit: Phyllis Wojchik
The Moonlight Serenaders. The group plays the big band music that is old to some and new to others. This Thursday evening, The Serenaders play the ...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jay Afrisando, Credit: Hannah Devereux
Jay Afrisando is from Indonesia, where the national form is gamelan music. And Jay is interested in gamelan. But his starting place is really jazz,...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Joan Hutton, Credit: D. Soderstrom
Joan Hutton plays in many musical settings. We’ve known Joan through her work in the Ancia Saxophone Quartet for example, playing modern classical ...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Rhonda Laurie, Credit: Daniel J Moore
Minneapolis Jazz singer Rhonda Laurie is all about emotion. And she’s singing at Vieux Carre in Saint Paul on Wednesday Aug 30 from 8 till 11. In a...

  • 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: Jazz 88 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. Catch the No Man’s at Lake Harriet ...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2017
  • Length: 07:59
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. And t...

  • 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: 08:00
Caption: Jon Pemberton at the piano, Credit: Lena Pemberton
If you hang around jazz in the Twin Cities, you know Jon Pemberton. He plays a number of instruments, he composes, he teaches and he performs. And ...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2017
  • Length: 08:20
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Minnesota Jazz Orchestra plays 2:30pm, Sat July 22 at Jaycee Park in Hastings. The group’s leader is Craig Thrane. As is the case with many big...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2017
  • Length: 05:00