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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.

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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: Artwork by Warrent Thomas Fenzi, Credit: Warren Thomas Fenzi
Friday night June 30, the Aster presents sets by two up and coming Twin Cities songwriters and bandleaders, Joe Kopel and Warren Thomas Fenzi. Phil...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
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)
The country music of a generation ago is now called Classic Country. Wherever you go, bands are popping up to play it for growing audiences of fans...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Bobb Fantauzzo, Credit: Andrea Canter
Bobb Fantauzzo, playing Native style flute, leads a stellar group in the third “A Weaving of Traditions” concert recorded in front of a live audien...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2017
  • Length: 58:35
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: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
When Regina Williams sings her songs, she is putting her spin on great renditions that she’s experienced. Regina covers a big swath of the Great Am...

  • Added: Jun 09, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Charlie Parr, Credit: Peter Lee
The Loring Park Music Festival started out as a neighborhood thing but it’s grown a bit. It still has an acoustic orientation, but it now embraces ...

  • Added: May 31, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
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
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Join Minneapolis South high school for an evening of Jazz. Featuring Jazz 1 under the direction of Eric Sayre and Jazz 2 under the direction of Sar...

  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 56:06
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This episode of Jazz At MPS features the best tunes from Minneapolis South High School. All the songs were chosen from the last two years and featu...

  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 54:36
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This episode of Jazz At MPS features Minneapolis South High School's first Jazz swing dance. The jazz band is lead by South's band director Eric Sa...

  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 58:55
Caption: Matra, Credit: Alison Bents
Today there are so many instrument combinations and influences coming in that would not have happened a few decades ago. Like matra, with its combi...

  • Added: May 19, 2017
  • Length: 08:12
Caption: Matra, Credit: Alison Bents
Matra presents its CD Release Concert at the Cedar Cultural Center this Friday night. The group is influenced by many music styles, but does not se...

  • Added: May 19, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Jazz88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Phil Hey Quartet. It’s a veteran group whose members have shared a lot of experiences over the years. That’s and the repertoire they love, serv...

  • Added: May 12, 2017
  • Length: 07:44
Caption: Patty Peterson with the Legends, Credit: Andrea Canter
KBEM held a very special concerts at the Minnesota History Center to honor the Elder Jazz musicians and singers in Minnesota. Patty Peterson is hos...

  • Added: May 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:31
Caption: Jazz88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Phil Hey Quartet plays at Jazz Central on May 19. It’s a group of 4 committed jazz musicians who got started playing together almost by acciden...

  • Added: May 11, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Ritika Ganguly, Credit: Vinod Srinivasan
Ritika Ganguly is conversant in many music styles. But her true genius may just be in finding ways of combining them so that the outcome is greater...

  • Added: May 09, 2017
  • Length: 12:28
Caption: Nikki Matteson Roux, Credit: Joel Jackson
The Blues has been around a long time because it’s a way of telling it like it is. And that is how Nikki and the RueMates operates. Nikki told Phil...

  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 08:12