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KBEM

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Description

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.

Pieces

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Oscar Peterson's original composition "Kelly's Blues" is skillfully performed by Mary Louise Knutson and Joan Griffith, on piano and bass guitar, r...

  • Added: May 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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Guitarist Sam Miltich joins Joan Griffith as they play Jacob do Bandolim's song, "Noites Cariocas."

  • Added: May 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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Guitarist Zacc Harris and Joan Griffith discuss some of the inspirations behind one of Zacc's original compositions, "The Garden."

  • Added: May 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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Jazz composer Carei Thomas reflects on his original composition, "Baby Baby, Home Buddy," along with Joan Griffith.

  • Added: May 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Bobb Fantauzzo with ensemble
A Weaving of Traditions is a tribute to jazz musicians with Native American roots. Bobb Fantauzzo, Native flute player, performed this concert in ...

  • Added: May 23, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
When you listen to a big band recording, you have the pleasure of engaging with a large number of talented musicians. But even if it is a small big...

  • Added: May 20, 2016
  • Length: 08:10
Caption: Rosemount Jazz Blast 2016 poster, Credit: John Zschunke
Summer is here and that means Minnesotans Go Outside to events like Jazz Blast. Held in Rosemount, Jazz Blast presents a varied group of jazz artis...

  • Added: May 20, 2016
  • Length: 04:59
Caption: Post-Atomic Trio, Credit: Post-Atomic Trio
The name “Post-Atomic Trio comes from the groups fondness for using the word “post.” You know, like “post-modern.” Well that would fit them, too. I...

  • Added: May 17, 2016
  • Length: 07:18
Caption: The Post-Atomic Trio, Credit: The Post-Atomic Trio
Jazz fans and artists value originality. And originality is the very thing that the Post-Atomic Trio hangs its collective hat on. The group’s drumm...

  • Added: May 16, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Gerry Swanberg, Credit: Jan Swanberg
Next Sunday there’s a free festival where everybody can enjoy performances by six of our area’s finest big bands. It’s the 25th annual Festival of ...

  • Added: May 15, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Charmin Michelle, Credit: JuliAnne Jonker
The key to a long-running big band dance is consistency and attention to details. That’s always been true of the Jerry O’Hagen Orchestra. Vocalist ...

  • Added: May 14, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Jennifer Grimm, Credit: Nathan Nelson
Jennifer Grimm playing with players who know her, because the greater the experience, the more fun they have. And the more fun they have challengin...

  • Added: May 09, 2016
  • Length: 07:16
Caption: Jennifer Grimm, Credit: Nathan Nelson
Kick back and expect the unexpected: That’s Sunday evenings at the Station in White Bear, as Jennifer Grimm and band host an evening of audience re...

  • Added: May 08, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Kari Tauring, Credit: Eli Solheim
Kari Tauring is a leading researcher and performer of ancient Norse traditions, but she uses them in healing sessions. Hers is a point of view that...

  • Added: May 04, 2016
  • Length: 09:22
Caption: Kari Tauring, Credit: Eli Solheim
Kari Tauring performs really old music in a really modernistic way. It’s a combination you wouldn’t expect, but is completely natural to someone li...

  • Added: May 04, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Charmin Michelle, Credit: JuliAnne Jonker
There’s a lot to be said for working with the same musicians over the years. That’s the case with Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira. Joel Shapira t...

  • Added: May 01, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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It’s a challenge to be a full-time jazz musician. But challenging or not, that’s what Joel Shapira does. He does it by becoming expert at many phas...

  • Added: May 01, 2016
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: Pee Wee Russell, Credit: William P. Gottlieb
Pee Wee Russell, who asserted a part-Cherokee background, stands as one of most innovative clarinet players in jazz.

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  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Max Roach, Credit: Albert Kok
Best known as a bebop player, Max Roach (of Tuscarora ancestry) was named a National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master in 1984.

  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Oscar Pettiford, Credit: William P. Gottlieb
Oscar Pettiford (whose mother was full-blooded Choctaw and father, half Cherokee) was one of the top bassists during the 1940's and 50's.

  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00