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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: The High 48s, Credit: Daniel Corrigan
On January 31, the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association celebrates its 40th anniversary by creating an event to remember, Twelve in T...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Photo courtesy of Minnesota Public Radio
Many of the jazz artists touched by Jazz radio host Leigh Kamman combine to celebrate Leigh’s life on January 25, 2015. The event will take place a...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Joan Griffith, Credit: Ann Marsden
Joan Griffith and Reuben Ristrom are two jazz guitarists who love working together to interpret music on their guitars. The piece features Joan tal...

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2015
  • Length: 04:59
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Caption: JT Bates at the drums in his Minneapolis studio, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Three experienced players have formed a new organ trio that is one of the more promising groups on the scene, the JT Bates Organ Trio. In the piece...

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  • Added: Dec 31, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Bill and Kate Isles, Credit: Jeff Isles
In the piece, Bill talks about songwriting, and about working with his young bandmates, Sarah & Derek Birkeland.

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  • Added: Dec 24, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Patrick Harison at Home, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Mixing it up musically is the specialty of Patty and the Buttons. And it works. At the group’s weekly Swing Brunch held 11-2 at the Aster Café in M...

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  • Added: Dec 17, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Twin Cities Jazz Sampler CD, Credit: Tim Nyberg
This Saturday night, the jazz community will be toasting itself, as the Twin Cities Jazz Sampler CD has it’s release party. The CD contains work by...

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  • Added: Dec 11, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Dee Langley, Credit: Shelley Campbell
Dee Langley, well-known Twin Cities Accordionist has created her first vocal piece, “Good Yule.” It receives its world premiere during the Minneapo...

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  • Added: Dec 04, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Norbert Augustine and Jahbee Bennet, Credit: Philip Nusbaum
The Tropics Steeldrum band gets Minnesotans moving Saturday Dec 6, 2014. It’ll be at the Northtown Library in Blaine from 2-3pm. The band wants eve...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Emerson Hunton at the drums, Credit: Andrea Canter
Twin Cities Weekend is a five minute feature that keeps listeners up to date on what's happening the following weekend. Artist interviews and music...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Earl Jarosh, Credit: Jeremie
Twin Cities Weekend is a five minute feature that keeps listeners up to date on what's happening the following weekend. Artist interviews and music...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Michael Hauser at home, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Twin Cities Weekend is a five minute feature that keeps listeners up to date on what's happening the following weekend. Artist interviews and music...

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Rita Mustaphi has lead Kathak Dance Theater for decades. Maryam Yusafzadeh has led the Persian-based musical group, Robayat for a similar duration,...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
Birdland booked many great big bands, where they made their mark. Leigh Kamman called Stan Kenton at Birdland for an interview.

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2014
  • Length: 04:59
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Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
At the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dizzy Gillespie and Leigh discuss a series of photographs from Dizzy's life.

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2014
  • Length: 05:03
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In the fall of 1965, at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Leigh Kamman moderated a meeting of two great jazz pianists.

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2014
  • Length: 05:19
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Caption: Steve Kenny, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
What Would Monk Do? It’s a playful name for a serious band that explores the music of Thelonious Monk, as well as the implications of the work of M...

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Pat O'Keefe with bass clarinet, Credit: Scott Miller
Pat O’Keefe plays an instrument that is not well known to the general public, the bass clarinet. But Pat shows us that the instrument expresses a v...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Dean Magraw, Credit: Manfred Pollert
After years of playing together, Dean Magraw and Eric Kamau Gravatt have finally recorded a CD. It contains mature, avant garde work for guitar and...

  • Added: Oct 09, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Anthony Cox, Credit: Anthony Cox
Anthony Cox is a Twin Cities bassist who has played world stages during his career, but now that he's back in his home turf, he's leading local ban...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1