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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: Ginger Commodore, Credit: Tom Wallace
Ginger Commodore loves singing, and loves the songs of Stevie Wonder. It'll be two evenings filled with superlatives Feb 12-13, 2016 when she leads...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Ginger Commodore, Credit: Tom Wallace
Ginger Commodore, a member of the famed jazz vocal group Moore By Four and experienced band leader, talks to interviewer Phil Nusbaum about the joy...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2016
  • Length: 08:25
Caption: the Sawtooth Bros, Credit: Scott Ward
The guys in the Sawtooth Brothers are twenty-somethings, but they’ve been at their music for over a decade. If you listen, you can tell the group’s...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2016
  • Length: 06:11
Caption: The Sawtooth Bros, Credit: Scott Ward
The Sawtooth Brothers started out as a teenaged bluegrass band playing traditional songs and tunes. But as the years rolled by, band members develo...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Century Jazz Ensemble, Credit: Don Jackson
The Century jazz Ensemble is a group of community members who just can’t enough of big band playing, and as a result the whole community benefits. ...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2016
  • Length: 07:34
Caption: Century Jazz Ensemble, Credit: Don Jackson
The Century Jazz Ensemble is excited to play its biggest bash of the year this weekend. They’ll be playing the highlights from its repertoire, and ...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Tim Sparks, Credit: Ali Hasbach
Tim Sparks is something of a legend in the Twin Cities music scene. It dates back to his days with Rio Nido, where his bandmates could count on Tim...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2016
  • Length: 07:26
Caption: Ann Iijiima, Credit: Tim Vick
Jedfest is a fund-raiser for the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival. On January 23, members of the public pay $10 at the door, and the...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: The High 48s, Credit: Greg Johnson
The High 48s. The group definitely plays towards the tastes of its audience. But when you talk to the guys in the group, you can tell they love wha...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2016
  • Length: 07:40
Caption: The High 48s, Credit: Photo: Greg Johnson
Fresh from a busy Christmas season, the Minneapolis-based High 48s heats up January and February at the Aster Café in Minneapolis. It’s Aster brunc...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Solomon Parham, Credit: Andrea Canter
Playing music is more than a technical skill. It is often a spiritual experience for those who play it. But while performing can be a personal thin...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2016
  • Length: 06:39
Caption: Solomon Parham, Credit: Andrea Canter
Word is spreading about Solomon Sessions. The group is headed by Solomon Parham and a talented core of musicians, plus musical friends. The group p...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Sound Skirmish, Credit: Kelle Green
Many say there’s no better way to learn a music style than to jump in and do it. That’s what the members of Sound Skirmish have done. Still college...

  • Added: Dec 24, 2015
  • Length: 06:44
Caption: Sound Skirmish, Credit: Kelle Green
Sound Skirmish is a group of Twin Cities young people who have been playing serious jazz for years, and with a heavy composing emphasis. Levi Schwa...

  • Added: Dec 24, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Irv Williams at the Dakota, Credit: http://www.dakotacooks.com/artist/irv-williams/
He’s 96 and still blows a saxophone. And it’s still a pleasure. Irv Williams talks to interviewer Phil Nusbaum about his music and about the scene ...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Captain Gravitone CD Cover, Credit: Al Fack
Captain Gravitone and the String Theory Orchestra. Musically, the group is an omnivore, with a heavy influence from the theater and circus. Band le...

  • Added: Dec 08, 2015
  • Length: 06:50
Caption: Captain Gravitone CD Cover, Credit: Al Fack
The group’s leader plays the banjo but this is no bluegrass band. It’s part acoustic group, part theatrical troupe and 100% fun. And it’s available...

  • Added: Dec 08, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: The Capri Big Band, Credit: Brianna Johnson
Big Band music has persisted over the generations. Why? It might be because big band music is a big part of formal learning for horn players in hig...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2015
  • Length: 06:09
Caption: Capri Big Band, Credit: Brianna Johnson
The Big Band is part of the American cultural heritage. The Capri Big Band of Minneapolis is rehearsing hard right now for two Shows in December. T...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Rio Nido, Credit: Dennis Widstrand and Matt Spector
A generation, a young trio known as Rio Nido was delighting audiences through its renditions of old vocal jazz. But in music, so it seems, all good...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2015
  • Length: 05:00