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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

Caption: David Singley, Credit: Dietrich Gesk
Twin Cities guitarist David Singley has a new CD, his first in 20 years. The CD is more than a collection of tracks, but a project that caused Davi...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2017
  • Length: 06:51
Caption: David Singley, Credit: Dietrich Gesk
David Singley teaches guitar at McNally Smith College locally, he plays in bands, he composes, but he seldom records under his own name, at least n...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Aaron Kerr, Credit: Elizabeth Thonen-Kerr
Aaron Kerr’s Dissonant Creatures plays every Wed at the Black Dog in Saint Paul. It is a group that thrives on Aaron’s original music, which is inf...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Aaron Kerr, Credit: Elizabeth Thonen-Kerr
Aaron Kerr. He’s a man of multiple musical personalities. Aaron is first and foremost a composer. Owing to his formal musical training, he plays cl...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2017
  • Length: 05:45
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Jazz At MPS features music from the Minneapolis Public Schools jazz programs. Students are recorded playing live in concert and in the studio.

  • Added: Apr 11, 2017
  • Length: 58:44
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: Apr 11, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:31
Caption: Julian Manzara, Credit: Jax Ravel
Julian Manzara is a young Twin Cities guitarist whose composing and improvising abilities have started to make a name for himself. He plays solo an...

  • Added: Apr 09, 2017
  • Length: 06:53
Caption: Jazz 88 logo , Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
As a kid Dee Miller decided to become a blues singer. She’s worked tirelessly over the years, and it’s paid off in high level performances. She to...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2017
  • Length: 07:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo , Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
She calls herself the Duchess of the Blues, and she’s been at it a long time. Dee Miller took time to talk to Phil Nusbaum about her inspirations, ...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Mary Louise Knutson
Joan Griffith, Twin Cities musician and educator, has conversations with prominent Minnesota jazz musicians. Joan and her guests play music togethe...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2017
  • Length: 58:16
Caption: Ben Abrahamson
Joan Griffith, Twin Cities musician and educator, has conversations with prominent Minnesota jazz musicians. Joan and her guests play music togethe...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2017
  • Length: 58:14
Caption: Carei Thomas
Joan Griffith, Twin Cities musician and educator, has conversations with prominent Minnesota jazz musicians. Joan and her guests play music togethe...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:19
Caption: Gary Schulte
Joan Griffith, Twin Cities musician and educator, has conversations with prominent Minnesota jazz musicians. Joan and her guests play music togethe...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:12
Caption: Sam Miltich
Joan Griffith, Twin Cities musician and educator, has conversations with prominent Minnesota jazz musicians. Joan and her guests play music togethe...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:19
Caption: Laura Caviani
Joan Griffith, Twin Cities musician and educator, has conversations with prominent Minnesota jazz musicians. Joan and her guests play music togethe...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:15
Caption: Claire Altendahl
Joan Griffith, Twin Cities musician and educator, has conversations with prominent Minnesota jazz musicians. Joan and her guests play music togethe...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:26
Caption: Rueben and Dan Ristrom
Joan Griffith, Twin Cities musician and educator, has conversations with prominent Minnesota jazz musicians. Joan and her guests play music togethe...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:25
Caption: Dave Karr, Credit: Andrea Canter
Joan Griffith, Twin Cities musician and educator, has conversations with prominent Minnesota jazz musicians. Joan and her guests play music togethe...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:28
Caption: Dean Magraw, Credit: Andrea Canter
Joan Griffith, Twin Cities musician and educator, has conversations with prominent Minnesota jazz musicians. Joan and her guests play music togethe...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:28
Caption: Linda Peterson at the piano, Credit: Andrea Canter
Joan Griffith, Twin Cities musician and educator, has conversations with prominent Minnesota jazz musicians. Joan and her guests play music togethe...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:23