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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: Twin Cities Hot Club, Credit: Ben Hejkal
The Twin Cities Hot Club has been in business for over a decade. Over time, the group has learned that playing for dancing and for concerts and spe...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Twin Cities Hot Club, Credit: Ben Hejkal
The Twin Cities Hot Club has been in business for over a decade. Over time, the group has learned that playing for dancing and for concerts and spe...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Minnesota Hard Bop Collective exists to preserve the jazz era of hard bop, from the 1950s onward. It explores not only the music of the artists...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Minnesota Hard Bop Collective exists to preserve the jazz era of hard bop, from the 1950s onward. It explores not only the music of the artists...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The world knows Laura Caviani as a jazz pianist. She’s recorded 7 CDs including some original. Work, leads bands, and tours as members of the bands...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The world knows Laura Caviani as a jazz pianist. She’s recorded 7 CDs including some original work, leads bands, and tours as members of the bands ...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: No Man's String Band, Credit: Honu Foto
What’s it like to be a member of the No Man’s String Band? Well, you can be kind of busy playing for one thing. Catch the No Man’s at Lake Harriet ...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2017
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: No Man's String Band, Credit: Honu Foto
What’s it like to be a member of the No Man’s String Band? Well, you can be kind of busy playing for one thing. When you talk to band members like ...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jana Nyberg 5, Credit: Tim Nyberg
The Jana Nyberg Five. Jana leads jazz groups, she teaches music, she leads workshops, she is experienced at multiple instruments, and of course she...

  • Added: Aug 01, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jana Nyberg 5, Credit: Tim Nyberg
The Jana Nyberg Five. Jana leads jazz groups, she teaches music, she leads workshops, she is experienced at multiple instruments, and of course she...

  • Added: Aug 01, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra, Credit: Steve Rouch
The Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra has 25 mandolins and plays a combination of specially composed mandolin music and tunes everybody has heard. Lon H...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2017
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra, Credit: Steve Rouch
The Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra has 25 mandolins and plays a combination of specially composed mandolin music and tunes everybody has heard. And t...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2017
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Do you happen to know of the Execs big band? When the group was founded in 1965, it was composed of Twin Cities business people. So the name Execs ...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Do you happen to know of the Execs big band? When the group was founded in 1965, it was composed of Twin Cities business people. So the name Execs ...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Roe Family Singers is a real musical phenomenon. It’s not only that they play really old music for modern audiences. After modest beginnings a ...

  • Added: Jul 25, 2017
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Roe Family Singers is a real musical phenomenon. It’s not only that they play really old music for modern audiences. After modest beginnings a ...

  • Added: Jul 25, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jon Pemberton at the piano, Credit: Lena Pemberton
If you hang around jazz in the Twin Cities, you know Jon Pemberton. He plays a number of instruments, he composes, he teaches and he performs. And ...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2017
  • Length: 08:20
Caption: Jazz88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The leader of the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra is a guy named Craig Thrane. As is the case with many big band players, Craig was bitten by the Big Ban...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Minnesota Jazz Orchestra plays 2:30pm, Sat July 22 at Jaycee Park in Hastings. The group’s leader is Craig Thrane. As is the case with many big...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Lila Ammons in performance, Credit: Andrea Canter
Lila Ammons. Hers is a prominent jazz family. Her grandfather, Albert, was a noted boogie woogie piano player, and her uncle was sax man Gene Ammon...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2017
  • Length: 08:00