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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: Orkestar Bez Ime, Credit: Stefan Iwaskewycz
The name of the Bulgarian Spring Celebration is Martinitsa. In our town, the celebration brings together the local Bulgarian performing groups for ...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Bryan Nichols, Credit: Benny Marino
There is always a tendency to increase the size of bands, to create a wall of sound. But Jazz also has a great legacy of trios, which might be cal...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Bryan Nichols, Credit: Benny Marino
Tuesday night Feb 27at 9:30 is trio night at the Ice house in Minneapolis. First it’s the trio led by bassist James Buckley, and then Pianist Brya...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Erin Schwab, Credit: Dan Brakke
Singer Erin Schwab has been singing to the accompaniments of pianist Jay Fuchs for a long time. Their performances are audience engaging with reque...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Erin Schwab, Credit: Dan Braake
Erin Schwab has been singing to the accompaniments of pianist Jay Fuchs for a long time. Their performances grab audiences through the combination ...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Cassandra Cole, Credit: Drew Jonell
Cassandra Cole is a local songwriter who writes pop songs reflecting sometimes hard realities. In a recent conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Cassandr...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Cassandra Cole, Credit: Drew Jonell
Cassandra Cole is a local songwriter who writes pop songs reflecting sometimes hard realities. And her songs are the center of attention in her sin...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Cody Steinmann, Credit: Kyndal Johnson
Cody Steinmann leads the Sightless Quartet. It’s a jazz group that that is open to influence by other contemporary genres, such as pop and metal. C...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Cody Steinmann, Credit: Kyndal Johnson
Cody Steinmann leads the Sightless Quartet. It’s a jazz group that that is open to influence by other contemporary genres, such as pop and metal. C...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Silverback Trio, Credit: Sara Horishnyk
With its strong emphasis on improvisation, the Silverback Trio of Minneapolis does “outside” well. But it also plays with a strong group feeling. Y...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
We know Judi Vinar as a singer’s singer, a voice that likes to take risks. Her show of love songs is a great example. Judi and the band put out som...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
We know Judy Vinar as a singer’s singer, a voice that likes to take risks. Her Valentine’s Day show at the Capri in Minneapolis, Feb 10 at 7 and Fe...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Cedar Commissions poster, Credit: photos by Anna Schultz; design by Alana Horton
One of the most unique and, cutting edge musical shows of the year, the Cedar Commissions, is coming to the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. T...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Pushing Chain, Credit: Grant Frashier
Pushing Chain is the duet of Adam Moe and Boyd Blomberg. They’re on stage a lot, they drive a lot, they write their own songs and put the Pushing C...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Pushing Chain, Credit: Grant Frashier
Pushing Chain is the duet of Adam Moe and Boyd Blomberg. They’re on stage a lot, they drive a lot, they write their own songs and put the Pushing C...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Skruffians, Credit: Dick Parker
The Skruffians is a group of experienced Twin Cities players that combine Jamaican reggae and ska with jazz chops. It’s always a playful combinatio...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Skruffians, Credit: Dick Parker
The Skruffians is a group of experienced Twin Cities players that combine Jamaican reggae and ska with jazz chops. Creating musical surprises is th...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Delphia Quartet, Credit: Kate WIlson
Most music listeners are unaware of cello quartets such as the Delphia Cello Quartet. But to a cellist, its’ the most normal thing in the world. Th...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Delphia Cello Quartet, Credit: Kate WIlson
Most music listeners are unaware of cello quartets such as the Delphia Cello Quartet. But to a cellist, its’ the most normal thing in the world. Th...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
With its strong emphasis on improvisation, the Silverback Trio of Minneapolis does “outside” well. But it also plays with a strong group feeling. P...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2018
  • Length: 08:00