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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: Julian Manzara, Credit: Jax Ravel
Julian Manzara loves the musical possibilities that define jazz. That jazz encourages exploring musical possibilities is what makes him comfortable...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Andrew Walesch, Credit: Heidi Ross
While pop music styles come and go, the pop of the big band era has a timeless quality. Andrew Walesch is a young man carrying on where singers lik...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2017
  • Length: 09:53
Caption: Andrew Walesch and Big Band, Credit: Ian Walesch
Andrew Walesh is a singer like no other when it comes to the timeless Frank Sinatra repertoire. Sinatra’s songs, arrangements and interpretations ...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Kronick Quintet at Golden's Deli, Credit: George Tofoya
The Kronick Quintet: It’s the Variety that Pleases the Fans What’s the key to success if you are playing in clubs? It’s being about to play a wide ...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2017
  • Length: 07:18
Caption: Kronick Quintet at Golden's Deli, Credit: George Tofoya
The Kronick Quintett plays frequently at the Public Kitchen and Bar, which faces the north side of Mears Park in Saint Paul. The group’s next perf...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Davu Seru, Credit: Andrea Canter
His main musical means of expression is improvising, but he also composes. As it turns out it’s not as crazy a combination as it might seem. Davu S...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2017
  • Length: 08:09
Caption: Davu Seru, Credit: Andrea Canter
Davu Seru is the current Studio Z composer in Residence. Among his goals is combining west African-based traditions such as drumming and the blues...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Jon Pemberton, Credit: Lana Pemberton
When you listen to Jon Pemberton, the feeling that he has much to offer grows and grows. He is best known as a piano player, and you’ll see him as ...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2017
  • Length: 08:20
Caption: Jon Pemberton, Credit: Lana Pemberton
Jon Pemberton loves solo piano shows because it allows him to explore a lot of interesting music. He says, too, that Vieux Carré, where he plays on...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Zack Baltich, Credit: Matt Barber
If you want to know about a creative spirit, take the case of Zack Baltich. Zack synthesizes his informal and formal music experiences to create so...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2017
  • Length: 08:20
Caption: The Nightingale Trio, Credit: Margie O’Loughlin
The Nightingale Trio presents Eastern European folksongs. In the process, the group gives American audiences glimpses into the ways of life in East...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2017
  • Length: 07:34
Caption: Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, Credit: Diego Ramallo
The Twin Cities Latin Jazz orchestra is a 19-piece group playing in the 21st century. The size of the band might seem incongruous in an era of stri...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2017
  • Length: 06:59
Caption: Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, Credit: Diego Ramallo
A few years ago, Jeff Senn and Mac Santiago, experienced Minnesota jazz players, noticed a lack of a Latin Jazz Orchestra locally. So they recruite...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Pert Near Sandstone, Credit: Jayme Halbritter
Pert Near Sandstone. They had been friends most of their lives which turns out to be a great basis for driving around the country as a band.

  • Added: Feb 07, 2017
  • Length: 08:52
Caption: Pert Near Sandstone, Credit: Jayme Halbritter
Mid February heats up with a weekend of hot string band performances at the Cedar Cultural Center. Kevin and Nate of Pert Near Sandstone told Phil ...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Capri Big Band, Credit: Brianna Johnson
By mid- February in the North Star state, folks need a concert held in warm air. And that’s what they get at Edinborough Park in Edina on Feb 12, a...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Dameun Strange, Credit: Josh Olson
Although Dameun Strange has been focused on composing music for practically his entire life, the way in which he composes has been a grand evolutio...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2017
  • Length: 10:28
Caption: Mississippi Hot Club, Credit: Matt Lien
The Mississippi Hot Club has a slightly different strategy depending of it if plays for dancing, listening, or a mixture of both. Group members Jos...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2017
  • Length: 07:50
Caption: Mississippi Hot Club, Credit: Matt Lien
Great dance bands are often great concert bands. But you approach the different types of venues with slightly different strategies. Members of the ...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Tom Loftus, Credit: Chris McDuffie
The Cedar Commissions presents two nights of new music this weekend. Over two nights, six composers will present works never played previously. The...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2017
  • Length: 05:00