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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: Pop Wagner, Credit: Dale Hanson
Pop Wagner has been part of the folk scene in Minneapolis since he arrived in town over 40 years ago. And his shows are still fresh and varied, lik...

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  • Added: May 15, 2015
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Yonci Jameson sits down and hosts a special DJ set.

  • Added: May 14, 2015
  • Length: 57:29
Caption: Students playing
Join Yonci Jameson as Minneapolis Roosevelt High School Jazz Combos 1 and 2 perform live from Studio 1 at KBEM.

  • Added: May 14, 2015
  • Length: 57:48
Caption: JaAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske, Credit: Laurenb Photography
JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske. Jazz for voice, piano and bass. They’ve been holding forth Friday and Saturday nights at the St Paul hotel lobby for 7...

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  • Added: May 09, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Ancia Saxophone Quartet, Credit: Daniel Soderstrom
The Ancia Saxophone Quartet specializes in contemporary American Saxophone quartet music. It’s a field that bridges formal music and jazz. The ense...

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  • Added: May 03, 2015
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Caption: Reynaldo Moreno CD cover, Credit: ason Wozny
Reynaldo Moreno. He’s a young local guy to whom the Motown sound speaks. And so, he recreates some of the great Motown songs of a generation ago, a...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Jon Wood Plays DJ at KBEM-FM, Credit: Philip Nusbaum
Jon Wood stumbled into recording his first 2 CDs, both available at his CD release party on April 25 at the Black Dog Café in St Paul. He happened ...

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2015
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Caption: Patty Peterson, Credit: Jennifer Bong
The Peterson Family of the Twin Cities is a Jazz family from ‘way back. They gain musical inspiration from each other and they are happiest when wo...

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Caption: Charanga Tropical, Credit: Walter Horishnyk
Doug Little leads Minnesota’s great Charanga Band, Charanga Tropical. Charanga is a substyle of salsa, one that adds three violins to the mix. The ...

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Caption: Chris Becknell at home, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
A representative of House of Mercy Recordings heard Chris Becknell play a few of his interpretations of hymns and gospel songs and wanted more. So ...

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Caption: Orkesta Bez ime, Credit: Stefan Iwaskewycz
Orkestar Bez Ime, Bulgarian for orchestra with out a name, or OBI for short, has been performing in our town and more widely for well over a decade...

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Twin Cities guitarist Zacc harris and vibes player Dave Hagedorn met over their admiration for a 1962 year old LP: Bags Meets Wes by vibraphonist M...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2015
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Caption: Sherry Minnick, Credit: Elizabeth Lofgren
Sherry Minnick has sung many styles of music in her life. In the last few decades she has focused on great traditional songs, many of them very old...

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  • Added: Mar 02, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: The Caprice Saxophone Quartet, Credit: Alison Bents
The Caprice Saxophone Quartet is an accomplished group playing a varied and challenging group of pieces in a Studio Z Saint Paul concert on March 7...

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  • Added: Feb 28, 2015
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Caption: Dean Sorenson in his UMN Office, Credit: Philip Nusbaum
The University of Minnesota Jazz Festival is a great event in scholastic jazz. It’s where high school kids make college choices, and where the whol...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2015
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Caption: Twin Cities Jewish Chorale, Credit: Peter Eckert
The Twin Cities Jewish Chorale was formed six years ago to provide opportunities to sing types of Jewish music other than that which is sung in syn...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2015
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Caption: Choro Borealis, Credit:  Antonella Borgatti
When was the last time there was a local group specializing in Brazilian choros? Maybe never. But Choro Borealis has been playing for a few years,...

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  • Added: Feb 06, 2015
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Caption: Pig's Eye Jass Band at the Minnesota State Fair, Credit: Nancy Hite
The Pig’s Eye Jass Band out of the Twin Cities has been around seemingly forever. Many people come to the Minneapolis Eagles Club to dance the firs...

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2015
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Caption: The High 48s, Credit: Daniel Corrigan
On January 31, the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association celebrates its 40th anniversary by creating an event to remember, Twelve in T...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2015
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Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Photo courtesy of Minnesota Public Radio
Many of the jazz artists touched by Jazz radio host Leigh Kamman combine to celebrate Leigh’s life on January 25, 2015. The event will take place a...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2015
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