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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: 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 Nighingale Singers present Eastern European folksongs. In the process, the group gives American audiences glimpses into the ways of life in Eas...

  • 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
Caption: Stanley Kipper, Credit: Miles Kipper
When you see the New Primitives, you’re seeing a band that is a master at creating and maintaining a great vibe. Stanley Kipper helped start the ba...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2017
  • Length: 08:29
Caption: Stanley Kipper, Credit: Miles Kipper
The New Primitives. The group is a 4-time winner of the Minnesota Music Academy award winners for best reggae and world band. And the group perform...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2017
  • Length: 05:01
Caption: Nick Jordan, Credit: Moriah Ziman
Nick Jordan is a contemporary rhythm and blues and pop artist who has a handle on all phases of his act, including songwriting, singing, and dancin...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2017
  • Length: 07:06
Caption: Oudyano, Credit: Margie O'Loughlin
Who would have thought that an Arabic music based oud player and an American pianist schooled in jazz and roots traditions could interact musically...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2017
  • Length: 06:01
Caption: Oudyano, Credit: Margie O'Loughlin
We live in an era where most people have multiple music styles available to them. On top of that, there is so much travel, that players representin...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2017
  • Length: 04:59
Caption: Poster for Blackout, Credit: Frank Cage
The Cedar Cultural Center hosts Blackout, a concert featuring local artists. The intents are to entertain, but also to serve to get people together...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Kate Lynch, Credit: Drew Shonka
Everybody loves the pop music of 1920-1955, but it takes commitment to research and present it. But that’s the mission of Kate Lynch and Her Most E...

  • Added: Dec 23, 2016
  • Length: 06:58
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Cedric Fuller and Global Sound. It’s a group from the Twin Cities that picks up from the combinations of soul, rhythm and blues,l funk and jazz th...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2016
  • Length: 06:02
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Sonny Knight and the Lakers. Sonny has roots in blues funk and r and b, and has been performing virtually his whole life. Today, focused on music a...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2016
  • Length: 07:40