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KBEM

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Description

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.

Pieces

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The Feel Good Revolution is a night of healing through comedy, jazz, spoken word, and hip hop. The Feel Good Revolution was back one final time b...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2016
  • Length: 02:06:12
Caption: Edmunt Catlin on the drums with the group Hoaxer, Credit: Lee Tran
Edmund Catlin is a young Twin Cities drummer who, while still in college, plays in a variety of jazz bands. To Edmund, playing jazz requires a comb...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2016
  • Length: 06:53
Caption: Charlie Lincoln, Credit: Andrea Canter
How do you become a jazz musician? The key just may be persistence. You can take lessons and school courses, but if you really want to play jazz…we...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2016
  • Length: 05:21
Caption: Hoaxer, Credit: Lee Tran
What do student jazz players do? They work had during the school year, and when summer comes, they work even harder playing in bands with their fri...

  • Added: Jun 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: The Bend in the River Big Band, Credit: Paul Rippe
The Bend in the Big River Big Band is named for 2 Mississippi River bends. One is in Saint Peter, where the group was formed. And the other bend is...

  • Added: Jun 24, 2016
  • Length: 08:44
Caption: Joe Cruz, Credit: Emily Jane Davis
Joe Cruz. He’s got his feet planted in traditional styles. Perhaps that is why when he plays, it all seems so right, even though he does a lot of m...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2016
  • Length: 08:58
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Joan Griffith interviews local guitarist Zacc Harris, joining him on several pieces of music as they also discuss how to teach jazz, the process of...

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 58:26
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Violinist Gary Schulte tells us about the time he had creme brulee that was so good, it inspired him to write a song...and then performs it with gu...

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 04:54
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After highlighting the backstory behind the name of this original piece by guiartist Ben Abrahamson, Ben is joined by Joan Griffith as he plays "No...

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 04:52
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Joan Griffith and Sam Miltich blend the sounds of their guitars together on this rendition of the Latin-inspired piece, "Recite do Samba."

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 04:59
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Minnesota pianist Mary Louise Knutson accompanies guitarist Joan Griffith on the jazz standard, "On Green Dolphin Street."

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 04:52
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Guitarist Joan Griffith is joined by pianist Laura Caviani in a Brazilian-inspired composition of Joan's titled "Joan's Baiao,"

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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Twin Cities violinist Gary Schulte accompanies guitarist Joan Griffith on a song titled "Nuages," a relaxing piece with a French title meaning "clo...

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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Joan Griffith and Ben Abrahamson perform an original composition of Ben's entitled "Parallax."

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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Joan Griffith and Ben Abrahamson play together on a piece called "Origanum," featuring Joan on mandolin and Ben on 12-string guitar.

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 04:59
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Inspired by the coming onset of autumn, Gary Schulte improvises a solo piece on violin.

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 04:47
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Local Minnesota guitarists Sam Miltich and Joan Griffith combine their unique musical styles on this piece entitled "Honeysuckle Rose."

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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Guitarist Joan Griffith is joined by Sam Miltich as they play the gypsy jazz standard, "Oh Lady Be Good."

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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Guitarist Zacc Harris is joined by Joan Griffith on bass as he plays one of his original (and Thelonius Monk inspired) compositions, "Booboo's Blues."

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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Guitarist Zacc Harris performs a beautiful solo rendition of "Shenandoah" on Joan Griffith's show, "Talkin' About Jazz."

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 05:00