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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It’s the 13th year of the Washington County Bluegrass Festival, held at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve near Stillwater, MN, 2-6pm on September 6, 2014....

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  • Added: Aug 24, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Davina and the Vagabonds, Credit: Christie Williams
Davina and the Vagabonds, definite road warriors take the stage in their home base, Minneapolis on August 29, 2014. There'll be lots of sassy vocal...

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Dan Newton, leader of Cae Accordion, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Cafe Accordion leader Dan Newton discusses the directions for Cafe Accordion. Established in 1995, variety is the key to the group's success.

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Jack Klatt, Credit: James Eastman
Jack Klatt talks about how he met Charlie Parr, and also reflects on his work with Charlie, as we play examples of Jack's work solo and with Charli...

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  • Added: Aug 06, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Scott Crosbie at the piano, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
The First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band is the Centerpiece of an Evening of Entertainment at Centennial Lakes in Edina, the program begins with n...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Poor Benny, Credit: Lois Bjorlie
Debbie Cash, Lead Naturalist for the Harriet Alexander Nature Center and Recreation Program Supervisor for Roseville Parks and Recreation tells us ...

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Patty Peterson, Credit: Patrick O'Laughlin
Minnesota has many elder jazz musicians who have great memories and stories about the rich history of the music scene in the Twin Cities. This two ...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:27
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Phil Heywood and Tim Sparks, Twin Cities guitarists with long track records of success, combine talents for a memorable performance at the Aster Ca...

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Becky J and Rahjta Ren, Credit: Jim Larson
When Becky J and Rahjta Ren perform, it's a close collaboration between a great singer and an imaginative keyboardist.

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  • Added: Jul 04, 2014
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Caption: The Mullet River Boys, Credit: David Zhang
A group with an interesting blend of stylistic ingredients comes to downtown Chaska on July 18.

  • Added: Jul 04, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Peter Moore and Jane Froiland, Credit: Patrick O'Laughlin
For those who long for "the grand old days" of radio, Jazz88 KBEM presents the second installment of Jazz Noir, an original radio drama series, com...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2014
  • Length: 01:01:02
Caption: Butch Thompson and Russ Hall, Credit: Marjie O'Laughlin
Butch Thompson and friends perform live at The Cedar Cultural Center. It was a celebration of the well-remembered Hall Brothers Jazz Band, and its ...

  • Added: Jun 27, 2014
  • Length: 58:40
Caption: Steve Heckler in the Jazz Festival office, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is a great showcase for Jazz, including the great variety of local acts.

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2014
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Music and conversations from the 20th annual Viva City celebration of fine arts in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Listen to the 800-strong all-cit...

  • Added: Jun 26, 2014
  • Length: 57:55
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Towards the start of the show, we present some bluegrass love songs. These are not those depicting exit points of relationships, but ones that refl...

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Leigh Kamman
Sarah Vaughan is a coy subject. Leigh has some fun interviewing her.

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 05:04
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Caption: Lorna Landvik
Lorna Landvik – The author of nine novels, Lorna Landvik also wears the hats of actor, stand-up comic, playwright and improviser. Her writing is c...

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 03:30
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Caption: Mark Martin, Credit: Dawn Peterson-Cobb
One-man band Mark Martin tells us how his one man band got started and how he does it.

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Jon Pemberton, Credit: Lana Pemberton
Jon's group plays the Loring Pasta Bar in Minneapolis on June 21. The group plays there every couple of months. Jon has a solo piano show at Sunfis...

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  • Added: Jun 11, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Shai Hayo, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
It's a 9-piece salsa band and is playing on Friday the 13 at the Crooked Pint in Minneapolis. And don't forget their monthly shows at Santorini's i...

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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