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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: Emerson Hunton at the drums, Credit: Andrea Canter
Twin Cities Weekend is a five minute feature that keeps listeners up to date on what's happening the following weekend. Artist interviews and music...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Earl Jarosh, Credit: Jeremie
Twin Cities Weekend is a five minute feature that keeps listeners up to date on what's happening the following weekend. Artist interviews and music...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Michael Hauser at home, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Twin Cities Weekend is a five minute feature that keeps listeners up to date on what's happening the following weekend. Artist interviews and music...

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Rita Mustaphi has lead Kathak Dance Theater for decades. Maryam Yusafzadeh has led the Persian-based musical group, Robayat for a similar duration,...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
Birdland booked many great big bands, where they made their mark. Leigh Kamman called Stan Kenton at Birdland for an interview.

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2014
  • Length: 04:59
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Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
At the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dizzy Gillespie and Leigh discuss a series of photographs from Dizzy's life.

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2014
  • Length: 05:03
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In the fall of 1965, at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Leigh Kamman moderated a meeting of two great jazz pianists.

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2014
  • Length: 05:19
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Caption: Steve Kenny, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
What Would Monk Do? It’s a playful name for a serious band that explores the music of Thelonious Monk, as well as the implications of the work of M...

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Pat O'Keefe with bass clarinet, Credit: Scott Miller
Pat O’Keefe plays an instrument that is not well known to the general public, the bass clarinet. But Pat shows us that the instrument expresses a v...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Dean Magraw, Credit: Manfred Pollert
After years of playing together, Dean Magraw and Eric Kamau Gravatt have finally recorded a CD. It contains mature, avant garde work for guitar and...

  • Added: Oct 09, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Anthony Cox, Credit: Anthony Cox
Anthony Cox is a Twin Cities bassist who has played world stages during his career, but now that he's back in his home turf, he's leading local ban...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Tim Cheesebrow, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Tim has some great new songs, a great new CD, a fresh perspective, and he rolls it all together into a great show on Saturday October 4.

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  • Added: Sep 25, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Mac Santiago, Managing Director of Jazz Central Studios, Credit: Philip Nusbaum
We talk to Mac Santiago, managing director of Jazz Central about David Karr’s music, and about what it is like to play with David Karr. Karr's next...

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  • Added: Sep 19, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Ticket to Brasil, Credit: Jane Jany
The first concert was in 2003, and now it’s a major family, locally-produced International music event. We speak with event organizer Pavel Jany, t...

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  • Added: Sep 11, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Curtis and Loretta as the Haymarket Minstrels, Credit: Carr Hagerman
Curtis and Loretta transform themselves into the Haymarket Minstrels for Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, which they are playing Sept 13-14, 2014....

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  • Added: Sep 04, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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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
  • Purchases: 1