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Minnesota Music Profiles

Series produced by KBEM

Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
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Each item in the series tells how a musicians is inspired, how s/he works, their goals and intents for their work; in general, how each gets motivation and follows through with a creative project.

Each Minnesota Music Profile focuses on a musician or group. Listeners learn some of the behind-the-scenes stuff related to the creative process. Programs in the series are under 10 minutes in length. They can be run anytime because they are not time sensitive. These pieces are especially appropriate when subjects perform in the areas served by given radio stations.


133 Pieces

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Caption: Delphia Quartet, Credit: Kate WIlson
Most music listeners are unaware of cello quartets such as the Delphia Cello Quartet. But to a cellist, its’ the most normal thing in the world. Th...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
With its strong emphasis on improvisation, the Silverback Trio of Minneapolis does “outside” well. But it also plays with a strong group feeling. P...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Doug Otto and Hurricane Harold, Credit: Jake Jacobson
Doug Otto and Hurricane Harold Doug Otto have a duet featuring voice with harmonica and guitar. They play the blues and Otto’s original songs that ...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: River City Jazz Orchestra, Credit: Marlene Kryder
The River City Jazz Orchestra sports 17 pieces. The number of pieces gives the group the ability to play in many moods, revisit old songs in surpri...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Aja Parham, Credit: Rebecca McDonald
Aja Parham is a Minnesota singer, who at a young age has done many things. She’s sung classical music, pop styles, jazz and more. Her broad interes...

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  • Added: Jan 03, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Sarah Morris, Credit: Corina Bernstein
Kinda country, kinda jazzy, and certainly Americana. Sarah Morris and the Sometimes Guys. Regardless of which genre label you give it, the sound is...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Rose Lewis, Credit: Rose Lewis
Rose Lewis was a member first of an award winning Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music. She went on to perform with major artists such as Bo...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Tony Rook Band, Credit: Dan Iverson
The Tony Rook Band is a bluegrass group whose players represent broad experiences playing the style. You might know that in bluegrass, it is comple...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Rio Nido, Credit: David Sherman
The vocal jazz group Rio Nido started exciting audiences in the Twin Cities and elsewhere in 1972.The group sang classic jazz and vocalese, but af...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Beasley's Big Band, Credit: Patrick O'Laughlin
Beasley’s Big Band got started over twenty years ago. The group plays for weddings, civic occasions, and in clubs. The band is named for the late C...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ciprian Porumbesco, Credit: Stefan Iwaskewycz
The Romanian Colinde (co-LEEN-day) project features singers from the Minneapolis Romanian-American Community, partnering with Orkestar Bez Ime, (OR...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Fats Waller is one of the most influential musicians in the history of jazz, and also one of the most loved by the public. His music was at the sam...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Pat Donohue, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Pat Donohue’s Prairie All-Stars became a household name as the house band for the Prairie Home Companion radio show. Over the years, the group memb...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Katia Cardenas, Credit: Rita Zenefski
Katia Cardenas is a young vocalist who moved to Minnesota from California to study at Macalester. Eleven years later, she’s still working out of Sa...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ukrainian Village Band, Credit: David Kasyanyuk
The Ukrainian Village Band has grown from a small community group to one that records and performs for varied audiences. Two band members, Stefan (...

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  • Added: Nov 24, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
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Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Behind the scenes of the Acme Jazz Company are the thoughtful big band arrangements of artistic director Bob Parsons. Bob has his own arranging sty...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Wee Willie Walker, Credit: Doug Knutson
Wee Willie Walker is one of Minnesota’s great blues treasures. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Willie reflected on the many ways, it’s a long ...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Mango Jam. It’s a Twin Cities band that formed in 1989, and has played in 46 states. And throw in a good deal of recording as well. Because of fami...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Cedar Avenue Big Band, Credit: Jim Richards
The Cedar Avenue Big Band. After 25 years, it’s still a leading Twin Cities Big Band. Why do they do it? They just love playing big band music, and...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, Credit: Jerry Nelson
The Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir had its first performance in 1990 at which it won award for quality. From that point, it assumed an importan...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2017
  • Length: 08:00