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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: 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: Delphia Cello 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: 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. Y...

  • 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: Doug Otto and Hurricane Harold, Credit: Jake Jacobson
Doug Otto and Hurricane Harold have a duet featuring voice with harmonica and guitar. They play traditional blues and and Otto’s original songs tha...

  • 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: 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: American Roots Review poster, Credit: Angela Livieri
Larry Long of Minneapolis has travelled the world singing about hard working people. Larry also creates performances of the American Roots Revue, w...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
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
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Caption: Aja Parham, Credit: Rebecca McDonald
Minneapolis singer Aja Parham has done a lot for her young age. She’s sung classical music, pop styles, and jazz. You can listen to Aja and her gr...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
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: 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
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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: Tony Rook Band, Credit: Dan Iverson
The Tony Rook Band is a bluegrass group with players of broad experiences in the music. You can catch the Mankato-based group at the Aster Café in...

  • 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: 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 aft...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Kenn Wanaku, Credit: Diana Soderholm
Kenn Wanaku, and that’s Kenn with two n’s. He’s lived 20 or so years in Minnesota, all the time playing his African-based music in local venues. Ke...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2017
  • Length: 08:00