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American Jazz Museum Review

Denise Thimes performing in The Gem Theater at the American Jazz Museum

American Jazz Museum features exhibits on Charley Bird Parker, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong that alone, are worth the trip for avid jazz fans and jazz historians. Listen to more than 100 of the greatest jazz recordings, including some on analog disc. Thats not boasting when you can claim Bennie Moten, Charley Bird Parker, Big Joe Turner and Count Basie as Kansas City mainstays. Each shaped, innovated or helped popularize jazz into the mainstream of American culture. Interact with several exhibits and watch a short film on the history of Jazz in Kansas city. The museum has also acquired the nations largest collection of Jazz films from the archives of University of Missouri at Kansas City. Horace Peterson 18th Street Visitors Center conjoins American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. As you enter the complex, pay close attention to the audio-visual presentation documenting the African-American experience in 18th & Vine District and their contributions to Kansas City at large. The visitor center, museums, restored restaurants and arguably, the nations largest collection restored black historic sites on 18th & Vine Streets take you on an ancestral trip back to bawdy 1930s Kansas City the heyday of Jazz and gangsters.

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About American Jazz Museum

Charlie Parker’s Grafton saxophone, Louis Armstrong’s trumpet, a sequined gown worn by Ella Fitzgeraldat the American Jazz Museum, each of these artifacts represents a mark on a musical timeline. Established in 1997 at 18th and Vine, the museum immerses guests in jazz via several mediums: films, sheet music, album covers, and concert posters, to name a few. Listening stations emit interviews and samples of classic tunes, but to hear entire songs, you can visit Jazz Central, the in-house musical library of more than 100 recordings.

Preserving the jazz stylings of the past is not the museum’s only mission, however. At mixing boards, visitors can create their own melodies without bringing their stand-up bass from home.

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The Blue Room Our Jazz Club

The Blue Room is back! Click “View Upcoming Events” to see performances in our museum’s jazz club!

Named after the famed 1930s Street Hotel club in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, The Blue Room simultaneously honors the past and showcases the present names in jazz. A multifaceted exhibit highlighting the countless musicians who crafted Kansas City jazz, a sound known all over the world, The Blue Room also provides a distinctive platform to present dynamic performances from the best local and national jazz talent in an intimate setting. At the Blue Room, upcoming bands, seasoned veterans of the local jazz scene, national talent and internationally renowned jazz artists share the spotlight. Unless otherwise noted, all ticket purchases are non-refundable.

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