American Jazz Museum

1616 E 18 St Kansas City

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Located in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form.

History of American Jazz

According to the museums website:

"Since the birth of America’s only indigenous art form and its journey across the globe, certain cities have put distinctive stamps in its sound, history and development. Kansas City is one of the greatest purveyors of jazz – and it continues to offer fertile ground for the music to thrive."

This type of music, originated in African-American communities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and quickly spread throughout the country. With brass instruments and a focus on improvisation , this type of music is reminiscent of blues and ragtime.

What to do at the museum

Activities include interactive exhibits; films; the Changing Gallery; the Blue Room Jazz Club; and the Gem Theater, a 500-seat performing arts center. The museum offers education and community-based programs, traveling exhibits, live musical performances and special events.

Visit the museum's website to view upcoming events including free concerts and First Fridays festivals.

Combo tickets are available with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

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Cover photo from Richard via Wikimedia Commons

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