Adjacent to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the American Jazz Museum is the place to be to experience the vibrant and beautiful history of jazz music. Here, both curious visitors and jazz aficionados can enjoy interactive exhibitions and films as well as visual arts pieces in the museum's multiple galleries. Jazz music is a staple of American culture, and its road to greatness was paved by African-American musicians that developed and popularized the genre throughout the world.
The permanent exhibition at the museum pays tribute to four jazz musicians that helped pioneer the genre. They include Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Kansas City's own Charlie Parker. Listen to this recording of saxophone legend Charlie Parker in the video below.
In addition to all of the exhibits, the American Jazz museum provides programming and entertainment to the greater Kansas City area.
A visit to the museum is incomplete without experiencing the Blue Room, a working jazz club designed to look like something right out of Kansas City in the 1930s. Here you'll find exhibitions on Kansas City jazz, and you're also able to listen to live music performed by local groups multiple nights a week.
Get a preview of the museum with this tour.
The American Jazz Museum also offers a Jazz Academy program, which teaches and develops youth to thrive in jazz ensembles.
Come on down to the historic Kansas City 18th and Vine District and see this special museum. Hours of operation are daily, from 9am-6pm (12pm-6pm on Sundays), and group tours are available. For an experience you won't forget, visit the American Jazz Museum.
Cover image by Michael Sauers is licensed under (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).