June 26, 2021

Celebrating Kansas City Jazz: The American Jazz Museum

Taryn
LIfestyle blogger who talks all things personal development, productivity, and travel.

The American Jazz Museum, situated in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, Missouri, is home to many jazz enthusiasts, as well as those looking to learn more about this phenomenal musical artform.

The American Jazz Museum, situated in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, Missouri, is home to many jazz enthusiasts, as well as those looking to learn more about this phenomenal musical artform.

Since its beginnings in 1997, the American Jazz Museum has greatly impacted this music-filled city and much of America. Visiting the museum, a person can expect to see many artifacts that tell stories about the history of jazz, such as Charlie Parker’s saxophone and Ella Fitzgerald’s performance outfits.

Furthermore, with attractions like the Blue Room and the Gem Theater, a person can easily spend hours learning about jazz legends from the past.

Key Things to Check Out

Blue Room

The Blue Room is the museum’s jazz club. This cozy club gives local and national jazz musicians a chance to showcase their talent and expand their audience base. If you’re looking for something to do on a Friday or Saturday night, the Blue Room is the place for you. With many hot acts on the lineup, this is a weekly event you don’t want to miss out on.

Gem Theater

This little “gem” of the 18th & Vine district has made a name for itself. The Gem theater, formally known as the Star Theater, has been restored to a grandiose performing arts theater. Equipped to hold 500 people, The Gem theater hosts both live music and community events to the citizens of Kansas City. If you’re looking for a state-of-the-art performance venue that fits the bill, look no further.

Jazz Academy

Wouldn’t you love the chance to instill the love of jazz music in today’s youth? Well, now you can! The American Jazz Museum created the Jazz Academy for middle and high schoolers who want to improve their music skills and immerse themselves in the rich culture that is jazz music. 

The Jazz Academy offers piano lessons, vocal lessons, and more to the musicians of tomorrow. To learn more about the academy’s offerings, visit their website.

Photo by Iknowthegoods at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

Jazz has influenced much of today’s music and will continue to inspire artists in the future. If you’re in Missouri, I urge you to visit the American Jazz Museum and learn more about the artists that had a hand in shaping today’s music scene.

If you’re unable to make it to Kansas City, feel free to visit the museum’s virtual exhibits.

Which exhibit will you visit first?

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