American Jazz Museum

American Jazz Museum A museum celebrating and exhibiting jazz as an original American art form. Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M.

Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater. This is the official FaceBook Page for the American Jazz Museum.
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Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater. This is the official FaceBook Page for the American Jazz Museum.
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Thinking about how to kick off the month of October? In two weeks it'll be First Fridays at 18th & Vine, and we've got a...
09/18/2021

Thinking about how to kick off the month of October? In two weeks it'll be First Fridays at 18th & Vine, and we've got another Paint & Sip! This month's featured artist is Endia Lasker, who started her painting journey with a deep, impactful purpose. Learn more and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-sip-with-endia-lasker-at-the-american-jazz-museum-tickets-174531086177

Thinking about how to kick off the month of October? In two weeks it'll be First Fridays at 18th & Vine, and we've got another Paint & Sip! This month's featured artist is Endia Lasker, who started her painting journey with a deep, impactful purpose. Learn more and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-sip-with-endia-lasker-at-the-american-jazz-museum-tickets-174531086177

Enter to win two tickets to "New Jazz Swing," headlined by Kansas City's own Chalis O'Neal!
09/16/2021

Enter to win two tickets to "New Jazz Swing," headlined by Kansas City's own Chalis O'Neal!

Join the American Jazz Museum for “New Jazz Swing,” a monthly concert featuring expression of developments in jazz. Trumpeter Chalis O’Neal is your headliner, with twists on jazz standards as well as previews from his forthcoming album, “flirting.” Enter to win a pair of tickets today--->> https://kcstudio.pgtb.me/hzw0MZ

09/16/2021

Today begins Hispanic Heritage Month! The American Jazz Museum understands jazz is an opportunity to foster community and culture from across the world, including the spectacular sound of Latin jazz.

The final touches on this beautiful pop-up exhibit, “Latin Jazz Rhythms,” include album covers, photos, and a custom created Spotify playlist to immersing you in Latin jazz histoy and culture. Purchase an admission ticket to immerse yourself in this exhibit today: https://americanjazzmuseum.org/plan-your-visit

We're only 2 days away from Third Thursday!🎷 Free museum admission🎷Free networking and discussion event led by journalis...
09/14/2021
Explore, Network, & Vibe: Third Thursdays at the American Jazz Museum

We're only 2 days away from Third Thursday!

🎷 Free museum admission
🎷Free networking and discussion event led by journalist/writer Toriano Porter
🎷Free live music concert featuring Keith Newton and Darren J. & Go Hard Band

Pre-register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/169542206303

The American Jazz Museum presents Third Thursdays, a community-driven evening with free museum admission, a networking event, and live music

Today we're giving a special shoutout to our Director of Collections, Dr. Dina Bennett, for helping curate Kemper Museum...
09/14/2021
Kemper Museum Uses Contemporary Art To Connect Two Centuries Of Missouri’s History

Today we're giving a special shoutout to our Director of Collections, Dr. Dina Bennett, for helping curate Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art's upcoming exhibit, "Contemporary Art and the Missouri Bicentennial." Her expertise shined a light on the importance of jazz's influence on Kansas City music. Featured is one of the pieces she helped curate, Fredrick James Brown's "They Had the Right to Sing the Blues." Full story from KCUR 89.3: //www.kcur.org/arts-life/2021-09-13/kemper-museum-uses-contemporary-art-to-connect-two-centuries-of-missouris-history

This year marks Missouri’s bicentennial. A new exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art explores the state's 200-year history and some of its untold stories through the lens of art.

"New Jazz Swing" is American Jazz Museum's monthly concert series showcasing new age sounds and styles from Kansas City ...
09/14/2021

"New Jazz Swing" is American Jazz Museum's monthly concert series showcasing new age sounds and styles from Kansas City jazz musicians. In less than two weeks trumpeter Chalis O'Neal takes the stage, fusing standards with innovative techniques and previewing songs off his upcoming album, "flirting." Purchase tickets here: http://ow.ly/wVjj50G9iYD

"New Jazz Swing" is American Jazz Museum's monthly concert series showcasing new age sounds and styles from Kansas City jazz musicians. In less than two weeks trumpeter Chalis O'Neal takes the stage, fusing standards with innovative techniques and previewing songs off his upcoming album, "flirting." Purchase tickets here: http://ow.ly/wVjj50G9iYD

From old to young, jazz connects a deeply interwoven community. Today we lost another jazz giant: rest in peace to Georg...
09/13/2021

From old to young, jazz connects a deeply interwoven community. Today we lost another jazz giant: rest in peace to George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, which was one of the first outdoor jazz festivals in the United States. Pictured from left to right is Rhode Island’s Bobby Hackett, Louis Armstrong, George Wein and, in second row between Armstrong and Wein, Dizzy Gillespie. Photo by J. Walter Green for AP.

From old to young, jazz connects a deeply interwoven community. Today we lost another jazz giant: rest in peace to George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, which was one of the first outdoor jazz festivals in the United States. Pictured from left to right is Rhode Island’s Bobby Hackett, Louis Armstrong, George Wein and, in second row between Armstrong and Wein, Dizzy Gillespie. Photo by J. Walter Green for AP.

Third Thursday is our once-a-month, community-centered celebration, and we want to see you there!🎷 Free admission to AJM...
09/11/2021

Third Thursday is our once-a-month, community-centered celebration, and we want to see you there!

🎷 Free admission to AJM from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
🎷 Free networking event featuring @thekansascitystar Editorial Board writer @torianoporter starting at 6:00 pm
🎷 Free concert behind the museum in the Jay McShann Pavilion with Keith Newton and Darron J. & The Go Hard Band starting at 7:30 pm.

Pre-register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/169542206303

Third Thursday is our once-a-month, community-centered celebration, and we want to see you there!

🎷 Free admission to AJM from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
🎷 Free networking event featuring @thekansascitystar Editorial Board writer @torianoporter starting at 6:00 pm
🎷 Free concert behind the museum in the Jay McShann Pavilion with Keith Newton and Darron J. & The Go Hard Band starting at 7:30 pm.

Pre-register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/169542206303

09/10/2021

September 15th is the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, and our Collections team has a beautiful pop-up exhibit about Latin Jazz ready for you to experience as part of your museum admission ticket! Although you may not run into our charming Registrar Morgan Smith, you can still plan your museum visit here: https://americanjazzmuseum.org/plan-your-visit

Yesterday was a very nostalgic one for us! 24 years ago, from September 5-7, 1997 the Gala Grand Opening of the 18th & V...
09/09/2021

Yesterday was a very nostalgic one for us! 24 years ago, from September 5-7, 1997 the Gala Grand Opening of the 18th & Vine Museums and Gem Theater occurred in the 18th & Vine District.

The first show on Friday, September 5th featured The George Duke Orchestra, Milt Jackson & Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Jay McShann, and Dianne Reeves. The second show featured Tony Bennett and The George Duke Orchestra, Kevin Mahogany, The Pat Metheny Trio with Tommy Ruskin & Milt Abel, David Sanborn, and Claude “Fiddler” Williams.

These days also featured Harry Belafonte! What a star studded line up! And you can experience parts of it here through out 20th Anniversary exhibit: http://ow.ly/Lu2Z50G6EAq

Yesterday was a very nostalgic one for us! 24 years ago, from September 5-7, 1997 the Gala Grand Opening of the 18th & Vine Museums and Gem Theater occurred in the 18th & Vine District.

The first show on Friday, September 5th featured The George Duke Orchestra, Milt Jackson & Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Jay McShann, and Dianne Reeves. The second show featured Tony Bennett and The George Duke Orchestra, Kevin Mahogany, The Pat Metheny Trio with Tommy Ruskin & Milt Abel, David Sanborn, and Claude “Fiddler” Williams.

These days also featured Harry Belafonte! What a star studded line up! And you can experience parts of it here through out 20th Anniversary exhibit: http://ow.ly/Lu2Z50G6EAq

📣 OUR FILM SERIES IS NOW LIVE 📣 Mark your calendars from Thurs, September 30th to Sat, October 2nd for "Lights, Camera, ...
09/08/2021

📣 OUR FILM SERIES IS NOW LIVE 📣 Mark your calendars from Thurs, September 30th to Sat, October 2nd for "Lights, Camera, Vine! ," our brand new film series program! Registration information here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lights-camera-vine-an-exploration-of-jazzs-impact-on-film-tickets-170086006825

📣 OUR FILM SERIES IS NOW LIVE 📣 Mark your calendars from Thurs, September 30th to Sat, October 2nd for "Lights, Camera, Vine! ," our brand new film series program! Registration information here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lights-camera-vine-an-exploration-of-jazzs-impact-on-film-tickets-170086006825

We appreciate the Kansas City jazz journey through the stories and experiences of our COMMUNITY. Through our recent "In ...
09/06/2021

We appreciate the Kansas City jazz journey through the stories and experiences of our COMMUNITY. Through our recent "In The Yard" fundraiser, we are slated to open the KC Jazz Incubator, serving as a musician and community-centric hub for wellness and life skill workshops, business, finance and marketing classes, headshot clinics, health screenings and more. Stay tuned for future programming and updates!

We appreciate the Kansas City jazz journey through the stories and experiences of our COMMUNITY. Through our recent "In The Yard" fundraiser, we are slated to open the KC Jazz Incubator, serving as a musician and community-centric hub for wellness and life skill workshops, business, finance and marketing classes, headshot clinics, health screenings and more. Stay tuned for future programming and updates!

09/05/2021

Jazz will always reflect a culture that defines Kansas City and the people in it. Outside the American Jazz Museum, we encourage you to explore the venues, food, and community representing what jazz is about, especially in the 18th & Vine District. Find out more about our beloved district from Visit KC here: https://www.visitkc.com/18th-vine

09/04/2021

When it comes to jazz in Kansas City, we are a community of jazz friends, family, and fans. One of many core programs to our institution is the Kansas City Jazz Academy, providing excellent jazz instruction for middle and high school students interested in improving their skills beyond what they’d normally receive in a traditional public/private school music program. Be part of this rich history today, registration for the 2021 Fall Semester is open: https://americanjazzmuseum.org/kc-jazz-academy

We exude hope for the future of jazz. Alongside jazz education through Kansas City Jazz Academy is one of our longest ru...
09/04/2021
Jazz Storytelling (In-Person Program)

We exude hope for the future of jazz. Alongside jazz education through Kansas City Jazz Academy is one of our longest running programs, Jazz Storytelling. This is where jazz begins! Aimed at toddlers to early elementary schoolers, the program is lead by vocalist Lisa Henry, storyteller Brother John, drummer Mike Warren, and bassist Tyrone Clark. Their master storytelling brings an innovative, engaged approach for you and the whole family to enjoy! Next Friday, September 10th at 10 am is our in-person program, pre-register here: http://ow.ly/Hsq250G4awu

Jazz Storytelling is a free, family-friendly, interactive show taking place behind the museum, introducing young kids to the magic of jazz!

09/04/2021

We are vibrant, we are jazz. We know building a community connected to a central place is how we can best serve our local, national, and international supporters. That's why we always encourage you to shop in-store or online at the Swing Shop, our museum gift store. Browse our high quality products so you too can always have a bit of jazz in your life: http://ow.ly/dv3I50G4at7

Last reminder that tonight at 7:00 pm we're hosting a paint & sip night at the Gem Theater, hosted by Michelle Beasley! ...
09/03/2021

Last reminder that tonight at 7:00 pm we're hosting a paint & sip night at the Gem Theater, hosted by Michelle Beasley! Come wine and design at 18th & Vine: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167089827171

Last reminder that tonight at 7:00 pm we're hosting a paint & sip night at the Gem Theater, hosted by Michelle Beasley! Come wine and design at 18th & Vine: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167089827171

09/02/2021

Jazz culture and history are shaped by resilience and artistic expression. This enduring legacy is seen through the Gem Theater, our modern 500-seat performing arts center originally built in 1912. Check out programming and events here, and use this as your venue rental option to contribute your history to the 18th & Vine District! There's no denying the Gem Theater remains as an essential beacon to our institution. If you want to see it for yourself, get tickets to "Paint & Sip," our wine & design event this Friday: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167089827171

09/01/2021

The Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum is where you can join us where jazz VIBES! In Kansas City, we celebrate the history and culture of jazz through stories and community. This history and culture lives twice a week with performances in our jazz club, bringing local, national, and international talent to an intimate listening room for all ages. Get tickets to be part of this history today: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-blue-room-32757477383

08/30/2021

Over the next two weeks, we're re-introducing all we have to offer through our new look! We know Kansas City is where jazz LIVES and the American Jazz Museum is where jazz THRIVES. As always, you can buy admission tickets, usable at any time. Your ticket lets you see objects from our permanent collection, interactive sound stations, and rotating pop-up exhibits like our current Latin Jazz exhibit. Get tickets today: https://americanjazzmuseum.org/admissiontickets

Happy 101st birthday to Kansas City's legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker! Tune into our Facebook and Instagram account...
08/29/2021

Happy 101st birthday to Kansas City's legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker!

Tune into our Facebook and Instagram accounts at 5:00pm for a very special livestream tribute to Charlie Parker featuring Bobby Watson. Bird Lives! 🎷🏛️🎉

Thanks to The Kansas City Star's Toriano Porter for helping us tell Kansas City why we decided to cancel our In The Yard...
08/29/2021
COVID cancels Charlie Parker tribute, but KC’s jazz museum is finding its footing

Thanks to The Kansas City Star's Toriano Porter for helping us tell Kansas City why we decided to cancel our In The Yard Parade and Celebration. We are sad we can't have our festivities, but it's more important to keep you, our staff, and Kansas City residents safe:
://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/toriano-porter/article253816713.html

For years, Kansas City’s American Jazz Museum has struggled to gain traction. | Opinion from Toriano Porter

Due to the rising concern surrounding the COVID-19 Delta Variant, the American Jazz Museum has determined it is in the b...
08/26/2021

Due to the rising concern surrounding the COVID-19 Delta Variant, the American Jazz Museum has determined it is in the best interest of our staff, community, and guests to cancel this Sunday’s In the Yard parade and celebration.

We know how excited so many were to experience ‘Bird at 100,’ a Charlie Parker centennial tribute featuring saxophonists Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson, and Gary Bartz from the Gary Bartz Quartet. So, we look forward to broadcasting In the Yard virtually featuring ‘Bird at 100’ next month, air date TBA.

To honor Bird’s legacy, we will pivot to all virtual programming, with a livestreamed broadcast from the Charlie Parker bust on his birthday, this Sunday August 29th at 5:00PM. Please join us virtually on Facebook to watch a very special horn salute and tribute led by Bobby Watson.

This was a difficult decision to make, as we were looking forward to welcoming visitors to our yard to honor the end of Charlie Parker’s centennial year and 101st birthday. His legacy deserves a community-wide celebration, but we have to prioritize the health and safety of all who visit our museum.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate these circumstances. We look forward to welcoming large gatherings back to the museum as soon as we are able.

Bird Lives!

Due to the rising concern surrounding the COVID-19 Delta Variant, the American Jazz Museum has determined it is in the best interest of our staff, community, and guests to cancel this Sunday’s In the Yard parade and celebration.

We know how excited so many were to experience ‘Bird at 100,’ a Charlie Parker centennial tribute featuring saxophonists Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson, and Gary Bartz from the Gary Bartz Quartet. So, we look forward to broadcasting In the Yard virtually featuring ‘Bird at 100’ next month, air date TBA.

To honor Bird’s legacy, we will pivot to all virtual programming, with a livestreamed broadcast from the Charlie Parker bust on his birthday, this Sunday August 29th at 5:00PM. Please join us virtually on Facebook to watch a very special horn salute and tribute led by Bobby Watson.

This was a difficult decision to make, as we were looking forward to welcoming visitors to our yard to honor the end of Charlie Parker’s centennial year and 101st birthday. His legacy deserves a community-wide celebration, but we have to prioritize the health and safety of all who visit our museum.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate these circumstances. We look forward to welcoming large gatherings back to the museum as soon as we are able.

Bird Lives!

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1616 E 18th St
Kansas City, MO
64108

General information

Since its inception in 1997, the Museum has hosted thousands of students, scholars, musicians fans for over 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the sounds of Kansas City jazz. Our mission is to celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through research, exhibition, education and performance at one of the country's greatest jazz crossroads - 18th & Vine.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Telephone

(816) 474-8463

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MUSEUM ADMISSION
Admission to the American Jazz Museum
$10.00 Adults
$9.00 Seniors (65+)
$6.00 Children (5-12)
Free to children 4 and under

Combination ticket to both museums
$16.00 Adults
$13.00 Seniors (65+)
$8.00 Children (5-12)

Tickets for groups of 25 or more (both museums)
$9.00 Adults
$8.00 Seniors (65+)
$4.00 Children (5-12)

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BLUE ROOM ADMISSION
Monday/Thursday admission is free, except for special events/concerts where marked. Standard cover for Friday/Saturday performances is $10 unless otherwise noted.

Minors are allowed in the Blue Room when accompanied by an adult. Reservations are not accepted except as advertised for special events.
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HISTORY

Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater. Since its inception in 1997, the Museum hosts thousands of students, scholars, musicians and fans of the arts for over 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the sounds of modern day jazz.

MISSION

The mission of the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City is to celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through performance, exhibition, education, and research at one of the country's jazz crossroads – 18th & Vine.