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Sep 07

American Jazz Museum: Kansas City

Jazz EntranceKaren and I visited the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City by accident.  I am a pretty big baseball fan, or at least I was when I was a child, and I still try to keep up with it at least for the first two months of the season until my beloved Kansas City Royals are fifteen games out of it.  So, we were on our way to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, you can check out our trip by clicking here, and when we got there we found out that the American Jazz Museum is housed in the same building.  So we shelled out the two extra dollars a piece so we could go to the jazz museum.  We are sure glad that we did.  It was definitely worth the two extra bucks.American Jazz Museum Sign

The museum is basically broken down into two sections.  The first section you will come across is an informative area where you will learn all about four great jazz masters- Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Charlie Parker.  There are listening stations with headphones where you can hear several of their hits.  The exhibits do a wonderful job explaining the differences in sound and tempo.  There were also several other listening stations where you can hear different types of jazz music.  Each station had a small flip book that explained the varying genres and gave information on the artists.American Jazz Museum, 18th and Vine District, Kansas City

The second section is where you can perform electronically with a jazz band.  There are three different stations where you can play different jazz rhythms through percussion, piano, or horn section.  Basically you had four different tempos and beats to play and then there was background music and you tried to match your instrument to the flow of the song.  There was also a mixing board where you could try to match a real song with your mix.Bulding

The American Jazz Museum by itself is probably not worth the cover charge, but if you buy the combo ticket then it is well worth it.  I am glad that Karen and I got to see both museums.  It was a joy to hear all that wonderful music.

American Jazz Museum
Located at 1616 E 18th St. Kansas City, Mo
Hours of Operation Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Cost as of 2011 – Adults 12 and over are $8.00 and Children 5 to 12 are $3.00 it is $10.00 total for adults if you buy a ticket for the adjoining Negro League Baseball Museum
For more information visit their website at www.americanjazzmuseum.com/

Photos via Missouri Board of Tourism on http://www.flickr.com/photos/missouridivisionoftourism/5451430713/  click on the pictures to be taken to their site

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