Learn about the history of jazz at these museums
Update: Apr 30, 2021 11:39 PM STI
Washington [US], April 30 (ANI): Music lovers around the world celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30 each year. The day aims to spread the love of jazz around the world and raise awareness of how it can bring people together by promoting social and cultural values of empathy and tolerance.
The day is organized by the Director-General of UNESCO and Herbie Hancock, with the assistance of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, located in Washington DC
Commonly referred to as “American classical music,” jazz originated in New Orleans and quickly spread its influence to other parts of the world. To deepen your knowledge of jazz history, continue on to a tour of some notable music museums in the United States.
New Orleans Jazz Museum – New Orleans, Louisiana
The New Orleans Jazz Museum is housed in the historic Old US Mint, strategically located at the intersection of the city’s French Quarter and the Frenchmen Street live music corridor. The museum celebrates the origins, evolution and continued relevance of New Orleans Jazz.
Visitors have access to a series of five rotating exhibitions on themes related to the history and culture of jazz. Current exhibitions include Drumsville: Evolution of the New Orleans Beat; The wildest! Louis Prima comes home; New Orleans Music Observed: The Art of Noel Rockmore & Emilie Rhys; and Rick Olivier: Great-ish Hits.
In New Orleans, one can also stroll along bustling Frenchmen Street, listening to tunes floating out of venues such as The Spotted Cat Music Club and Three Muses. Preservation Hall and Little Gem Saloon are two other must-see places in the history of jazz and top-notch entertainment.
American Jazz Museum – Kansas City, Missouri
The American Jazz Museum is located in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District of Kansas City, Missouri. Since its inception in September 1997, the museum has hosted thousands of students, academics, musicians and art lovers for over 200 shows, educational programs, special exhibitions and community events.
It includes interactive exhibits and educational programs as well as the Blue Room, a working jazz club, and the Gem Theater, a modern 500-seat performing arts center. The museum also features exhibits on Charley “Bird” Parker, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong which alone are worth a visit for jazz enthusiasts and jazz historians.
Take your pick from local clubs to see acts every night. Listen to the sound of Kansas City jazz at the retro-cool Green Lady Lounge, popular for its seven-night-a-week, jazz-only music programming. The Majestic Restaurant & Jazz Club, a former historic saloon, serves classic jazz and steaks.
National Jazz Museum in Harlem and Louis Armstrong House Museum – New York, New York
Jazz is the New York City soundtrack, beginning in the 1920s and 1930s with the voices of Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway singing at the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem. The National Jazz Museum in Harlem is a thriving center for jazz and has an extensive collection of vinyl LP records featuring the most talented jazz musicians.
The museum’s archival collection includes rare live radio broadcasts and writings on jazz by American author Ralph Ellison. Fans of legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong must visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens, where he lived from 1943 until his death in 1971.
The house is a national monument owned by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and displays rare photographs, sound recordings, and personal memorabilia belonging to Armstrong, including his gold trumpet.
Jazz lovers can fill their travel itinerary with an iconic location for every night in the city. Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, part of Jazz at Lincoln Center and run by Wynton Marsalis, offers Southern-inspired or Cajun fare while listening to jazz at one of the best venues in town.
The Blue Note, a staple of Greenwich Village culture, draws fans from all over the world to hear local musicians, sometimes joined on stage by some of the world’s biggest jazz stars. (ANI)