It’s been said that jazz was born in New Orleans and grew up in Kansas City. The 1920s, 30s and 40s saw the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District as the epicenter of activity and all night jam sessions, often called the ‘Paris of the Plains’. This is the district of Coltrane, Parker and Basie. It was a community full of spirit, diversity and a hub for culture and entertainment.

Today is no different. Visit the American Jazz and Negro Leagues Baseball museums or visit the Black Archives; listen to jazz at the Blue Room then hop over to Mutual Musicians Foundation for an all-night jam session. This is the Historic Jazz District – a community still defined by the spirit, diversity and entertainment of its storied past.