‘Soul of Jazz’ opens Friday at 18th & Vine + Downtown’s holiday dazzle


‘Soul of Jazz, a touring jazz exhibit inspired by Disney and Pixar’s ‘Soul’ opens Friday at 18th & Vine.

‘Soul of Jazz’ exhibit opens Friday at American Jazz Museum

Disney’s regional jazz exhibit, “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure,” will open at the American Jazz Museum on Friday, Dec. 10. Visitors will be joined by Joe Gardner – the musician, mentor and teacher from Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” – on a tour as they discover the rich and surprising history of jazz.

Introduced at The American Adventure inside EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL, Disney is partnering with the American Jazz Museum to bring this experience to Kansas City, renowned for its rich jazz legacy.

“We’re thrilled to bring ‘The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure’ exhibit to the American Jazz Museum as we celebrate the local musicians who inspired generations of creators and listeners beyond the borders of their hometown,” said Carmen Smith, senior vice president, at Disney. “Kansas City is one of America’s ‘cradles of jazz,’ and we’re honored to partner with the museum to bring this region’s musical heritage to life.”

While in KC, the exhibit will include a unique collection of artifacts curated by the American Jazz Museum, including Samuel “Baby” Lovett’s bongos and a signed photo of Louis Armstrong and his dog.

“Coupling the magic of Disney with the artistry of Kansas City Jazz has been a great honor.  We’ve got a rich legacy within the narrative of this music, and by opening this experience to American Jazz Museum Visitors and Disney Fans, the legacy continues to grow,” said Rashida Phillips, executive director at the American Jazz Museum. “We’re proud to appear alongside other signature cities representing the ‘Soul of Jazz,’ and celebrate musicians like Charlie Parker, whose Grafton saxophone showing at EPCOT helped pave the way for good music, goodwill and a great partnership! Kansas City is considered the home of Jazz, and with this exciting exhibition, we look forward to welcoming even more tourists and neighbors home.”

“Among my most memorable moments as mayor was personally delivering the great Charlie Bird Parker’s saxophone to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando to be included in Disney’s ‘Soul of Jazz’ exhibit—highlighting Kansas City’s rich jazz history that has meant so much to our community,” said Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas. “I am thrilled that Disney recognizes Kansas City’s importance to the history of jazz and is bringing this exhibit to the American Jazz Museum, fittingly located in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District. I encourage all Kansas Citians to make sure to visit this holiday season.”

“The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” at the Changing Gallery of the American Jazz Museum, located in the 18th and Vine Historic Jazz District opens Friday, Dec. 10 and will run until April 24, 2022. Museum hours vary, and are subject to change during holidays. Please visit www.americanjazzmuseum.org for hours of operation and to plan your visit.

Previously in New Orleans, the exhibit will also travel to the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

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Lyric Opera performs ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ thru Sunday

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Central Standard: Together Again for the Holidays

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Union Station is aglow with Holiday Reflections

‘Polar Express’ warms the Extreme Screen

plus, holiday theater…

‘Christmas in Song’ @ Quality Hill Playhouse

‘The Elves and The Shoemaker’ @ Union Station

‘Navidad – Natal’ @ The Black Box

‘Sensatia, Cirque Cabaret’ @ Quixotic Theater

‘A Spectacular Christmas’ @ MTH Theater