John H. Baker Jazz Film Collection


OVER ONE MILLION LINEAR FEET OF FILM

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Come check out our John H. Baker Jazz Film Collection at the American Jazz Museum in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The culmination of nearly 10 years of careful collection, inspection, restoration and digitization of 16 and 35-mm film, a significant portion of the American Jazz Museum’s John Baker Film Collection is ready for public viewing (watch our YouTube Channel sampler).

The John Baker Film Collection Exhibit focuses on the first four areas of a planned series of rotating thematic content: “Big Bands,” “Women in Jazz,” “Duke Ellington”, and “African-American Dance and Jazz,” with commentary from renowned African-American film expert Pearl Bowser.

It also features new state-of-the-art SoundShower® technology, never-before-seen photos, and individual film viewing kiosks where users can browse through dozens of clips and “soundies,” short-film-performances that serve as the precursor to today’s music video.

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