American Jazz Museum Features Grammy-Winning And Oscar-Nominated Stars For Virtual Event Believe In: AJM

For Immediate Release 

December 1, 2020

Lisa Heishman, Director of External Affairs & Communications


A global pandemic is not enough to stop the American Jazz Museum from keeping the spirit of "where jazz lives" alive at 18th & Vine. This Thursday, December 3rd at 7pm, over 350 guests from Kansas City and cities across the U.S. will tune into Believe In: AJM, a virtual event to celebrate jazz music - an American art form that was shaped right here in KC, and one that continues inspire musicians from all generations. 

This one-hour, interactive at-home experience tells a heartwarming story of music mentorship between local jazz legends Bobby Watson and Lonnie McFadden, and local rising stars Morgan Faw and Charles Fisher. Viewers will also get the chance to meet Rashida Phillips, who stepped into the museum's Executive Director role right before the onset of COVID-19. Additional local performers include Charles Williams, the James Ward Band, Kemet Coleman, Lisa Henry, and Eclipse. 

At the time of this publication, only 12 seats remain for a special VIP experience set to air at 6:30PM featuring Grammy-winning artist Christian McBride, Grammy-nominated Jazzmeia Horn, and Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated Terence Blanchard, who has composed musical scores for most Spike Lee films, including 2019 Oscar-winning film BlacKkKlansman. 

Guests who purchase a VIP ticket will also receive a basket of drinks, food, and goods from local makers, as well as a special surprise item that will allow them to participate in the show. 

Registration is required to receive a link to view this event. For more information, or to register and purchase VIP tickets, visit 


About the American Jazz Museum
The mission of the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City is to celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through performance, exhibition, education, and research at one of the country’s jazz crossroads – 18th & Vine. As the only museum in the world solely focused on the preservation, exhibition and advancement of jazz music, the American Jazz Museum is dedicated to public service and collaborative efforts to expand the influence, awareness and appreciation of jazz among the widest demographic of people across the Kansas City region, as well as among those based in various locations worldwide. For a complete list of upcoming programs and performances, visit