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Be a better jazz listener. Understand the music more dynamically as a cultural force that shapes every music genre that follows it, literature, history, popular culture, fashion, and more! Enjoy rich presentations from jazz scholars in the Jazz Speaker Series, see films, hear live music in the Blue Room and Gem Theater, and interact with artists.
Named after the famed 1930s Street Hotel club in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, the Blue Room simultaneously honors the past and showcases the present names in jazz. A multifaceted exhibition highlighting the countless musicians who crafted “Kansas City jazz,” a sound known all over the world, the Blue Room also provides a distinctive platform to present dynamic performances from the best local and national jazz talent in an intimate setting. The Gem Theater is home to the Jazz at the Gem concert series.
Jazz Speaker Series
Our Jazz Speaker Series brings top jazz scholars and authors to the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. Past speakers included noted authority Ted Gioia, speaking about his highly-acclaimed new book How to Listen to Jazz; and Williams College professor Rashida Briggs, author of Jazz Diasporas: Race, Music, and Migration in Post-World War II Paris. Additional presentations in the series focus on Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and Stan Levey.
Our engaging Museum tours bring Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington to life. Admission discounts are offered for groups of 25 or more. Tours are perfect for family reunions, corporate outings, networking events, and more! Email Leola White or call us at (816)474-8463 to book a tour.
Our lively "Guess Who Stands Behind the Music Stand?" presentation focuses on Jazz Masters and the history of the 18th & Vine Jazz District. Our staff comes to your office or club meeting for this presentation. Looking for live music? Leave it to us! We'll help connect you with a local jazz ensemble who will provide the atmosphere and experience you're seeking! Email Karen Griffin or call us at (816)474-8463 to book a tour.