Press Releases


May 2021

           “Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic” presents 56 remarkable images of the jazz icon that challenge the tragic narrative that frequently defines her. Find Out More »


March 2021

           The In the Yard campaign is an effort to raise $101,000 by August 29, Parker's 101st birthday, to support educational jazz youth programming, increased digitization of collections and programs, and a new KC Jazz Incubator to support local musicians and the 18th and Vine district. Find Out More »


February 2021

           Charlie "Yardbird" Parker's Grafton saxophone, one of Kansas City's most treasured jazz artifacts, will embark on a journey to Lake Buena Vista, Florida today for an extended stay at EPCOT® Theme Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. Find Out More »


December 2020

         On December 17th the American Jazz Museum partnered with Truman Medical Centers and Smaxx to give free food to musicians. Find Out More »


           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. Find Out More »


September 2020

          The American Jazz Museum's newest gallery space honors Kansas City native Ida McBeth, a self-proclaimed "song stylist" and nationally recognized jazz legend. Find Out More »


June 2020

           The American Jazz Museum is excited to reopen on Tuesday, June 16th, 2020. Find Out More »


April 2020

          The American Jazz Museum and The Blue Room may be temporarily closed in effort to comply with the City’s “Stay at Home” Order, but the Museum has designed a contest to support local artists and pay homage to one of the world’s greatest musicians (and Kansas City native), Charlie Parker. Find Out More »


March 2020

           In order to support Kansas City’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 the American Jazz Museum and The Blue Room jazz club will be closed temporarily, effective immediately. Find Out More »


December 2019

           The American Jazz Museum Board of Directors has named Rashida Phillips as the Museum’s executive director, beginning January, 2020. Find Out More »


August 2019

​            As one of only two Smithsonian Affiliates in the Kansas City metro area, the American Jazz Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday September 21, 2019. Find Out More »


July 2019

          Join the American Jazz Museum for an entire month of programming celebrating Charlie “Bird” Parker. Find Out More »


June 2019

​           The American Jazz Museum’s Kansas City Jazz Academy has secured a performance residency at KCMO’s City Hall extending over the next 12 weeks. Find Out More »


May 2019

​           The American Jazz Museum, in partnership with Groovy Grant long-time DJ on KKFI 90.1 FM, will present a newly released album: Jay McShann Live in Tokyo on Monday, May 20th at 5:30pm in The Blue Room jazz club. Find Out More »

​           As the new Board of Directors of the American Jazz Museum shepherd the museum into its third decade, it has harnessed the thoughtful leadership of Ralph Caro as interim executive director. Find Out More »


April 2018

           American Jazz Museum statement on Museum Management Consultants, Inc. organizational assessment. Find Out More »


March 2018

           Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen will headline the Jazz Appreciation Month 2018 celebrations at the American Jazz Museum. Find Out More »

           The American Jazz Museum is launching a major collaboration with the Szczecin Jazz 2018 Festival in Szczecin, Poland.  Find Out More »

​           The American Jazz Museum presents Women in Jazz: Celebrate and Pay Tribute to Women Jazz Artists in the award-winning Blue Room for Women in Jazz month 2018.  Find Out More »


February 2018

  • Jazz Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

           The American Jazz Museum, in partnership with Kansas City Public Library and The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, announces its first ever Jazz Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon. Find Out More »


January 2018

           The American Jazz Museum is expanding its Kansas City Jazz Academy by launching a partnership with the Charlie Parker Memorial Foundation’s Kansas City Arts Outreach an established music education program with mission similar to that of the Museum’s Jazz Academy. Find Out More »


December 2017

            The American Jazz Museum, in partnership with the CODA Jazz Fund, proudly announces its eleventh annual Kansas City Musician’s Appreciation Day (KCMAD), an event that honors musical performers of all genres for giving the gift of music and performance all year round. Find Out More »


July 2017

           The American Jazz Museum is partnering with Harvesters Community Food Network to provide free, nutritional meals to kids as part of Kids Café, a program designed to serve meals to children under 18 who are at risk of hunger. Find Out More »


           Extreme dining event this Saturday will feature acrobatic servers delivering meals via tightrope to diners in 40-foot high, suspended restaurant. Find Out More »


            KC Film and The American Jazz Museum would like to alert residents, motorists, and visitors about an upcoming 6-day closure of 18th St from Paseo Blvd to Highland Ave and Vine St between 17th Terr and 19th St, including the parking lot at the corner of 18th St and Vine. Find Out More »


March 2017

             The American Jazz Museum is thrilled to welcome nationally acclaimed Louisiana pianist, Jon Batiste, to accept its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Find Out More »


February 2017

             The American Jazz Museum is pleased to partner with the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art to welcome Chicago-born, New York-based multimedia artist Rashid Johnson to feature his new body of work, Hail We Now Sing Joy.  Find Out More »


December 2016

            The American Jazz Museum is proud to announce that Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Folk Alliance International! Find Out More »

             The American Jazz Museum launches 2017 with a new and innovative exhibition, Spectrum: Autism, Art, and Music. Find Out More »