American Jazz Museum

The American Jazz Museum is a museum in Kansas City, Missouri. Its mission is to educate the public about jazz music and its history and influence. The organization was founded in July 1988 by pianist Marjorie Eliot and then-mayor Richard L. Berkley as a nonprofit corporation with the purpose of furthering interest in jazz, stimulating performance of it on a local, national, and international level, and fostering an appreciation for the contributions of artists. The museum is partnered with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., which helped to conserve its collection of artifacts such as album covers and other jazz-related items, many donated by major jazz musicians beginning in 1990 after a two-year search. 

The museum building is a historic three-story art deco structure that originally housed the Cooper Theatre. The American Jazz Museum was founded in 1988 by Marjorie Eliot, a pianist and former president of the Penny Lane Music Company, who wanted to create an educational organization that would preserve jazz history and expands awareness of jazz as influential music. The museum is located in the 18th and Vine District, which was once an entertainment center for African-American culture in Kansas City. The American Jazz Museum building was originally built as a movie theater by C. Howard Crane, who also designed Detroit, Michigan’s Orchestra Hall (1925) at 19 West Randolph Street.

The building is now a designated historic landmark. It was renamed the Ollie Theater for its new role as a jazz performance space in 1986, and it hosted live performances until 1994 when it became a museum. In 1996, the American Jazz Museum expanded to become two separate institutions: the original museum on 18th Street and a larger annex on Main Street called the International Jazz Hall of Fame. The 18th Street building closed its doors in 2008, however, due to structural problems with the roof and foundation, as well as water damage resulting from a broken pipe. The museum reopened on September 16, 2011, at its new location on the second floor of the 18th & Vine District’s American Jazz Heritage Building at 1616 East 18th Street. The new location provides about three times more space, allowing visitors to view the extensive collections of artifacts including album covers and other jazz-related items donated by major artists beginning in 1990 after a two-year search.

The museum’s second floor is home to two permanent exhibits, “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns” and “Jazz: From Ragtime to Fusion.” The third-floor houses rotating special exhibits. The fourth floor is used for educational events, including programs held by the museum’s education department. The fifth-floor houses a special area called the “Blue Room” that is available for rent and hosts performances, receptions, dinners, and other events.

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