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Kansas City: Jazz

Kansas City Jazz: Jazz Around Kansas City

Below are our Kansas City Jazz recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, venue history and other points of interest in Kansas City Art.

American Jazz Museum

American Jazz Museum seeks to educate its visitors about America and Kansas City’s rich jazz history and preserve the art form for future generations to come. The Museum features a number of rotating exhibits including “Women in Jazz,” “Big Bands,” and “African-American Dance and Jazz,” along with the John Baker Film Collection, an archive of digitized 16 and 35mm films, and a memorial to Charlie Parker. In addition to its …more…

Majestic Steakhouse

With a beautifully restored interior in the historic Fitzpatrick Building, The New Majestic Steakhouse is about as close as one might come to stepping into a speakeasy in the early part of the last century. Live piano jazz during happy hour and the jazz ensembles on Friday and Saturday nights make for an entertaining evening. Dinner is rather expensive, so we recommend the happy hour, which partakes in one of …more…

Mutual Musicians Foundation

One of the original homes of jazz, Kansas City was the birthplace and training ground of many of the original innovators in jazz history, including Count Basie, Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Mary Lou Williams, with the Mutual Musicians Foundation playing a large part. Originally known as the Local 627 Musicians’ Union, catering to Kansas City’s African American musicians, the Foundation functioned both as social center and employment hub. Here Kansas …more…

The Blue Room

The roots run deep in KC and nowhere more so than The Blue Room. Live jazz Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday recalls the sounds of a time not so long ago when Kansas City was a prominent stop on the circuit of traveling jazz musicians. The decor evokes the area’s storied past and as part of the American Jazz Museum, visitors and locals alike can step back in time into …more…