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New Museum Jazzes Up Kansas City

September 07, 1997

The Kansas City Jazz Museum, touted as the biggest U.S. museum on the topic, opened this weekend in that Missouri city's 18th & Vine District, where Louis Armstrong, Charlie "Bird" Parker, Ella Fitzgerald and other greats performed in the area's 1920s-40s heyday.

The museum, which will draw on more than 2,500 artifacts, including native son Parker's acrylic saxophone, has its own live jazz club, the Blue Room. It shares a new, 55,200-square-foot building with a visitors center and with an expanded Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, opening in November.

The projects, under way for eight years, cap restoration of the commercial center of the nine-block, mainly African American district. The jazz museum is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. Adult admission is $6. Information: (816) 871-3016.

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