[JPL] American Jazz Museum marks 10 years
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Thu Sep 13 13:16:50 EDT 2007
Posted on Tue, Sep. 11, 2007
American Jazz Museum marks 10 years
By DEANN SMITH
The Kansas City Star
The American Jazz Museum is emphasizing community ties as it holds a
three-day gala this week marking a decade in the 18th and Vine Historic
The headline event Friday night is sold out, but organizers have
activities planned for Thursday, Friday and Saturday including a street
festival, free concerts, lectures, a domino tournament and a free
pancake breakfast. Admission to both the jazz museum and the Negro
Leagues Baseball Museum will be free Saturday, and periodic guided tours
will be given.
"We are truly building such a spirit of community here," the jazz
museum's executive director, Gregory Carroll, said Tuesday. "It is a
huge event, but it is an event I think will come off with flying colors."
The three days of the celebration, called "Turning X on 18th and Vine,"
kick off at 6 p.m. at the Gem Theater. Historians and others will
discuss the area as a hub of commerce, culture and entertainment in an
event called "More Than Jazz, More Than Baseball."
Local youth will attend all-day sessions called "Jazz Jump-start." The
students will get to watch a live rehearsal by Patti LaBelle and the
Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band and jam at the Mutual Musicians
The public is invited to join the schoolchildren for a discussion about
jazz at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Gem Theater. The panelists include John
Lee, executive director of the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Band, and
renowned New Orleans jazz pianist and composer Ellis Marsalis.
Friday night, Marsalis will receive the museum's Lifetime Achievement
Award and play a song at the sold-out gala at the Gem. LaBelle and the
Gillespie band will also play separately and together.
"It's almost like marrying a dream team," Carroll said.
The Rebirth Brass Band, a New Orleans band whose repertoire includes
traditional jazz music, will perform both Friday and Saturday. The band,
which is participating as part of a new "Sister Cities" collaboration
with the jazz district, will conduct a march to kick off a parade
The 11 a.m. parade goes down the middle of the historic district and
will include a high school marching band and motorcyclists.
A pancake breakfast begins at 10 a.m. and continues while supplies last.
For Saturday's street festival, Carroll said an eclectic lineup will
appeal to a variety of tastes, including jazz, gospel, and rhythm and
blues music on four stages. Funk artists Cameo will be the headline act
beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Besides merchandise and food vendors, the activities will also include a
domino tournament, dancing, film screenings, oral histories from "elder
statesmen" about the district and appearances by Negro Leagues baseball
Councilwoman Sharon Sanders Brooks said she is concerned about adequate
parking, but said there is considerable excitement from residents about
the festivities, particularly the street festival Saturday.
"People can't believe it's free," she said.
For more information, call 816-474-8463, or to get a complete lineup of
the festivities, go to www.americanjazzmuseum .org.
To reach DeAnn Smith, call 816-234-4412 or send e-mail to
dsmith at kcstar.com <mailto:dsmith at kcstar.com>.
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