[JPL] $4 million jazz museum planned

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Sat Jan 10 13:42:24 EST 2009

Posted on Fri, Jan. 09, 2009

  $4 million jazz museum planned

A $4 million project is planned that will transform the third floor of 
the Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter into a multimillion-dollar jazz 
museum and performance space.

Construction is scheduled to begin in August, with the opening slated 
for spring 2010.

Grammy Award-winning modern jazz trumpter Terence Blanchard says the 
project is not about preserving the past, but about recognizing the past 
and moving into the future.

As part of the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, the beefed-up 
museum will incorporate the State Museum's already substantial 
collection of jazz artifacts. That collection includes sheet music, 
manuscripts, photographs, records - including what is thought to be the 
first jazz recording, from 1917 - and instruments such as Louis 
Armstrong's first cornet.


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