Take a journey through jazz history and learn about jazz greats from Alabama including Nat King Cole, Dinah Washington and Erskine Hawkins at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame museum, in the historic Carver Theatre building in downtown Birmingham, houses exhibits and a performing arts venue. The museum is under renovation, but guided tours are available with reservations. It will reopen with the Birmingham Black Radio Museum, now in development.The Hall of Fame also operates WAJH 91.1 FM, Birmingham’s Jazz Hall Radio, which plays classic and new recordings with a focus on Alabama artists. If you’re not in Birmingham, you can access Jazz Hall Radio online at .
The American Jazz Museum has an extensive collection of jazz-related artifacts including photos, films, sound recordings and artworks that showcase the impact of jazz on Kansas City and the nation. Can’t make it to Missouri? View the museum’s exhibits with a virtual visit to their Google Arts & Culture . You can also see videos, virtual concerts and more on the museum’s YouTube channel.
You may know Cleveland, Ohio, is home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but two hours south of Memphis is a little Delta town called Cleveland, Mississippi, where you’ll find GRAMMY® Museum Mississippi, a treasure trove of American music history. And while you may associate this region with the blues, the museum’s exhibits span the spectrum from the blues to classical, country, gospel, jazz, Latin, pop and rock.Read MoreWikimedia Commons / CC BY SA
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Louis Armstrong House Museum
Corona, New York
In Corona, Queens, you can visit the home where jazz legend Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong lived with his wife, Lucille, from 1943 until his death in 1971. The house appears much as it did when the Armstrongs lived there, and as you walk through you’ll hear recordings of Armstrong as he practiced, recorded music or visited with friends. Exhibits include artifacts and photos from Armstrong’s career and life in Corona. Note: As of press time, reservations must be made in advance; no more than four visitors are allowed per tour. You can visit the museum’s , which include images, in-depth articles and recorded interviews.Read MoreCourtesy of National Museum of African American Music
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National Museum of African American Music
Visitors to “Music City” can now explore a vast showcase of African American contributions to American music at Nashville’s National Museum of African American Music. With 56,000 square feet of exhibits, the museum’s galleries cover over 50 genres including blues, jazz, gospel, R&B and hip-hop. The “Love Supreme” gallery traces the history of jazz from its beginnings in New Orleans to its migration north and explores how this blend of African American musical styles transformed into genres including Dixieland, swing and bebop.Read Moreflickr / CC BY
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The New Orleans Jazz Museum
New Orleans, Louisiana
No roundup of jazz history would be complete without a stop in the genre’s birthplace. The New Orleans Jazz Museum, in the historic Old U.S. Mint building, offers rotating exhibits related to jazz history and culture. Films, listening stations and other interactive elements help bring the stories to life, and if you’re visiting in the afternoon, you can see live performances by contemporary artists. (Note: The museum also offers .)Read MoreAAA
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