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Travel South Planner 2017

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Located in the Historic 18th and Vine District, the American Jazz Museum is noted for its interactive exhibits and for focusing on musicians such as Charlie Parker (who lived in the Kansas City area), Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Inside the museum, The Blue Room jazz club is an out- standing venue for live music four nights a week and it's one of many places to enjoy jazz in Kansas City. Other hot spots include Green Lady Lounge, The Phoenix, and The Majestic Restaurant. The American Jazz Museum is found at 1616 E. 18th St., and is co-located with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Rates for groups of 25 or more are available. While names like Berry and Parker are well- known to music lovers, there's another musi- cian who is often overlooked, but equally influential. Scott Joplin wasn't a Missourian by birth, but he spent many years living in the Show- Me State and composed some of his most popular works here. Joplin's first major contri- bution, Maple Leaf Rag, helped cement his reputation as "The King of Ragtime." You can glimpse into Joplin's life in St. Louis, where the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site is found near the heart of downtown. Joplin lived in St. Louis when he composed The Entertainer, which became one of his best known works, thanks in part to it being used as the theme music for the 1973 film, The Sting, which won seven Oscars, including one for best musical score. Joplin lived in Sedalia at the time the Maple Leaf Rag was published. Today, his life and music are celebrated annually at the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival (May 31-June 3, 2017) in Sedalia. The festival includes a guided bus tour that follows Joplin's footsteps around Sedalia, along with concerts, symposiums, dances and after-hours jams. HAVE AUTHORED AMERICA'S MUSIC

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