The Group Travel Leader

MAR 2017

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4 1 A M E R I C A ' S C R O S S R O A D S "In the '30s and '40s, performers like Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald and John Coltrane — they would all come to 18th and Vine to play." Guests can enjoy interactive listening stations and touch screens throughout the permanent exhibition, and the museum frequently intro- duces new components, such as the upcoming "Jazz and the Presidency" exhibit, which explores the inf luence of jazz on U.S. presidents. Bill Clinton's saxophone will be featured as part of the display. "A lot of people are turned off by jazz because they think it's too intellectual for them, so the museum is a great way to expose people to jazz and show them how it shaped history as a true American art form," said Thompson. For a real taste of jazz culture, groups can stop by the museum's Blue Room Club in the evening to hear a live jazz set, offered four nights each week. The Gem Theatre also hosts numerous concert series with jazz masters and other Grammy winners throughout the year. One of the museum's most popular events is the Riffing on the Repertoire series, in which various authors from around the country dis- cuss their work and sign their books. Past guests have included celebrated jazz critic Ted Gioia and Pulitzer Prize winner Michael D'Antonio. Over Memorial Day weekend, the neighborhood floods with music and food in celebration of the annual Kansas City Jazz and Heritage Festival. w w w . a m e ri c a n j a z z m u s e u m . o r g Courtesy American Jazz Museum Groups can hear great live music at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. Beautiful Acres of sunflowers, bathing in golden light. A violet-peach sunset over the lush, rolling Flint Hills. A million stars gazing down upon a stone fence that stretches for miles. There's no place like Kansas for placing yourself into nature's canvas. 800.2.KANSAS · Near Lawrence

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