Music is everywhere. Jingles play on commercials, theme songs play at the beginning of every show, a baseball game isn’t complete without countless sound clips giving the crowd a reason to clap or shout “Charge”, but this month is dedicated to a very specific genre of music. April is Jazz Appreciation Month. There are many reasons to appreciate Jazz. It’s a lively music that you can feel in your soul. The brass speaks through to your bones and down to your toes where even those with two left feet can’t help but at least tap one of them along to the beat. That being said, most people are inspired to dance.
In Kansas City, we’re fortunate enough to house the 18th and Vine Historic Jazz District. In the 20s, 30s, and 40s, Jazz masters Charlie Parker, Count Basie, and Big Joe Turner defined the sounds of jazz right here.
In this district you can find the American Jazz Museum, Blue Room, Green Lady Lounge, and Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen. These are all highly recommended locations in the Kansas City area for good local Jazz. What better way to spend Jazz Appreciation Month, than to tour some of Kansas City’s best Jazz hot spots as well as the American Jazz Museum? You may appreciate today’s jazz more after learning about the Jazz of the past.
Have a great April and enjoy Jazz Appreciation Month in Kansas City!