Mission: To celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through research, exhibition, education, and performance at one of the country''s jazz crossroads - 18th & Vine.
Programs: Jammin’ at the Gem, the American Jazz Museum’s subscription performance series was lauded by The Kansas City Star as one of the most important cultural additions to our community in recent years. It features high profile national and international jazz musicians in performance at the 18th & Vine Historic Gem Theater. This series of five to six concerts annually presents some of the most celebrated jazz artists on the scene today including the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Joshua Redmon and NEA American Jazz Masters Jimmy Heath, Herbie Hancock, Roy Haynes, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis and Dave Brubeck, Randy Weston, Curtis Fuller and more. This year's season showcased notables Clark Terry, Jimmy Cobb and the Miles Davis Tribute Band, The Clayton Brothers, Oleta Adams, Bilah and Maysa, Bobby Watson and the 18th & Vine Big Band with Ernie Watts and Barry Lee Hall Jr of the Ellington Orchestra.
This is one of the finest organizations we have today in us. not only an incredible museum but their mission is to support jazz education and appreciation and to foster a better understanding of jazz from our past to our present and the future. this is a true American art form and this organization salutes the artist and its product.
The crossroads of 18th and Vine can be felt across America.