The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure, which was formerly housed at EPCOT’s The American Adventure, opened in Kansas City at the American Jazz Museum today.

What’s Happening:

  • Walt Disney Imagineering has shared a behind-the-scenes look at the installation of the exhibit on their Instagram.
  • Also included at the link is a message about the exhibit from globally renowned musician Jon Batiste, co-composer of Soul.
  • At The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure, Joe Gardner, the musician, mentor and teacher from Disney and Pixar’s Soul, takes visitors on a tour as they discover the rich and surprising history of jazz.

  • The exhibit was first introduced at The American Adventure inside EPCOT as a tribute to a musical art form that originated by African Americans and fuses influences from many different cultures.
  • Following the exhibit’s run at EPCOT and the New Orleans Jazz Museum, it has now arrived at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • In February 2022, the exhibit will come to the National Jazz Museum in New York City – home to the Harlem Renaissance – where celebrated icons like Duke Ellington once performed.

  • Walt Disney Imagineering partnered with these local museums to recreate an EPCOT experience for visitors and residents to enjoy in their hometown – illustrating the legacy each region impressed upon jazz’s dynamic history and evolving culture.
  • You can take a look at the exhibit in its EPCOT location at The American Adventure in our article here, and watch a quick interview with Deb Van Horn, curator at Walt Disney Imagineering, here!
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