PHOENIX (May 22, 2012) On May 26, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) will open a new exhibit dedicated to the beloved genre of jazz. The exhibit, located in the museum’s United States/Canada gallery, will be home to some of jazz history’s most noteworthy instruments and will be one of the largest genre exhibits in the museum.
The new jazz exhibit will include approximately 20 instruments, many played by jazz greats, as well as original, unreleased performance footage of Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Mann, Spyro Gyra, and others from Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.
MIM, a Smithsonian Affiliate, collaborated with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to display instruments from legendary jazz artists. The following loaned objects will be on view through 2014:
Other treasured instruments on display include:
“We are proud to display such wonderful pieces of jazz history together in a single exhibit,” said MIM curator Cullen Strawn. “Jazz is a musical family containing an incredibly wide range of expression and ongoing innovation. It truly is a national treasure that is celebrated around the world, making it a perfect fit for a place of honor at MIM.”
MIM will celebrate the exhibit opening with a variety of special events on May 26. The festivities will include two curator talks about instruments featured in the jazz exhibit; live jazz music; jazz songs played on the Apollonia dance organ; a jazz-themed menu in the Café at MIM; and jazz music, books, and gifts available for purchase in the Museum Store. Visit theMIM.org for a full schedule of events.
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Erin Miller, Media Relations Specialist