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Here’s how to celebrate International Jazz Day in KC

Our city’s most historic cultural export is playing full swing on Tuesday, April 30.

A silhouetted man playing the saxophone

Listen to a little of what gave KC its big start. | Photo via Pexels

There’s music in the air... more so than usual. That’s because it’s International Jazz Day (Tuesday, April 30), and as the US’s only UNESCO City of Music, it’s a pretty big deal here in KC.

Start tapping your toes with:

  • Center for Recorded Music | 12-6 p.m. | UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry St., KCMO | Free | Listen to classic records, live music, and special guests.
  • Latin Jazz Institute | 5:30-7 p.m. | 1617 Baltimore Ave., KCMO | Free with RSVP | Learn about jazz hertiage and the KC-Chile Jazz Exchange.
  • KC Jazz Alive | 7 p.m. | 3400 Main St., KCMO | $0-$20 | This panel discussion focuses on the past, present + future impact of the Kansas City sound.

Want a way to keep the music going? Tune in anytime to local jazz radio station KOJH-LP 100.5 FM, a partner of Mutual Musicians Foundation. The American Jazz Museum is another local treasure — stop by for historic exhibits and live performances at the Blue Room.