New Exhibits At The Musical Instrument Museum Pay Tribute To The Genres Best


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Ahmad Alaadeen once said, “jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given to the world.” That gift is alive at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix with the opening of two new jazz exhibits that will take visitors on a journey through the past, present and future of this incredible genre.

The permanent Jazz Genre exhibition, which opened in May, and the Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz exhibit opening in November include treasured instruments, photographs and artifacts of the varieties most famous artists.

Jazz Genre exhibit

This permanent exhibit dedicated to the beloved genre of jazz is home to some of jazz history’s most legendary instruments. One of the largest genre exhibits at the museum, visitors can enjoy original, unreleased performance footage of Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Mann and Lewis Nash from the Manchesters Craftsmen’s Guild, as well as photographs by Teenie Harris and 20 instruments belonging to jazz greats.

As part of a special loan from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History these pieces will be on view through 2014:

Cornet played by Louis Armstrong – Highly regarded as one of the most influential musicians in history, it’s believed that Armstrong was taught on this horn by Peter Davis, a teacher at New Orleans’ Colored Waifs’ Home where Armstrong lived from 1913-1914.

Clarinet played by Benny Goodman – A clarinet played during the latter part of Goodman’s career, who is widely recognized as the most popular clarinetist in American history.

Trumpet played by Harry James – A trumpet played by one of the leading trumpeters and bandleaders of the Swing Era.

Clarinet played by Artie Shaw – A clarinet played by Shaw during the recording of Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine.”

Other treasured instruments on display, include:

A guitar played by Charlie Christian – A 1940 ES-250 electric guitar played by Christian, a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz.

Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz

On exhibit in the Target Gallery Nov. 21, 2012 – April 6, 2013, this amazing traveling showcase features 75 photographs by William Gottlieb illustrating the contemporary jazz scene in the 1930s and 1940s, highlighting the ‘golden age of jazz.’ Gottlieb’s images of storied artists such as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and Billy Holiday have become standard representations of jazz history. The legacies of these pioneers will not only live on through the music they created, but through the photographs that Gottlieb so magnificently captured.

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