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Blue Room, The

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TYPE: Multi-Cultural Heritage
LOCATION/DISTRICT: Downtown Area
ADDRESS: 1600 E 18th St. Kansas City, MO 64108-
PHONE: 816-474-2929
TOLL FREE: 816-474-8463
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5 out of 5 stars (1 Review)

Price: Free Monday and Thursday; $10 on Friday and Saturday (unless otherwise noted)
Hours: Open 5-11pm Mon. & Thu., 5pm-1am Fri., 7pm-1am Sat. and Closed Tue-Wed.

The American Jazz Museum's Blue Room is a museum by day and a working jazz club at night. Four nights a week, the Blue Room resonates with the sweet sounds of Kansas City jazz.

As the only Kansas City club included in DownBeat magazine's list of the Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the world, the Blue Room consistently books top name national and international entertainers while it continues to showcase the best of jazz in Kansas City.

Back in the 1930s and '40s, the Blue Room was one of the hottest nightspots in the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District. Located in the Street Hotel, in its heyday the Blue Room featured some of the biggest names in entertainment. Today that legacy plays on as part of the American Jazz Museum; however, the name is the only thing that remains the same. Designed to resemble a nightclub from the 1930s, the Blue Room is a multifaceted exhibit focusing on the Kansas City connection to the evolution of jazz, featuring a wall of fame exhibiting the images of those local musicians that made the Kansas City-style swing.

Each of the nine tables are in fact display cases of rare artifacts from Kansas City's musical heyday when scores of nightclubs were swinging with sounds of live music. While in the Blue Room, you can view "soundies" from a video jukebox that features performances of jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller and John Coltrane.

Although smoking is prohibited in an effort to preserve the artifacts, alcoholic beverages are available at the bar and an appetizer buffet is available during Indigo Hour Friday evenings. Since its opening in September 1997, the club has built a loyal and ever growing following. Like its predecessor, today's Blue Room is one of the liveliest venues in the world with a strong heritage and a key part of sustaining Kansas City's place as the jazz mecca.

Visit our online events calendar for information about performances and show times, or call 816-474-VINE (8463). To reach the Blue Room during night hours, call 816-474-2929.

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McFraden Brothers

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5 out of 5 stars

04/05/2009
Christina S. - Great Bend , KS

The Blue Room made our whole trip! Fantastic!

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