NEW YORK — One of Disney World’s newest attractions is headed to Harlem next year.
“The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” exhibit — first introduced as an exclusive experience at EPCOT in February — will travel to three American museums in the next year.
Created as a tribute to the unique musical art form originated by African Americans who fused influences from many different cultures to create jazz, the expansive exhibit will visit three jazz museums: The New Orleans Jazz Museum in New Orleans, the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Mo., and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
“Walt Disney Imagineering is thrilled to bring the compelling story of jazz to EPCOT,” Walt Disney Imagineering executive Carmen Smith said when the exhibit was launched. “Our team was honored to work with jazz experts and institutions across the country to explore the rich history and influence of this truly American musical art form. We hope guests are as inspired by ‘The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure’ as our Imagineers were bringing this exhibit to life.”
Artifacts from renowned jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong’s Selmer trumpet, “Jazz Jubilee” sheet music handwritten by Jelly Roll Morton (who was one of the genre’s original performers and composers) and drumsticks of Gene Krupa (a member of influential jazz groups such as the Benny Goodman Orchestra and Tommy Dorsey’s band).
Visitors will also see two maquettes of characters from the Academy Award-winning 2020 Disney Pixar film “Soul” — Joe Gardner and Dorothea Williams.
There will be a virtual experience available for fans to take a photo with Joe (voiced by Jamie Foxx) and the band. Joe shares the rich and surprising history of jazz from several influential cities, including its birthplace New Orleans, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The more technologically enhanced can test their knowledge of jazz and interact with the exhibit by using the Play Disney Parks mobile app.
The exhibit’s tour kicks off at the New Orleans Jazz Museum on Tuesday and then makes its way to the American Jazz Museum Dec. 10 in Kansas City.
During Black History Month 2022, “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” will culminate at the National Jazz Museum, located on West 129th St. in Harlem.
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